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Margolyes, Miriam Biography




biography of Margolyes, Miriam

18 May 1941, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK
5' 0"
A veteran of stage and screen, award-winning actress Miriam Margolyes has achieved success on both sides of the Atlantic. Winner of the BAFTA Best Supporting Actress award in 1993 for _The Age of Innocence (1993)_ (qv) she also received Best Supporting Actress at the 1989 LA Critics Circle Awards for her role in _Little Dorrit (1988)_ (qv) and a Sony Radio Award for Best Actress on "Radio" in 1993. She was the voice of Fly the dog in _Babe (1995)_ (qv). Major credits during her long and celebrated career include _Yentl (1983)_ (qv), _Little Shop of Horrors (1986)_ (qv), _I Love You to Death (1990)_ (qv), _End of Days (1999)_ (qv), _Sunshine (1999)_ (qv), _Cold Comfort Farm (1995) (TV)_ (qv), _Cats & Dogs (2001)_ (qv), _Magnolia (1999)_ (qv) and she was Prof. Sprout in _Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)_ (qv). Most recently Margolyes appeared in 'Stephen Hopkins (I)' (qv)' _The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004)_ (qv), _Modigliani (2004)_ (qv), 'István Szabó (I)' (qv)'s _Being Julia (2004)_ (qv) and _Ladies in Lavender. (2004)_ (qv) (with Dames 'Maggie Smith (I)' (qv) and 'Judi Dench' (qv)), which is opening at the NY Tribeca Festival on April 23rd. Most memorable TV credits include _"Screen Two" (1985) {Old Flames (#6.1)}_ (qv), _"Freud" (1984)_ (qv), _"The Life and Loves of a She-Devil" (1986)_ (qv), _"The Black Adder" (1982)_ (qv), _The Girls of Slender Means (1975) (TV)_ (qv), _Oliver Twist (1982) (TV)_, _"The History Man" (1981)_ (qv), _Vanity Fair (2004)_ (qv) , _Supply & Demand (1997) (TV)_ (qv). She was Franny in the CBS sitcom _"Frannie's Turn" (1992)_ (qv) and starred recently in the Miss Marple episode, "Murder at the Vicarage". Stage credits include "The Vagina Monologues", Sir 'Peter Hall (I)' (qv)'s Los Angeles production of "Romeo & Juliet", "She Stoops to Conquer" and "Orpheus Descending" (all for Sir 'Peter Hall (I)' (qv)), "The Killing of Sister George", "The Threepenny Opera" ('Tony Richardson (I)' (qv)), 'Michael Lindsay-Hogg' (qv)'s "The White Devil" at The Old Vic, the Bristol Old Vic production of "The Canterbury Tales" and her own award-winning, one-woman show, "Dickens' Woman". In the 2002 Queen's New Years Honours List, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II awarded her the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British) Empire for her services to Drama.
Paul Coates



-   She was awarded O.B.E. (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2002 Queen's New Years Honours List for her services to drama.

-   Works and has homes in the US, UK and Australia.

-   Is of Belarussian-Jewish descent.

-   In the Independent on Sunday [UK] 2006 Pink List - a list of the most influential gay men and women - Margolyes came no. 93, down from last year's no. 29.

-   Attended Oxford High School GDST.

-   Was offered the role of Professor Laird in Doctor Who: Resurrection of The Daleks. Chole Ashcroft took the role.

-   Became an Australian citizen on 26 January 2013. She was part of the Australia Day ceremony attended by Prime Minister Julia Gillard (who was also born in UK, in Wales).


-   Was the voice of the Cadbury's Caramel Rabbit.

-   Played Mme. Ranevskaya in a production of Anton Chekov's "The Cherry Orchard" in York, England.

-   Radio (2005): Played "Smelly Photocopier Woman" in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Quandary and Quintessential Phases on BBC Radio 4.

-   Narrator of 'Mars' (2007). A short 23-minute movie shown at the space theatre in Leicester's National Space Centre, England.

-   (1979) She acted in Caryl Churchill's play, "Cloud Nine," in a Joint Stock Theatre Group production at the Mac Robert Arts Centre in Stirling, Scotland with Antony Sher, Jim Hooper, Julie Covington, Carole Hayman, and Tony Rohr in the cast.

-   (1976) She acted in John Webster's play, "The White Devil," at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Glenda Jackson, Jonathan Pryce, Jack Shepherd, Frances De La Tour, Patrick Magee, John Kane, and James Villiers in the cast. Michael Lindsay-Hogg was director.

-   (October 1993) She acted in Oliver Goldsmith's play, "She Stoops to Conquer," in a Peter Hall Company production at the Queen's Theatre in London, England with Donald Sinden, David Essex, Emily Morgan, Tom Beard, and Leon Sinden in the cast. Peter Hall was director.

-   (2003) She acted in William Congreve's play, "The Way of the World," in a Sydney Theatre Company production at the Sydney Opera House Drama Theatre in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia with Damien De Montemas, Genevieve O'Reilly, Marta Dusseldorp, Sean O'Shea, and John Batchelor in the cast. Gale Edwards was director.

-   (1988) She acted in Tennesse Williams' play, "Orpheus Descending," at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London, England with Vanessa Redgrave, Paul Freeman, Julie Covington, Jean-Marc Barr, Margery Mason, and Carol Gillies in the cast. Peter Hall was director.

-   (1972) She acted in Bertolt Brecht, Kurt Weill, and Ian McDiarmid's musical, "The ThreePenny Opera," at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London, England with Vanessa Redgrave, Joe Melia, Ronald Radd, Annie Ross, Barbara Windsor, Diana Quick, Hermione Baddeley, Lon Satton, Arthur Mullard, and Henry Woolf in the cast. Tony Richardson was director.

-   (2010) Starring in a new production of Me and My Girl at The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, England until late January 2011

-   (1985) 'Sheena Easton' (qv)'s music video "Swear."


-   I'm not the sort of woman men boast of having slept with.

-   As you certainly know, Queen Victoria did not believe in lesbianism. So that was why it was never a criminal offense, in the way homosexuality was, because she thought it was impossible.

-   I'm an actress and I am a scholar of English literature. And I never know which part of that is more important to me. I think it obviously must be the acting part because otherwise I would have become an academic, which I didn't do. But I've always had a love of English literature and particularly of Charles Dickens.

-   I think it's very likely that because (Dickens) was able to depict - in a way that I don't think had ever been done before - people's real lives, it had an enormous response among the poor. So he was the last great artist whose work was appreciated by everybody. People at the very top and the very bottom loved Dickens. Queen Victoria asked him to come and read for her and people in the street would clap him as he went. And he very much needed that contact with real people. It mattered to him. He felt, I think, that he was a man of the people. And he was.

-   Nowadays people say that you must let children be what they are, but when I was growing up the parents defined the child. And my parents had a definite vision of how they wanted me to be.

-   Early patterns are very important. They are the paradigm for relationships, since they are the earliest ones you observe. I am a clone of my mother, whereas my partner is like my father in that she's a thoughtful person, a scholar, who is extremely quiet, not demonstrative.

-   I used to sleep around and be silly because I thought I was an ugly, fat little person and couldn't believe that anyone would want me. So I did it to prove I could get someone.

-   [on her mother] She took centre-stage in our lives. She was the star. And when I hear pieces of music that my mother liked, I weep. I think it's true that the people you've loved in your life never leave you, because seeds of that love always remain flowering somewhere.


-   (July 2004) Sydney, Australia

-   (2005) Doing The Importance of Being Earnest on Broadway.

-   (2005) Rehersing for a tour of Importance of Being Earnest with Lynn Redgrave. The tour stops in LA and at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

-   (December 2006) Playing Madame Morrible in the London production of Wicked.

-   (April 2008) Appearing in the Broadway production of "Wicked".

-   (January 2013) Canberra, Australia: Becoming a naturalised Australian citizen - "I've wanted to be an Australian for a very long time. My partner is Australian."

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