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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.
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-   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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Acting in movies

  1. "Inconceivable" (2005) {Balls in Your Court (#1.4)}
  2. Moving Pictures (2013) {{SUSPENDED}}
  3. In Love with Dickens (2012) (TV)
  4. Sir Billi (2012)
  5. Spirit-ED (2012)
  6. The Cow That Almost Missed Christmas (2012) (TV)
  7. The First Fagin (2012)
  8. The Guilt Trip (2012)
  9. The Wedding Video (2012)
  10. "Let's Do Lunch with Gino & Mel" (2011) {(#2.12)}
  11. "Loose Women" (1999) {(#17.17)}
  12. "Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries" (2012) {Cocaine Blues (#1.1)}
  13. "Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries" (2012) {Death at Victoria Dock (#1.4)}
  14. "Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries" (2012) {Death by Miss Adventure (#1.10)}
  15. "Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries" (2012) {King Memses' Curse (#1.13)}
  16. "Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries" (2012) {Murder in the Dark (#1.12)}
  17. "Q&A" (2008) {Barry Humphries joins Q&A (#5.18)}
  18. "The Graham Norton Show" (2007) {Compilation (#11.13)}
  19. "The Graham Norton Show" (2007) {Will.I.Am/Miriam Margolyes/Greg Davies/Adam Lambert (#11.11)}
  20. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)
  21. The Itch of the Golden Nit (2011)
  22. The Water Warriors (2011) {{SUSPENDED}}
  23. "Blue Peter" (1958) {How We Itched the Golden Nit}
  24. "Breakfast" (2000) {(2011-01-10)}
  25. "Breakfast" (2000) {(2011-05-30)}
  26. "Doc Martin" (2004) {Born with a Shotgun (#5.3)}
  27. "Late Review" (1994) {(2011-10-28)}
  28. "The Graham Norton Show" (2007) {Stanley Tucci/Miriam Margolyes/Jimmy Carr/Bruno Mars (#8.19)}
  29. A Closed Book (2010)
  30. Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole (2010)
  31. "20 to 1" (2005) {Our All Time Favourite Films (#9.11)}
  32. "Breakfast" (2000) {(2010-02-15)}
  33. "Coming of Age" (2007) {Doreen (#2.6)}
  34. "Loose Women" (1999) {(#14.135)}
  35. "Loose Women" (1999) {(#15.8)}
  36. "Merlin" (2008) {The Changeling (#3.6)}
  37. "Loose Women" (1999) {(#14.53)}
  38. "The Sarah Jane Adventures" (2007) {The Gift: Part 1 (#3.11)}
  39. "The Sarah Jane Adventures" (2007) {The Gift: Part 2 (#3.12)}
  40. Blackadder Exclusive: The Whole Rotten Saga (2008) (TV)
  41. Blackadder Rides Again (2008) (TV)
  42. Blackadder's Most Cunning Moments (2008) (TV)
  43. How to Lose Friends & Alienate People (2008)
  44. "Kingdom" (2007) {(#2.4)}
  45. "The Graham Norton Show" (2007) {(#2.13)}
  46. A Tribute to John Inman (2007) (TV)
  47. Greatest Ever Romantic Movies (2007) (TV)
  48. Roald Dahl's Revolting Rule Book (2007) (TV)
  49. The 50 Greatest Television Dramas (2007) (TV)
  50. The Dukes (2007)
  51. What the Pythons Did Next... (2007) (TV)
  52. "American Dad!" (2005) {I Can't Stan You (#2.17)}
  53. "Arena" (1975) {Flames of Passion: The Other Side of British Cinema}
  54. "The Graham Norton Show" (2007) {(#1.13)}
  55. "The Graham Norton Show" (2007) {(#2.11)}
  56. Flushed Away (2006)
  57. Greatest Ever Blockbuster Movies (2006) (TV)
  58. Happy Feet (2006)
  59. Sir Billi the Vet (2006)
  60. The Royal Variety Performance 2006 (2006) (TV)
  61. University Challenge: The Story So Far (2006) (TV)
  62. "Breakfast" (2000) {(2006-07-24)}
  63. "Breakfast" (2000) {(2006-12-12)}
  64. "Girls Who Do: Comedy" (2006) {(#1.1)}
  65. "Jam & Jerusalem" (2006) {(#1.4)}
  66. "Dickens in America" (2005)
  67. Top 50 Greatest Celebrity Animals (2005) (TV)
  68. Wallis & Edward (2005) (TV)
  69. "Art of the Garden" (2004)
  70. Agatha Christie Marple: The Murder at the Vicarage (2004) (TV)
  71. Being Julia (2004)
  72. Chasing Liberty (2004)
  73. End of the Line (2004)
  74. Ladies in Lavender. (2004)
  75. Modigliani (2004)
  76. The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004)
  77. "This Morning" (1988) {(2004-10-08)}
  78. "From Hollywood to Borehamwood" (2003)
  79. Build a Scene (2003) (V)
  80. Interviews with Professors & More (2003) (V)
  81. "Britain's Finest" (2003) {Castles (#1.4)}
  82. "V Graham Norton" (2002) {(#4.22)}
  83. 40 Years of University Challenge (2002) (TV)
  84. Alone (2002)
  85. Another Audience with Ken Dodd (2002) (TV)
  86. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
  87. Plots with a View (2002)
  88. "Dickens" (2002) {Blazing Away (#1.2)}
  89. "Dickens" (2002) {Secrets (#1.1)}
  90. "Dickens" (2002) {Terror to the End (#1.3)}
  91. "Heroes of Comedy" (1995) {Hattie Jacques (#6.4)}
  92. Cats & Dogs (2001)
  93. In Search of Peace (2001)
  94. Not Afraid, Not Afraid (2001)
  95. "Magic Grandad" (1993) {Seaside Holiday: Entertainment (#3.3)}
  96. "Magic Grandad" (1993) {Seaside Holiday: The Beach (#3.2)}
  97. "Magic Grandad" (1993) {Seaside Holiday: The Promenade (#3.1)}
  98. "Rugrats" (1991) {Finsterella (#8.6)}
  99. House! (2000)
  100. "Dharma & Greg" (1997) {Midwife Crisis (#4.5)}
  101. Dreaming of Joseph Lees (1999)
  102. End of Days (1999)
  103. Magnolia (1999)
  104. Sunshine (1999)
  105. Babe: Pig in the City (1998)
  106. Candy (1998/I)
  107. Left Luggage (1998)
  108. Mulan (1998)
  109. The First Snow of Winter (1998)
  110. "Reputations" (1994) {Kenneth Williams: Desperately Funny (#5.4)}
  111. "Rugrats" (1991) {The Family Tree: Part 1 (#5.12)}
  112. "Supply & Demand" (1998) {Blood Ties: Part 1 (#1.5)}
  113. "Supply & Demand" (1998) {Blood Ties: Part 2 (#1.6)}
  114. "Supply & Demand" (1998) {Golden Goose: Part 1 (#1.3)}
  115. "Supply & Demand" (1998) {Golden Goose: Part 2 (#1.4)}
  116. "Supply & Demand" (1998) {Raw Recruit: Part 1 (#1.1)}
  117. "Supply & Demand" (1998) {Raw Recruit: Part 2 (#1.2)}
  118. "Vanity Fair" (1998) {(#1.2)}
  119. "Vanity Fair" (1998) {(#1.3)}
  120. "Vanity Fair" (1998) {(#1.4)}
  121. "The Phoenix and the Carpet" (1997)
  122. The IMAX Nutcracker (1997)
  123. The Long Way Home (1997)
  124. The Place of Lions (1997) (TV)
  125. "Q.E.D." (1982/II) {Move Over 'Babe'!}
  126. "Richard and Judy Exclusive" (1997) {(#1.5)}
  127. Different for Girls (1996)
  128. James and the Giant Peach (1996)
  129. Babe (1995)
  130. Balto (1995)
  131. Cold Comfort Farm (1995) (TV)
  132. "This Morning" (1988) {(1995-05-12)}
  133. "Moonacre" (1994)
  134. Immortal Beloved (1994)
  135. Liberation (1994)
  136. "Just William" (1994) {William's Busy Day (#1.6)}
  137. Ed and His Dead Mother (1993)
  138. Monkey Business (1993) (V)
  139. The Age of Innocence (1993)
  140. The Princess and the Cobbler (1993)
  141. "The Comic Strip Presents..." (1982) {Demonella (#7.5)}
  142. As You Like It (1992)
  143. Stalin (1992) (TV)
  144. "Aspel & Company" (1984) {(#9.10)}
  145. "Frannie's Turn" (1992) {Frannie and the Kitchen Sink (#1.6)}
  146. "Frannie's Turn" (1992) {Gentlemen, Wrap Your Guava (#1.5)}
  147. "Frannie's Turn" (1992) {Money Talks, Olivia Walks (#1.2)}
  148. "Frannie's Turn" (1992) {Pilot (#1.1)}
  149. "Frannie's Turn" (1992) {Sex and Saints (#1.3)}
  150. "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (1992) {(#1.72)}
  151. Dead Again (1991)
  152. Echoes That Remain (1991)
  153. The Butcher's Wife (1991)
  154. "Tonight at 8.30" (1991) {Hands Across the Sea (#1.1)}
  155. "Tonight at 8.30" (1991) {Ways and Means (#1.6)}
  156. I Love You to Death (1990)
  157. Orpheus Descending (1990) (TV)
  158. Pacific Heights (1990)
  159. The Fool (1990)
  160. The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship (1990) (TV)
  161. "Screen Two" (1985) {Old Flames (#6.1)}
  162. "Muzzy Comes Back" (1989)
  163. Murderers Among Us: The Simon Wiesenthal Story (1989) (TV)
  164. Blackadder's Christmas Carol (1988) (TV)
  165. Little Dorrit (1988)
  166. "Mr. Majeika" (1988) {Bewitched, Bothered & Be-Wilhermina-d (#1.3)}
  167. "The Media Show" (1987) {(#2.1)}
  168. Body Contact (1987)
  169. Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story (1987) (TV)
  170. The Finding (1987) (TV)
  171. "A Little Princess" (1986) {(#1.1)}
  172. "A Little Princess" (1986) {(#1.2)}
  173. "A Little Princess" (1986) {(#1.3)}
  174. "A Little Princess" (1986) {(#1.4)}
  175. "A Little Princess" (1986) {(#1.5)}
  176. "A Little Princess" (1986) {(#1.6)}
  177. "Muzzy in Gondoland" (1986)
  178. Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
  179. Scotch & Wry (1986) (V)
  180. "Black-Adder II" (1986) {Beer (#1.5)}
  181. "The Life and Loves of a She-Devil" (1986) {(#1.2)}
  182. "The Life and Loves of a She-Devil" (1986) {(#1.3)}
  183. Morons from Outer Space (1985)
  184. The Good Father (1985)
  185. "Oliver Twist" (1985) {(#1.12)}
  186. "Oliver Twist" (1985) {(#1.5)}
  187. "Oliver Twist" (1985) {(#1.6)}
  188. "Oliver Twist" (1985) {(#1.8)}
  189. "Oliver Twist" (1985) {(#1.9)}
  190. "The Living Body" (1984)
  191. Electric Dreams (1984)
  192. Frida Kahlo & Tina Modotti (1984)
  193. "Freud" (1984) {The Hypnotist (#1.2)}
  194. "Freud" (1984) {The Secret of Dreams (#1.3)}
  195. "Freud" (1984) {The World as Dream (#1.6)}
  196. Yentl (1983)
  197. "The Black Adder" (1982) {The Queen of Spain's Beard (#1.4)}
  198. Crystal Gazing (1982)
  199. Scrubbers (1982)
  200. "Crown Court" (1972) {Resurrection Woman: Part 1 (#11.4)}
  201. "A Kick Up the Eighties" (1981)
  202. Reds (1981)
  203. "Take a Letter Mr. Jones" (1981) {Business Before Pleasure (#1.6)}
  204. "Take a Letter Mr. Jones" (1981) {The Holiday (#1.3)}
  205. "Take a Letter Mr. Jones" (1981) {The Interview (#1.1)}
  206. "Take a Letter Mr. Jones" (1981) {The Japanese Contract (#1.4)}
  207. "Take a Letter Mr. Jones" (1981) {The Protector (#1.2)}
  208. "Take a Letter Mr. Jones" (1981) {The Trade Fair (#1.5)}
  209. "The History Man" (1981) {Gross Moral Turpitude (#1.4)}
  210. "The History Man" (1981) {Part 1: October 2nd 1972 (#1.1)}
  211. "The History Man" (1981) {Part 3: October 3nd 1972 (P.M.) (#1.3)}
  212. The Apple (1980)
  213. The Awakening (1980)
  214. "Tales of the Unexpected" (1979) {Fat Chance (#2.6)}
  215. "The Lost Tribe" (1980) {Even a Holiday (#1.4)}
  216. "The Lost Tribe" (1980) {Judgement of Solomon (#1.5)}
  217. "The Lost Tribe" (1980) {Whaur's the Milk and Honey (#1.6)}
  218. "The South Bank Show" (1978) {Beryl Cook and Joint Stock Theatre Group (#2.15)}
  219. "Saiyûki" (1978)
  220. On a Paving Stone Mounted (1978)
  221. Confessions from a Holiday Camp (1977)
  222. Spasms (1977) (TV)
  223. Stand Up, Virgin Soldiers (1977)
  224. "Chalk and Cheese" (1977) {Pilot (#1.0)}
  225. "Play for Today" (1970) {The Thin End of the Wedge (#8.10)}
  226. Christmas Box (1976) (TV)
  227. The Battle of Billy's Pond (1976)
  228. "Angels" (1975) {Challenges (#3.16)}
  229. "Angels" (1975) {Walkabout (#2.13)}
  230. "Crown Court" (1972) {Auld Lang Syne: Part 1 (#5.90)}
  231. "Kizzy" (1976) {The Wagon (#1.1)}
  232. "Plays for Britain" (1976) {The Life-Swappers (#1.2)}
  233. "The Glittering Prizes" (1976) {A Past Life (#1.3)}
  234. Rime of the Ancient Mariner (1975)
  235. The Girls of Slender Means (1975) (TV)
  236. On the Game (1974)
  237. "Childhood" (1974) {Easter Tells Such Dreadful Lies (#1.5)}
  238. "Fall of Eagles" (1974) {Tell the King the Sky Is Falling (#1.11)}
  239. "World of Laughter" (1974) {(#1.1)}
  240. "Doctor in Charge" (1972) {Men Without Women (#2.2)}
  241. "Jackanory Playhouse" (1972) {The Wily Wizard and the Wicked Witch (#1.2)}
  242. A Nice Girl Like Me (1969)
  243. "ITV Playhouse" (1967) {The Ha Ha (#2.43)}
  244. "Dixon of Dock Green" (1955) {An Ordinary Man (#15.4)}
  245. "Jackanory" (1965) {Albert the Dragon and the Centaur: A Plan Is Hatched (#5.33)}
  246. "Jackanory" (1965) {Albert the Dragon and the Centaur: Albert Finds a Curious Creature (#5.31)}
  247. "Jackanory" (1965) {Albert the Dragon and the Centaur: An Eventful Journey (#5.34)}
  248. "Jackanory" (1965) {Albert the Dragon and the Centaur: The Problem Child (#5.32)}
  249. "Jackanory" (1965) {Albert the Dragon and the Centaur: Wishes Come True (#5.35)}
  250. "Boy Meets Girl" (1967) {Flight of the Kingfisher (#1.4)}
  251. "ITV Play of the Week" (1955) {ITV Summer Playhouse #2: The English Climate (#13.2)}
  252. "Theatre 625" (1964) {Enter Solly Gold (#3.7)}

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