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Actor of the Week: MIRIAM MARGOLYES

Updated: Apr 30, 2022

Age: 80

Birthday: 18th May

Miriam Margolyes is a British-Australian actress. Her earliest roles were in theatre; after several supporting roles in film and television, she won a BAFTA Award for her role in Martin Scorsese's The Age of Innocence (1993) and was cast in the role of Professor Sprout in the Harry Potter film series.

Margolyes has another connection to the world of witches - she provides the reading for the BBC's Audio Version of Jill Murphy's The Worst Witch.

Margolyes has spent many years dividing her time between England, Australia, and Italy. She has starred in productions in both England and Australia, including the Australian premiere of the 2013 play I'll Eat You Last. She became an Australian citizen in 2013.

I'll Eat You Last is a One-Act One Woman Play about the talent agent, Sue Mengers. Bette Midler starred in the original American production.

Awards & Nominations:


1994 - WIN: Best Supporting Actress: THE AGE OF INNOCENCE

How do you rate Miriam Margolyes' movies?




Imagine: Miriam Margolyes

BBCiPlayer - Streaming

One of Britain's best-loved and most provocative actresses, as well known for her candid chat show appearances as her performances in Call the Midwife, the Harry Potter movies and Martin Scorsese's Age of Innocence. Following the release of her autobiography, This Much Is True, she opens up to Alan Yentob, with typical frankness, about her career highs and her most vulnerable moments. Offering further insight into her character are friends and colleagues Richard E Grant, Charles Dance, Eileen Atkins, Patricia Hodge, Tony Robinson and Vanessa Redgrave.

FILM: Cats & Dogs (2001)

Monday 2nd May, ITV2, 9:30am

Margolyes in another family film as cats v dogs!

FILM: James and the Giant Peach (1996)

Monday 2nd May, Sky Cinema Family, 11:00am

Margolyes has a lot of fun with Joanna Lumley as the two horrible aunt's in this Roald Dahl adaptation.

FILM: Early Man (2018)

Wednesday 4th May, Sky Cinema Animation, 8:10pm

Margolyes provides the voice of the Queen in this Aardman animation.


FILM: Ladies in Lavender (2004)

Margolyes appears in this period drama.


FILM: The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017)

It might not be the right time of the year for it but check out the origins of Charles Dickens writing A Christmas Carol.

What's your favourite Miriam Margolyes performance / film?


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