Miriam Margolyes is a British-Australian actress. She received Australian citizenship in 2013. She is also the author of two books, Dickens’ Wives (2012) and the autobiography This Much is True (2021). She was appointed as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2002 New Year Honors for her service to the drama.
Miriam Margolyes Personal Life
Miriam Margolyes was born on 1 18 May 1941 in Oxford, England to Joseph Margolyes (1899–1995), a Scottish physician and general practitioner from the Gorbals area of Glasgow, and property-developer Ruth Margolyes (1905–1974), daughter of a second-hand furniture dealer and auctioneer.
Miriam is the only daughter of her parents. She grew up in a Jewish family whose ancestors immigrated to Great Britain from Belarus and Poland. At the age of 20, she began acting and appeared in the Cambridge Footlights production. She represented Newnham College in the first series of University Challenge, where she may have been one of the first people to say “Fuck!” she claims that she used the word in a show (1963) out of frustration.
Miriam Margolyes Career
Margolyes first gained recognition for her work as a sound artist. In the 1970s, she recorded a mild porno called Sexy Sonia: Leaves from my Schoolgirl Notebook. She played most of the female characters in the Japanese action series Monkey. She also worked with the theater company Gay Sweatshop and was a voice actress in the Japanese TV series The Water Margin. In 1974, she appeared in the BBC Radio 2 comedy series The Betty Witherspoon Show alongside Kenneth Williams and Ted Ray.
Margolyes’ first major role was as Elephant Ethel in Stand Up, Virgin Soldiers (1977). In the 1980s she appeared in Blackadder with Rowan Atkinson: roles include the Spanish Infanta in Blackadder, Lady Whiteadder in Blackadder II, and Queen Victoria in A Christmas Carol. In 1986, she had a major supporting role in the BBC drama The Life and Loves of a She-Devil. She won the 1989 LA Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Flora Finching in Little Dorrit (1988). On American television, she hosted the short-lived 1992 CBS series Frannie’s Turn.
In 1994, she won a BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Mrs. Mingotti in Martin Scorsese’s The Age of Innocence (1993). In 1989, Margolyes wrote and performed a one-woman show, Dickens’ Wives, in which she portrayed 23 characters from Dickens’ novels. In 2005, Margolyes directed the ten-part BBC Four documentary Dickens in America, which followed Dickens’ 1842 journey across the United States. Margolyes played Aunt Sponge and voiced Glow-Worm in James and the Giant Peach (1996). She played a sister in Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet (1996).
She provided the voice of the rabbit character in animated advertisements for Cadbury caramel bars and Fly the Dog in the Australian-American family film Babe (1995). She played Professor Sprout in the 2002 film Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. She reprised his role as Professor Sprout in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (2011). In a 2011 interview on The Graham Norton Show about her Potter characters, Margolyes said she got on well with Maggie Smith, but admitted quite bluntly that she “didn’t like the one who died”, referring to Richard Harris.
In 2004, Margolyes portrayed Peter Sellers’ mother Peg Sellers in the Golden Globe-winning film The Life and Death of Peter Sellers. In 2006, Margolyes was one of the cast members of the London musical Wicked opposite Idina Menzel. She played Madame Morrible, a role she reprised on Broadway in 2008. In 2009, she appeared in a new production of Samuel Beckett’s The Last Play at the Duchess Theater in the West End. Margolyes voiced Mrs. Plithiver, the blind snake, in the 3D animated epic Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole (2010). In 2011, Margolyes recorded the track on the album The Devil’s Brides by klezmer musician-ethnographer Yale Strom. Margolyes played the recurring character Prudence Stanley on the Australian television series Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries from 2012 to 2015.
In 2014, she voiced Nana in the Disney Junior animated series Nina Must Go! In January 2016, Margolyes appeared in the travel documentary The Real Marigold Hotel, in which a group of eight celebrities traveled to India to see if retirement would be more lucrative there than in the UK. The series was awarded with two Christmas specials, The Real Marigold On Tour, of Florida and Kyoto. She narrated a 2016 ITV documentary about Lady Colin Campbell called Lady C and the Castle. In December 2017, Margolyes performed in the second season of The Real Marigold On Tour in Chengdu and Havana. She appeared in the first episode of the third series, where she traveled to Saint Petersburg with Bobby George, Sheila Ferguson, and Stanley Johnson.
In January 2018, Margolyes hosted a three-part series for the BBC, Miriam’s Great American Adventure, which highlighted American citizens and the country’s affairs. She voiced Queen Oofefa in Early Man. Since 2018, Margolyes has played mother Mildred in the BBC One drama Call The Midwife. She played Miss Shepherd in the 2019 production of The Lady in the Van for the Melbourne Theater Company in Melbourne, Australia. In 2021, she played Lillian opposite Helen Monks in the BBC Radio 4 comedy Charlotte and Lillian, where she presented her autobiography This Much Is True.
On 5 November 2021, she appeared on BBC One’s The Graham Norton Show, where she launched her autobiography This Much Is True, explaining that it was only written because she was “paid a huge amount of money”. On September 16, 2021, Margolyes published This Much Is True through Hachette Books. In April 2022, Margolyes was the subject of the BBC documentary Miriam Margolyes: Up for Grabs in the Imagine…, in which she was interviewed by Alan Yentob. In November 2022, it was revealed that Margolyes had signed on to perform at the Doctor Who 60th Anniversary event.
She appeared on BBC Radio 4’s The Museum of Curiosity in February 2023. Her hypothetical gift to that fictional museum was “Charles Dickens and all his works”.
Miriam Margolyes Net Worth
Miriam has a net worth of $6 million. She has worked on more than 150 acting projects and has done voice roles on different projects.
Miriam Margolyes Relationship
Margolyes is a lesbian. In 2013, she called herself a “dyke” on live national television and in front of then-Prime Minister Julia Gillard. Since 1968 she has been in a relationship with Heather Sutherland, now a retired Australian professor of Indonesian studies. They divide their time between London and Kent in England, Robertson in Australia, and Montis in Italy.
Miriam Margolyes Education
Margolyes attended Oxford High School. She completed her graduation at Newnham College, Cambridge, in the field of English.
Miriam Margolyes Physical Stats
|Height||5feet 0 inch|
Miriam Margolyes Wiki/Bio
|Full Name||Miriam Margolyes|
|Date Of Birth||18 May 1941|
|Age||81 (as of 2023)|
|Nationality||United Kingdom, Australia|
|Parents||Ruth Margolyes, Joseph Margolyes|
|Partner||Heather Sutherland (1967-)|
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