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Pam Ayres

Occupation:Broadcaster, Entertainer, Poet

It was November 1975 when Pam Ayres made her first TV appearance on the TV talent show, Opportunity Knocks, the “Britain’s Got Talent” TV show of its day, and this proved to be the start of an incredible career for a unique entertainer.

Over 40 years later, writer, broadcaster, and entertainer Pam Ayres is still one of the biggest selling female comedians in the UK, selling out virtually every theatre that she plays. Pam’s most recent book of poems, “You Made Me Late Again!” was published in 2013, and like all her books, featured in the Sunday Times Bestseller list for several weeks. Pam’s latest book The Last Hedgehog was published in May.

Pam’s autobiography, “The Necessary Aptitude”, was published in 2011, and was the UK’s best-selling female autobiography of that year. Pam is one of the few authors who has had bestsellers in the Sunday Times charts in every decade since the 1970s. Total sales of her books since the mid-1970s are now many millions.

On TV in recent years Pam has appeared on programmes including Paul O’Grady, The One Show, Gardeners’ World, QI, Countdown, Alan Titchmarsh, Springwatch Unsprung, and Celebrity Antiques Road Trip. Pam is currently filming a programme for BBC TV about ‘Women in the Armed Forces’ over the past century, talking about her time in the WRAF in the 1960s.

Pam is a regular broadcaster on BBC Radio 4, including Just A Minute, Loose Ends, Quote Unquote and Saturday Live, and she has also recorded five series of her own programme, “Ayres on the Air”, with Series 6 due to be recorded in February 2018.

Pam has toured Australia and New Zealand regularly over the past 40 years, and she is one of the few solo comediennes to have performed in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House. She has appeared at countless Literary Festivals including Hay, Cheltenham, Edinburgh, Henley, Althorp, Dubai, and Gibraltar.

Pam has appeared three times for HM The Queen – at the Silver Jubilee Royal Variety Performance in 1977, at a Royal Gala Charity Reception at St. James Palace in 1996, when Pam, as the only entertainer, performed part of her solo stage show, and finally at Sandringham Women’s Institute in 2004, when the Queen attended a meeting of the local WI in her capacity as President of the local branch of the WI. Subsequently, Pam was honoured to be awarded the MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours of 2004.

Pam and her husband live in a village in Gloucestershire, where Pam is a keen gardener, and protector of hedgehogs. She is an active patron of a local Wildlife Rescue Centre, and Cheltenham Animal Shelter.

“From the moment that Pam Ayres walked onto the Stage, she captivated her audience with humour, wit, and a perfect sense of timing. What was unexpected for me, was the sensitivity with which she described things such as the departure of her son for university, and the arrival of her grandson into her family. This session was one of my highlights of Hay Festival this year because I laughed so hard that my stomach ached for hours afterwards, and it is wonderful to witness a true craftswoman practice her art.” Review from Hay Festival, 2015

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