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 35 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, published in 2006, has sold over ¼ million copies. Pam’s autobiography, THE NECESSARY APTITUDE, was published in hardback in 2011, and was the UK’s best-selling female autobiography of 2011. The paperback is published in September this 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 and Celebrity Mastermind.
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 four series of her own programme, Ayres on the Air, the most recent due for transmission in Autumn 2012.
Pam has toured Australia and New Zealand regularly over the past 35 years, the most recent tour being in 2011, and she is one of the few solo comediennes to have performed in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House.
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 Sandingham 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 Gloucestershire, on a smallholding, where Pam is a keen and knowledgeable bee-keeper and gardener. They also keep chickens, guinea fowl, cattle, sheep and pigs.