Who plays Ma Larkin in The Larkins?

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The Larkins is based on the book The Darling Buds of May, written by H.E. Bates which was transformed into a TV series in the 1990s. The ITV comedy-drama has made perfect Sunday-night viewing over the past few weeks and returned for its latest instalment on Sunday, October 24. This time, Ma Larkin (played by Joanna Scanlan) is eager to spend some more quality time with her loved ones.

WARNING: This article contains spoilers from The Larkins.

In The Larkins’ In Which Pop and Ma Go on Holiday, Ma was worried about her beloved husband working himself too hard.

So she thought the best remedy for this would be a little break away from the daily hustle and bustle.

Ma booked a weekend getaway for herself and Pop (Bradley Walsh) to Margate, leaving Charley (Tok Stephen) and Mariette Larkin (Sabrina Bartlett) to take care of the children.

This meant Pop and Ma were able to go on their very own adventure, even if it didn’t exactly go according to plan.

Who plays Ma Larkin in The Larkins?

The Larkins’ Ma is played by actress and screenwriter Joanna Scanlan.

She has been in popular series such as The Thick of It, Getting On, The Accident Puppy Love and Hold the Sunset.

Scanlan has also starred in Channel 4 No Offence where she played DI Vivienne Deering.

But her talent isn’t limited to just being in front of the camera.

As well as her acting work, the 59-year-old creates television shows herself.

In fact, she was the screenwriter behind both Getting On and Puppy Love which she starred in.

Scanlan was even nominated for three BAFTA TV Awards for Getting On, including two for Best Writing.

But Ma Larkin is a different challenge for the actress as the character is worlds apart from any other role she has had.

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Speaking to What to Watch, Scanlan said: “Ma is a happy woman, and playing her has made me realise that I’ve never been asked to play a happy woman before!

“She has a happy marriage and she’s an excellent mum.

“She’s hugely hospitable, and you will see the tables groaning with these most unbelievable feasts that she is able to provide! 

“She’s competent, capable and funny, but there’s also a certain spice to her, and she can give as good as she gets!” 

The Larkins will return on Halloween, Sunday, October 31, for the episode In Which the Larkins Rescue the Railway Station.

The synopsis reads: “News reaches Pop that the train station is to close.

“With the help of reluctant Miss Chand and villagers, Pop seizes the opportunity to save the railway – and make money along the way.

“Mariette fights with Pauline, and Charley makes a big decision.”

The Larkins is available to watch every Sunday at 8pm on ITV.

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