Mostly Credited As: Pamela Cundell
Birth Name: Pamela Isabel Cundell
Date Of Birth: January 15, 1920 (Age 95)
Country Of Birth: United Kingdom
Birth Place: Croydon, Surrey, England
Date Of Death: February 14, 2015
Height: 5' 5 ½" (1.66 m)
The entertainment industry was very much in Pamela Cundell's blood as both of her parents were in the business. From an early age, her dream was to follow in their footsteps. She trained at the Guildford School of Music and Drama, before going into rep and appearing as a stand-up comic in summer tours. She appeared on TV for the first time in 1957, alongside Peter Sellers and Michael Bentine in "Yes, It's the Cathode-Ray Tube Show" and then in "Jim's Inn". During her long career, Pamela has worked with many of Britain's greatest comedians, such as Frankie Howerd, Harry Worth, Benny Hill, and Bill Fraser. She went on to play Vi Box in "Big Deal", which ran for three seasons on BBC television, and also Mrs Monk, the housekeeper in "The Choir". On stage, she has appeared in several pantos, and even more plays, including: Corsican Brothers, Wham Bam Thank You Mam, Lil Ole King Cole, The Rose and the Ring, Climb the Greased Pole, Plunder, High Spirits, and Beer Glorious Beer. On TV, she has appeared in Bootsie and Snudge, No Hiding Place, Beggar My Neighbour, The Benny Hill Show, The Barry Humphries Show, Doctor in the House, The Root of All Evil, The Frankie Howerd Show, Are You Being Served?, The Borrowers, and On The Buses. She has also appeared in the following films: Love Thy Neighbour, Half a Sixpence, The Waiters, and Mrs Brown You've Got a Lovely Daughter. Pamela has also found time to fit in a few television advertisements along the way, too !
But for all the activity noted above, Pamela is perhaps best known for her 'larger than life' appearances as Mrs Fox in the superb Jimmy Perry/David Croft sit-com Dad's Army. In her first appearance, she was simply credited as 'The Lady in the Queue' (in Jack Jones' butcher's shop), but from then on her character was firmly named as Mrs Fox. In real life, Pam is as bold and dramatic as the character she played in the series, and has regularly 'lit-up' Dad's Army Appreciation Society events by simply entering the room ! Asked why Dad's Army is still so popular with young and old alike, after all these years, Pam answered: "Because it's very funny, and not rude !".