|Miriam Margolyes Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 1 in|
|Date of Birth||May 18, 1941|
Miriam Margolyes is a British-Australian character actress and voiceover artist known for her performances like Mrs. Mingott in The Age of Innocence, Professor Pomona Sprout in the Harry Potter film series, Flora Finching in Little Dorrit, and Prudence Elizabeth Stanley in Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. Also, she was honored by Queen Elizabeth II in the New Year honors list as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for Services to Drama in 2002.
Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom
She divides her time among her homes in –
- London and Kent in England, United Kingdom
- Robertson in Australia
- Tuscany in Italy
Miriam Margolyes studied at Oxford High School and Newnham College, Cambridge, where she read English. She also represented Newnham College in the first series of University Challenge, a British quiz program.
Character Actress, Voiceover Artist
- Father – Joseph Margolyes (1899–1995) (Scottish physician from the Gorbals area of Glasgow)
- Mother – Ruth (née Walters) (1905-1974) (English property investor and developer)
- Siblings – She is an only child.
- Others – Philip Margolyes (Paternal Grandfather), Rebecca Turiansky (Paternal Grandmother), Sigismund/Sidney Sandeman/Walters (Maternal Grandfather), Flora Posner (Maternal Grandmother), Symeon Sandmann (Maternal Great-Grandfather)
5 ft 1 in or 155 cm
80 kg or 176.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Miriam Margolyes has dated –
- Heather Sutherland (1968-Present) – In 1968, she started dating Heather Sutherland, a retired Australian professor of Indonesian studies.
Race / Ethnicity
She is of Ashkenazi Jewish descent.
She referred to herself as a “dyke” live on national television and in front of then-prime minister Julia Gillard as she became an Australian citizen on Australia Day 2013.
She provided vocals to Cadbury‘s Caramel Bunny in the British adverts.
She was raised in a Jewish household.
Miriam Margolyes Facts
- She started acting in her 20s and was cast in productions by the Cambridge Footlights.
- Her ancestors relocated to the United Kingdom from Belarus and Poland.
- While representing Newnham College in the first series of University Challenge, Miriam Margolyes may have been one of the first people to say “f*ck” on British television. She has claimed to have used the word in frustration on the show in 1963.
- She has been friends with Jane Cussons, Patricia Hodge, and Mary Tamm.
- In 1993, she appeared as Mrs. Mingott in the American historical romantic drama film, The Age of Innocence, directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Winona Ryder. For this role, Margolyes won the British Academy Film Award for “Best Supporting Actress”.
- Author, actor, and comedian David Walliams has stated that he used Margolyes as a model for the title character in his children’s book Awful Auntie after a rude exchange with her during a stage production. However, he has maintained that he has nothing against her and is a fan of her work.
- Some of her critically acclaimed stage performances include playing Madame Morrible in Wicked, Nell in Endgame, Miss Shepherd in The Lady in the Van, and Gertrude Stein in Gertrude Stein and a Companion.
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