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Miriam Margolyes, OBE is an English-Australian actress and voice artist. She has won an Olivier Award, a BAFTA Award, and an Emmy Award, and has been nominated for two Golden Globe Awards and a Tony Award.

Margolyes was born in Oxford, England, the only child of Ruth (née Walters), a property developer, and Joseph Margolyes, a physician from Glasgow. She grew up in a Jewish family, and her grandparents were from Eastern Europe. She was educated at Headington School, Oxford.

Margolyes’ career began in the 1960s with appearances on British television programmes such as The Avengers and Z-Cars. She emigrated to Australia in 1970, where she appeared in several television series such as Division 4 and Homicide. In 1974, she made her film debut in the Australian drama Sunday Too Far Away.

Margolyes’ breakthrough role came in the 1980s with her performance as Nurse Ratched in the film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975). She later appeared in the films The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994) and Babe (1995).

Margolyes has also had a successful career as a voice artist, with her most notable role being that of Professor Sprout in the Harry Potter film series (2001–2011).

As of 2021, Margolyes’ net worth is estimated to be $5 million. She has been married to actor Kevin McNally since 2011. They have one child together.

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Full NameMiriam Margolyes
Height1.55 m
ProfessionVoice Actor
EducationOxford High School, Oxford, Newnham College, Cambridge, University of Cambridge


ParentsJoseph Margolyes, Ruth Margolyes
PartnerHeather Sutherland, Heather Sutherland


AwardsBAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
NominationsLaurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical
MoviesHarry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Babe, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, The Age of Innocence, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, Mulan, Ladies in Lavender, Cats & Dogs, End of Days, James and the Giant Peach, Romeo + Juliet, Being Julia, Happy Feet, Maya the Bee M...
TV ShowsMiss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, Frannie's Turn, Take a Letter, Mr. Jones, The Glittering Prizes, Kizzy, Jam & Jerusalem, A Kick Up the Eighties, Tinga Tinga Tales, A Little Princess, The Black Adder, Oliver Twist, Monkey, Dawn French's Girls Who Do Comedy, Moonacre, Supply & Demand, Ken Dodd's World...

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1[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.
2I 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.
3Early 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.
4Nowadays 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.
5I 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.
6I'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.
7As 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.
8I'm not the sort of woman men boast of having slept with.


1Lifelong friends with Jane Cussons, Patricia Hodge and Mary Tamm, her co-stars in The Girls of Slender Means (1975).
2Appearing in the Broadway production of "Wicked". [April 2008]
3Canberra, Australia: Becoming a naturalised Australian citizen - "I've wanted to be an Australian for a very long time. My partner is Australian." [January 2013]
4Playing Madame Morrible in the London production of Wicked. [December 2006]
5Sydney, Australia [July 2004]
6Doing The Importance of Being Earnest on Broadway. [2005]
7Rehersing for a tour of Importance of Being Earnest with Lynn Redgrave. The tour stops in LA and at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. [2005]
8She is a huge admirer of the works of Charles Dickens and has toured the world in a one-woman show, Dickens' Women, inspired by the females in his works.
9She has been with her partner, an Australian academic, since 1968.
10Her mother Ruth died in 1974 and her father Joseph died in 1995.
11She took time out of her career to nurse her mother and spent a quarter of a million pounds on full-time care for her father. She supports charities for disabled people and their carers.
12Became an Australian citizen on 26 January 2013. She was part of the Australia Day ceremony attended by Prime Minister Julia Gillard (who was born in Wales).
13Was offered the role of Professor Laird in Doctor Who: Resurrection of the Daleks: Part One (1984). Chole Ashcroft took the role.
14Attended Oxford High School GDST.
15In 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.
16Is of Belarussian-Jewish descent.
17Works and has homes in the US, UK and Australia.
18She 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.




The Wedding Video2012Patricia
Sir Billi2012Chantalle McToff (voice)
In Love with Dickens2012TV MovieMrs. Gamp
Doc Martin2011TV SeriesShirley Dunwich
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 22011Professor Pomona Sprout
The Itch of the Golden Nit2011ShortMummy Socks (voice)
Merlin2010TV SeriesGrunhilda
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole2010Mrs. Plithiver (voice)
Coming of Age2010TV SeriesDoreen
The Sarah Jane Adventures2009TV SeriesLeaf Blathereen
Blind Revenge2009Mrs. Kilbride
How to Lose Friends & Alienate People2008Mrs. Kowalski
Kingdom2008TV SeriesHenny
American Dad!2007TV SeriesMargaret Hilda Thatcher
The Dukes2007Aunt Vee
Clatterford2006TV SeriesMrs. Joyce Midge
Linksmos pedutes2006Mrs. Astrakhan (voice)
Flushed Away2006Rita's Grandma (voice)
Wallis & Edward2005TV MovieAunt Bessie
Inconceivable2005TV SeriesMalva
Agatha Christie's Marple2004TV SeriesMrs. Price-Ridley
Modigliani2004Gertrude Stein
Being Julia2004Dolly de Vries
Ladies in Lavender2004Dorcas
The Life and Death of Peter Sellers2004Peg Sellers
End of the Line2004ShortBag Lady
Chasing Liberty2004Maria
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets2002Professor Pomona Sprout
Undertaking Betty2002Thelma / Selma
Dickens2002TV SeriesCatherine Dickens
Not Afraid, Not Afraid2001
Cats & Dogs2001Sophie the Castle Maid
Magic Grandad2001TV SeriesGrandmama
Rugrats1998-2001TV SeriesShirley Finster
Dharma & Greg2000TV SeriesChloe
Magnolia1999Faye Barringer (uncredited)
End of Days1999Mabel
Dreaming of Joseph Lees1999Signora Caldoni
Sunshine1999Rose Sonnenschein
The First Snow of Winter1998ShortSean (voice)
Babe: Pig in the City1998Fly (voice)
Vanity Fair1998TV Mini-SeriesMiss Crawley
Supply & Demand1998TV Mini-SeriesEdna
Mulan1998The Matchmaker (voice)
Left Luggage1998Mrs. Goldman
The Place of Lions1997TV MovieMiss Cole
The IMAX Nutcracker1997ShortSugar Plum
The Phoenix and the Carpet1997TV Mini-SeriesCook
Romeo + Juliet1996The Nurse
James and the Giant Peach1996Aunt Sponge / Glowworm (voice)
Different for Girls1996Pamela
Balto1995Grandma Rosy / Extra Voices
Babe1995Fly (voice)
Cold Comfort Farm1995TV MovieMrs. Beetle
Just William1994TV SeriesMiss Polliter
Immortal Beloved1994Nanette Streicherová
Moonacre1994TV SeriesOld Elspeth
Ed and His Dead Mother1993Mabel Chilton
The Age of Innocence1993Mrs. Mingott
The Comic Strip Presents...1993TV SeriesMother
The Princess and the Cobbler1993Maiden from Mombassa (original version) (voice)
Stalin1992TV MovieKrupskaya
As You Like It1992Audrey
Frannie's Turn1992TV SeriesFrannie Escobar
The Butcher's Wife1991Gina
Dead Again1991Lady (uncredited)
Tonight at 8.301991TV SeriesNanny / Mrs. Wadhurst
The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship1990TV MovieMother / Mrs Woodcutter (voice)
The Fool1990Mrs. Bowring
Pacific Heights1990Realtor
Orpheus Descending1990TV MovieVee Talbot
I Love You to Death1990Joey's Mother
Screen Two1990TV SeriesNellie
The Play on One1989TV SeriesLaughter
Murderers Among Us: The Simon Wiesenthal Story1989TV MovieMrs. Rajzman
Muzzy Comes Back1989TV SeriesThe Queen / Norman's Wife (voice)
Blackadder's Christmas Carol1988TV ShortQueen Victoria
Mr. Majeika1988TV SeriesWilhelmina Worlock
Body Contact1987Tony's Mother
The Finding1987TV MoviePoll
Little Dorrit1987Flora Finching
Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story1987TV MovieElsa Maxwell
Muzzy in Gondoland1987TV SeriesThe Queen / Mary / Toothache Patient
A Little Princess1987TV Mini-SeriesMiss Amelia
Scotch & Wry1986VideoVarious
Little Shop of Horrors1986Dental Nurse
The Life and Loves of a She-Devil1986TV Mini-SeriesNurse Hopkins
Black-Adder II1986TV SeriesLady Whiteadder
Oliver Twist1985TV Mini-SeriesMrs. Corney / Mrs. Bumble
The Good Father1985Jane Powell
Morons from Outer Space1985Doctor Wallace
Freud1984TV Mini-SeriesBaroness von Lieben
Electric Dreams1984Ticket Girl
Gunfight at the Joe Kaye Corral1983TV MovieCynthia
The Black Adder1983TV SeriesInfanta Maria Escalosa of Spain
Crystal Gazing1982Newsreader
Crown Court1976-1982TV SeriesMrs. King / Marilyn Munro
Reds1981Woman Writing in Notebook (uncredited)
Take a Letter Mr. Jones1981TV SeriesMaria
A Kick Up the Eighties1981TV SeriesVarious Roles
The History Man1981TV Mini-SeriesMelissa Tordoroff
The Lost Tribe1980TV Mini-SeriesQueenie
The Apple1980Landlady
The Awakening1980Dr. Kadira
Tales of the Unexpected1980TV SeriesMary Burge
On a Paving Stone Mounted1978
Monkey1978TV Series voice
The Law Centre1978TV SeriesMrs. Lossos
Play for Today1977TV SeriesVeronica
Chalk and Cheese1977TV SeriesRose Finn
Spasms1977TV MovieRose Finn
Confessions of a Summer Camp Councillor1977Blackbird (voice, uncredited)
Stand Up, Virgin Soldiers1977Elephant Ethel
The Battle of Billy's Pond1976Tour Guide
Christmas Box1976TV MovieMaurie Kaplan's Mother
Angels1976TV SeriesCarol / June Morris
Plays for Britain1976TV SeriesMiriam / Miss Babberton
The Glittering Prizes1976TV Mini-SeriesOlive Wise
Kizzy1976TV SeriesMrs. Doe
Rime of the Ancient Mariner1975Dorothy Wordsworth
The Girls of Slender Means1975TV SeriesJane Wright
Naughty Girls1975Girls' voices (voice, uncredited)
World of Laughter1974TV Series
Fall of Eagles1974TV Mini-SeriesAnna Vyrubova
Childhood1974TV SeriesMademoiselle
Sex Through the Ages1974Narrator (voice, uncredited)
Doctor in Charge1973TV SeriesDoris
Jackanory Playhouse1972TV SeriesThe Witch
A Nice Girl Like Me1969Pensione
ITV Playhouse1969TV SeriesKathie
Thirty-Minute Theatre1969TV SeriesVoice
Jackanory1968TV SeriesStoryteller
Dixon of Dock Green1968TV SeriesAnna
Boy Meets Girl1967TV SeriesMaria
ITV Play of the Week1967TV SeriesHeidi
Theatre 6251965TV SeriesRita
Honeysuckle2014Short completedPatricia
Phantasmagoria: The MovieannouncedHarriet
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries2012-2015TV SeriesAunt Prudence
Trollied2014TV SeriesRose
The Legend of Longwood2014Lady Thyrza
Outlier2014/IShortOdamee Marshall
Maya the Bee Movie2014The Queen (English version, voice)
The Seventeenth Kind2014ShortMrs. Mark
Nina Needs to Go2014TV Mini-SeriesNana Sheila
Hebburn2013TV SeriesMillie
Spirit-ED2012ShortHeadmistress - Ms Ursula Gressup
The Cow That Almost Missed Christmas2012TV MovieMrs. Daniels / Mrs. Rat / Judith (voice)
The Guilt Trip2012Anita


Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries2013TV Series performer - 1 episode
Atop the Fourth Wall2011TV Series performer - 1 episode
James and the Giant Peach1996performer: "That's The Life", "Family"
Freddie as F.R.O.7.1992performer: "Evilmainya"


VE Day: Remembering Victory2015TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Graham Norton Show2007-2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Loose Women2009-2014TV SeriesHerself
Mark Lawson Talks to...2013TV SeriesHerself
Inside Out2012TV Series documentaryHerself
The First Fagin2012DocumentaryNarrator (voice)
Let's Do Lunch with Gino & Mel2012TV SeriesHerself
Q&A2012TV SeriesHerself - Panelist
First Tuesday Book Club2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest Panelist
The Review Show2011TV SeriesHerself - Commentator
The One Show2011TV SeriesHerself - Childhood Home Revisitor
Blue Peter2011TV SeriesHerself
Breakfast2006-2011TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Blackadder Rides Again2008TV Special documentaryHerself
Blackadder's Most Cunning Moments2008TV Movie documentaryHerself
Roald Dahl's Revolting Rule Book2007TV Movie documentaryHerself
Arena2007TV Series documentaryHerself - Narrator
Greatest Ever Romantic Movies2007TV Movie documentaryHerself
A Tribute to John Inman2007TV Short documentaryHerself (as Miriam Margolyes OBE)
The 50 Greatest Television Dramas2007TV Movie documentaryNarrator (voice)
What the Pythons Did Next...2007TV Movie documentaryNarrator (voice)
The Royal Variety Performance 20062006TV MoviePerformer
University Challenge: The Story So Far2006TV Movie documentaryHerself
Greatest Ever Blockbuster Movies2006TV Movie documentaryHerself
Dawn French's Girls Who Do: Comedy2006TV Series documentaryHerself
Top 50 Greatest Celebrity Animals2005TV Movie documentaryHerself
Dickens in America2005TV Series documentaryHerself
This Morning1995-2004TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Art of the Garden2004TV Series documentaryGertrude Jekyll
V Graham Norton2003TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Interviews with Professors & More2003Video documentary shortHerself
Britain's Finest2003TV Series documentaryHerself
From Hollywood to Borehamwood2003TV Series documentaryHerself
40 Years of University Challenge2002TV Movie documentaryHerself
Heroes of Comedy2002TV Series documentaryHerself
Another Audience with Ken Dodd2002TV SpecialHerself - Audience Member
In Search of Peace2001DocumentaryEsther Cailingold (voice)
Omnibus1999TV Series documentaryHerself
Reputations1998TV Series documentaryHerself
The 50th British Academy Film Awards1998TV SpecialHerself - Audience Member
The Long Way Home1997Documentary voice
Living Proof1997TV Series documentaryHerself - Narrator
Richard and Judy Exclusive1997TV SeriesHerself
Liberation1994DocumentaryNarrator (voice)
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1992TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Aspel & Company1992TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Echoes That Remain1991DocumentaryNarrator
The Media Show1988TV SeriesHerself
Wogan1985TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Frida Kahlo & Tina Modotti1984Documentary shortNarrator
The Living Body1984TV Series documentaryHerself - Narrator (1984) (voice)
The South Bank Show1979TV Series documentaryHerself / Vic (Act Two 'Cloud Nine')

Archive Footage

The Graham Norton Show2008-2012TV SeriesHerself
20 to 12010TV Series documentaryFly
Blackadder Exclusive: The Whole Rotten Saga2008TV Movie documentaryInfanta Maria Escalosa of Spain / Queen Victoria (uncredited)
Build a Scene2003Video documentary shortProf. Pomona Sprout (uncredited)
Monkey Business1993Video documentary shortPG Tips Chimp


Won Awards

1994BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Actress in a Supporting RoleThe Age of Innocence (1993)

Nominated Awards

1996ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Cast EnsembleRomeo + Juliet (1996)

2nd Place Awards

1988LAFCA AwardLos Angeles Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActressLittle Dorrit (1987)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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