Wanda Ventham Biography
Wanda Ventham is an English actress born on 5 August 1935 in Brighton, United Kingdom. She is known primarily for her role as Colonel Virginia Lake in the 1970s science-fiction television series UFO, and for her recurring role as Cassandra Trotter’s mother Pamela Parry in the sitcom Only Fools and Horses from 1989–92. She also appeared in two episodes of The Saint alongside Roger Moore.
Wanda Ventham Age
She was born on 5 August 1935 . She is 83 years old as of 2018.
Wanda Ventham Family
Ventham was born in Brighton, to Gladys Frances and Frederick Howard Ventham. With her greatest dream being to become an artist, she attended art school for a year, whilst working as a scenic painter for the Connaught Theatre, in Worthing, West Sussex, during her school holidays. Due to exposure to professional theatre she decided to leave art school and pursue a career in acting. She went to the Central School of Speech and Drama, alongside Judi Dench, graduating in 1956.
Wanda Ventham Husband
Ventham got married to her first husband James Tabernacle in 1957 and they had one daughter, Tracy. However they divorced on 12 November 1974. Later she met actor Timothy Carlton in 1970 while filming sequences for the drama series A Family at War and they have been married since April 1976.
Wanda Ventham Children
She has two children Benedict Cumberbatch and Tracy Peacock
Wanda Ventham Career
Ventham’s first film role was in 1956 in My Teenage Daughter , with Anna Neagle and Sylvia Syms. In 1964 she appeared in Carry On Cleo and Carry On… Up the Khyber (1968). She starred in the mystery film, Death is a Woman in 1966, alongside Mark Burns . Her best known role was on television as Col. Virginia Lake, second in command to Cmdr. Ed Straker (Ed Bishop) in the cult series UFO.
Her other numerous TV credits include regular roles in Heartbeat as Fiona Weston, Hetty Wainthropp Investigates as Margaret Balshaw, and The Rag Trade as Shirley. She also played a love interest for Arthur Daley in Minder, Susan’s mother in Coupling, and Deborah’s mother in Men Behaving Badly. She played the lead role in the 15-part BBC series The Lotus Eaters (1972–73), opposite Ian Hendry, and made a guest appearance in Rutland Weekend Television. She appeared in an episode of Danger Man, and the series Patrick McGoohan completed immediately afterwards – the allegorical spy series The Prisoner – as well as the sitcoms Executive Stress and Next of Kin, and the sketch show The Two Ronnies.
She has appeared on three occasions in Doctor Who over three decades: as Jean Rock in The Faceless Ones (1967), as Thea Ransome in Image of the Fendahl (1977) and as Faroon in Time and the Rani (1987). She appeared in Image of the Fendahl opposite Denis Lill. The two later played Pamela and Alan Parry in the sitcom Only Fools and Horses.
She and her husband Timothy Carlton appeared in the BBC adaptation of Sherlock in 2014, as the parents of Sherlock Holmes, who is played by their son Benedict Cumberbatch. She also appeared in Holby City as Myrtle McKee, a hospital patient who leads a double life.
Movies and TV Shows
- 1956 My Teenage Daughter
- 1959 The Navy Lark
- 1961 We Joined the Navy
- 1962 Solo for Sparrow
- 1964 Carry On Cleo
- 1965 The Big Job
- 1965 The Knack …and How to Get It
- 1966 Death Is a Woman
- 1966 The Spy with a Cold Nose
- 1967 Mister Ten Per Cent
- 1968 The Blood Beast Terror
- 1968 Carry On Up the Khyber
- 1974 Invasion: UFO
- 1974 Captain Kronos – Vampire Hunter
- 2002 Mrs Caldicot’s Cabbage War
- 2005 Asylum
- 2012 Run for Your Wife
- 2016 Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie
- 1962–1963 The Rag Trade
- 1964–1965 Danger Man
- 1964–1966 The Saint
- 1965 The Likely Lads
- 1965 The Avengers
- 1967 The Prisoner
- 1967 The Caesars
- 1967–1971 The Troubleshooters
- 1967, 1977, 1987 Doctor Who
- 1969 The Gold Robbers
- 1969 Department S
- 1970 Z-Cars
- 1970–1971 A Family At War
- 1970 Doctor At Large
- 1970–1973 UFO
- 1971 Thirty-Minute Theatre
- 1972–1973 The Lotus Eaters
- 1975 The Sweeney
- 1975 Rutland Weekend Television
- 1976 Emmerdale Farm
- 1977 Crown Court
- 1978–1979 Fallen Hero
- 1980 The Two Ronnies
- 1982 Minder
- 1986–1987 Executive Stress
- 1988 All Creatures Great and Small
- 1989 Capstick’s Law Madge Capstick
- 1989–1992 Only Fools and Horses
- 1995–1996 Next of Kin
- 1996–1997 Heartbeat
- 2001 Coupling
- 2005 Midsomer Murders
- 2007 Lewis
- 2014–2017 Sherlock
- 2018 Holby City
Wanda Ventham Youtube
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8. 10 Things that are Killing Your Kidneys.