Everyone loved the film adaptation of the novel Matilda. Matilda, played by Mara Wilson, was an adorable genius who desperately wanted to be loved. Her parents, played by Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman, didn’t appreciate her and the real villain in the movie was the evil and menacing school principal Miss Trunchbull played by Pam Ferris.
Miss Trunchbull was horrible! She made us fear adults, especially at school. She was evil, harsh and psychotic. She tortured the children and was a tyrant! She even threw a little girl hundreds of feet into the air by her braids for crying out loud.
In the end of the movie, the children rebel against Miss Trunchbull. They throw books, toys and their lunches and lunch boxes at her. She is chased out of the school by an angry mob of children and she is never to be seen again.
So what happened to the cast of Matilda? Mara Wilson grew up to be a bright young woman. She has written several novels and has been interviewed on several podcasts. She still acts here and there and was in an episode of Broad City and lent her voice to several episodes ofBoJack Horseman. It looks like she recovered from the abuse of Miss Trunchbull!
Devito and Perlman, who were married and together for more than 35 years, have officially called it quits after years of being together off and on again. Devito also directed Matilda and has been busy with It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia as well as other projects. Perlman has been seen on Hung, Kirstie, The Mindy Project and more.
Jimmy Karz who played Bruce Bogtrotter only has a few credits under his belt since the movie wrapped. He played "The studliest kid at the bar mitzvah" in The Wedding Singer and he did an episode of ER in 1998. According to his IMDB page, he has changed directions and in 2014, he started attending the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
And what happened to the horrible Miss Trunchbull played by Pam Ferris? It turns out that Pam Ferris isn’t so frumpy and abusive in real life. She is actually a normal human being and not an evil monster. It’s called acting, people!
The hair and makeup crew on set did an amazing job to turn her into such a despicable character. Her sneering face was mean and menacing and those teeth! They did a convincing job of making her look like an ex-Olympic brute of a woman.
But this is far from what Pam Ferris looks like and acts like in real life. Since her role as Miss Trunchbull she has gone on to play more characters in many different movies and TV shows. Some just as evil and some a bit more pleasant. Here she is as Sister Evangelina in The TV Series Call The Midwife.
Remember Harry’s Aunt Marge in The Prisoner of Azkaban? Yes, that is her. In the movie one of her lines is, "I still don't like your tone, boy. If you can speak of your beatings in that casual way, they clearly aren't hitting you hard enough.” Sounds like something Miss Trunchbull would say.
Not all of her roles after Matilda have been so brutal. She has worked consistently and played many different characters. Ferris has also had roles in The Rave, Pollyanna, Children of Men, the BBC adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Little Dorri and Gavin and Stacey.
In 2013, the cast of Matilda decided to had a reunion. Wilson, Devito, Perlman, Jimmy Karz and Ferris were all there. During the reunion, they filmed it and made a documentary based around the event called Afternoon Tea, A Matilda Reunion.
A lot of the other kids featured in the movie showed up. Ferris even reenacted the famous chocolate cake scene, but without the costume of course. I’m sure it was way less scary out of character and this many years later.
She is now 69 years old. She is rocking her gray hair and looks a lot sweeter and gentler than the characters she tends to get cast in. She looks way more like a sweet grandmother than the terrifying principal we all grew up with.