It would seem like the plots on the iconic BBC Radio 4 series The Archers are getting more and more farfetched and chaotic.

This year we’ve heard of Freddie’s release from prison, his father’s death after falling off the roof and his mother’s inevitable descent into depression.

But never fear, as new character Aunt Camilla is here to sort everything out!

So who is Camilla and who plays her on the radio show? Read on to find out everything about the latest addition…

Pictured: Patricia Hodge.

Who is Camilla in The Archers?

Camilla enters the show as the aunt of Freddie and Lily Pargetter.

With Freddie’s return from prison, Camilla is determined to turn his life around, trying to obtain internships for him and the sort.

Hear Camilla’s rather dramatic entrance to the show below…

Who plays Camilla in The Archers?

Patricia Hodge OBE plays Camilla.

The 72-year-old is originally from Lincolnshire but relocated to London when her theatre career was taking off in the early 1970s.

After studying at the prestigious drama school LAMDA, where Patricia was awarded the Eveline Evans Award for Best Actress upon her graduation, Patricia’s career skyrocketed.

And she’s so talented she was awarded an OBE in 2017 for her services to drama!

What has Patricia Hodge been in?

Her work was initially in theatre, where she became a renowned stage actress.

She won an Olivier award for Best Supporting Actress in 2000 for her work in the play Money. Before winning she had been nominated twice for Best Actress awards but had been unsuccessful in taking home the win.

But following her success on stage, Patricia has also transitioned to television work.

Most notable, Patricia played Penny – Miranda’s mother – in Miranda from 2009 to 2015!

Will Camilla be on The Archers for good?

It is unconfirmed how many episodes Aunt Camilla will be in, but we definitely want to hear more from her!

The Archers airs every day, besides Saturday, at 7 pm.

The 12-minute shows are combined in an omnibus every Sunday morning at 10 am.

 

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