Mrs Wormwood

"A girl should think about making herself attractive so she can get a good husband later on. Looks is more important than books."

Meet Mrs Wormwood


"A girl should think about making herself attractive so she can get a good husband later on. Looks is more important than books."

Mrs Wormwood is the neglectful mother of Matilda and her brother Michael. She's more interested in her TV programmes and playing bingo as often as she can to notice that her daughter is bordering on genius. When Matilda's teacher, Miss Honey, comes to tell her parents that she thinks Matilda could be brought up to university standard, Mrs Wormwood declares that looks are more important.

In the 1996 film adaptation of Matilda, Mrs Wormwood was played by Rhea Perlman. In the RSC's musical adaptation of the story, Mrs Wormwood's obsession is dancing as opposed to bingo, but she's equally as neglectful and obnoxious.

On stage and screen

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From 'The Parents'

Quotes

I'm afraid men are not always quite as clever as they think they are.

Mrs Wormwood 1

Roald Dahl's Matilda

What on earth were you trying to do, make yourself look handsome or something? You look like someone's grandmother gone wrong!

Mrs Wormwood

Now look at me, then look at you. You chose books. I chose looks.

Mrs Wormwood

In the classroom

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