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Miriam Margolyes is a Actor British born on 18 may 1941 at Oxford (United-kingdom)

Miriam Margolyes

Miriam Margolyes
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Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 18 may 1941 (77 years) at Oxford (United-kingdom)
Awards Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire

Miriam Margolyes OBE (/ˈmɑrɡəliːz/; born 18 May 1941) is an English-Australian character actress and voice artist. Her earliest roles were in theatre and after several supporting roles in film and television she won a BAFTA Award for her role in The Age of Innocence (1993) and went on to play the role of Professor Sprout in the Harry Potter film series. For many years, she has divided her time between Britain and Australia, and she has starred in a number of critically acclaimed shows, including I'll Eat You Last.

Biography

Margolyes is a lesbian and has been with her partner Heather for more than 40 years. She mentioned her relationships with women on several occasions when she appeared on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs in September 2008. On becoming an Australian citizen, on Australia Day 2013, Margolyes referred to herself as a "dyke" live on national television and in front of the then prime minister, Julia Gillard.

She is a campaigner for a respite care charity, Crossroads.

She appeared on the British television quiz University Challenge in 1963, whilst at Cambridge University. As part of a BBC documentary, University Challenge: The Story so Far, she claimed that during her appearance she swore after getting a question wrong, although the actual word was bleeped out of the recording.

Margolyes is a lifelong admirer of the works of Charles Dickens and has performed all over the world a one-woman show, Dickens' Women, in which she plays 23 characters from Dickens' novels.

Margolyes is a Palestinian human rights activist, having been a member of the British-based ENOUGH! coalition that seeks to end the "Israeli occupation of the Gaza Strip and West Bank." She is also a signatory of Jews for Justice for Palestinians.

Margolyes divides her time between homes in London, Tuscany and Robertson, New South Wales.

Author and comedian David Walliams says he used Margoyles as a model for the title character in his children's book Awful Auntie after a rude exchange with the actress during a stage production. He stresses however that he has nothing against Margoyles and is a fan of her work.

Best films

Cats & Dogs (2001)
(Actress)
Maya the Bee (2014)
(Actress)

Usually with

George Miller
George Miller
(3 films)
Judy Morris
Judy Morris
(2 films)
Danny Mann
Danny Mann
(5 films)
David Bradley
David Bradley
(5 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Miriam Margolyes (69 films)

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Actress

Early Man
Early Man (2018)

Directed by Nick Park
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy, Adventure, Animation
Themes La préhistoire, Sports films, Association football films
Actors Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams, Timothy Spall, Richard Ellef Ayoade, Selina Griffiths
Roles Queen Oofeefa (voice)
Rating60% 3.048113.048113.048113.048113.04811
Durant la Préhistoire, quand les dinosaures et les mammouths parcouraient encore la terre, un homme des cavernes courageux, Doug, et son meilleur ami Hognob s’unissent pour sauver leur tribu d’un puissant ennemi.
Maya the Bee, 1h25
Origin German
Genres Animation
Themes Films about animals, Films about insects, Children's films
Actors Kodi Smit-McPhee, Richard Roxburgh, Noah Taylor, Jacki Weaver, Miriam Margolyes, Justine Clarke
Roles The Queen (voice)
Rating59% 2.9546052.9546052.9546052.9546052.954605
Maya, une jeune abeille tout juste sortie de son rayon de cire, explore la ruche qu'elle découvre mais en provoquant quelques dégâts. Elle finit par sortir de la ruche et rencontre Flip la sauterelle à qui elle explique que personne ne l'aime à la ruche. Mais Flip, pensant que la place d'une abeille est dans la ruche, la ramène chez elle. Pendant ce temps, la conseillère royale Buzzlina complote pour usurper le trône de la reine en lui volant la gelée royale et en accusant les Frelons tout juste installés dans la prairie. Maya et tous ses nouveaux amis composés de Flip, Willi (son premier ami abeille), Piquant le Frelon et d'autres vont alors tenter de sauver la situation.
Sir Billi
Sir Billi (2013)

Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy, Adventure, Animation
Actors Sean Connery, Alan Cumming, Patrick Doyle, Greg Hemphill, Ruby Wax, Ford Kiernan
Roles Baroness Chantal McToff (voice)

An old, skateboarding veterinarian Sir Billi goes above and beyond the call of responsibility fighting villainous policemen and strong lairds in a war to save an illegal fugitive—Bessie Boo the beaver.
The Guilt Trip, 1h35
Directed by Anne Fletcher
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes Transport films, Road movies
Actors Barbra Streisand, Seth Rogen, Yvonne Strahovski, Colin Hanks, Robert Curtis Brown, Adam Scott
Roles Anita
Rating57% 2.897872.897872.897872.897872.89787
Andy Brewster (Seth Rogen) is a UCLA-graduate organic chemist and inventor. He is attempting to get his environmentally friendly cleaning product, ScioClean, in a major retail store. However, each retail store he visits dismisses him before he can end his pitch. After a disappointing sales pitch to K-Mart, he visits his mother, Joyce Brewster (Barbra Streisand), in New Jersey before leaving on a cross-country trip to Las Vegas, lying to her that his pitch ended well so she won't worry about him. While there she reveals to him that he was named after a boy she fell in love with in Florida named Andrew Margolis, whom she hoped would object to her marriage with Andy's father. However, he never did and she felt that she never mattered to him afterwards. After a little research, he finds Andrew Margolis is still alive and unmarried living in San Francisco. He invites his unknowing mother on the trip, claiming he wants to spend some time with her.
The Wedding Video, 1h34
Directed by Nigel Cole
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy
Actors Miriam Margolyes, Lucy Punch, Robert Webb, Michelle Gomez, Matt Berry, Cara Horgan
Roles Patricia
Rating54% 2.7031952.7031952.7031952.7031952.703195
Raif Moyle (Hound) has been chosen to be the best man to his brother Tim (Webb) and Saskia (Punch) at their wedding. Raif decides to give Tim and Saskia an unforgettable present in the form of a wedding video. He discovers that Tim has left his bohemian life behind and is marrying into a family aspirant of a higher-class lifestyle—especially Saskia's hideous Hyacinth Bucket-esque grandmother (Miriam Margolyes).
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, 2h10
Directed by David Yates
Genres Fantasy, Adventure
Themes Films about education, Films about children, Ghost films, Children's films
Actors Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Alan Rickman
Roles Pomona Sprout
Rating80% 4.0499754.0499754.0499754.0499754.049975
Lord Voldemort retrieves the Elder Wand from Albus Dumbledore's grave. After burying Dobby, Harry Potter asks the help of goblin Griphook, Ron, and Hermione to break into Bellatrix Lestrange's vault at Gringotts bank, suspecting a Horcrux may be there. Griphook agrees, in exchange for the Sword of Gryffindor. Wandmaker Ollivander tells Harry that two wands taken from Malfoy Manor belonged to Bellatrix and to Draco Malfoy, but Malfoy's has changed its allegiance to Harry.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1, 2h26
Directed by David Yates
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Fantastic, Fantasy, Adventure
Themes Films about education, Films about children, Films about magic and magicians, Transport films, Harry Potter, Films about dragons, Ghost films, Road movies, Children's films
Actors Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter, Tom Felton
Roles Pomona Chourave
Rating76% 3.8499653.8499653.8499653.8499653.849965
The Minister of Magic, Rufus Scrimgeour, addresses the wizarding media, stating that the Ministry would remain strong even as Lord Voldemort gains strength. Harry, Ron and Hermione prepare for a journey to find and destroy Voldemort's Horcruxes, with Harry watching Dursleys depart and Hermione wiping her parent's memories of her.
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, 1h32
Directed by Zack Snyder
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Films about magic and magicians, Seafaring films, Transport films, Films about birds, Children's films
Actors Jim Sturgess, Geoffrey Rush, Emily Barclay, Anthony LaPaglia, Emilie de Ravin, Joel Edgerton
Roles Mrs. Plithiver (voice)
Rating69% 3.4968653.4968653.4968653.4968653.496865
Soren, a young Barn owl, lives in the Tyto Forest with his family: his father, Noctus; his mother, Marella; his older brother, Kludd; his younger sister, Eglantine; and Mrs. P, the family's nest maid, a kindly blind snake. Soren enjoys listening to the 'Legends of Ga'Hoole,' which are mythical tales of warrior owls called the Guardians who fight against the Pure Ones. Kludd berates his brother's dreams, having grown tired of listening to the stories. When their father teaches them the first steps to flying, Kludd becomes jealous of Soren's natural branching ability. Later, when practicing branching while their parents are hunting, Kludd pushes Soren off a branch which forces them both to fall to the ground. They are attacked by a Tasmanian devil but are saved, and then kidnapped, by two owls, Jatt and Jutt.
A Closed Book, 1h28
Directed by Raoul Ruiz
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Action
Actors Daryl Hannah, Tom Conti, Miriam Margolyes, Simon MacCorkindale, Elaine Paige
Roles Mrs. Kilbride
Rating55% 2.763692.763692.763692.763692.76369
The film starts with a famous author, Sir Paul (Tom Conti) who is looking for an amanuensis or "ghost writer." He interviews several unsuccessful candidates until Jane Ryder (Daryl Hannah) applies for the position. Because she is intelligent and forthright, Sir Paul hires her, and he explains to her about the house and introduces Mrs. Kilbride (Miriam Margoyles), the cook and housekeeper.
How to Lose Friends & Alienate People, 1h50
Directed by Robert B. Weide
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romance
Actors Simon Pegg, Kirsten Dunst, Janette Scott, Megan Fox, Danny Huston, Gillian Anderson
Roles Mrs. Kowalski
Rating63% 3.1991353.1991353.1991353.1991353.199135
Sidney Young (Simon Pegg) is a smalltime, aspiring English journalist who works for a left-wing radical magazine. Following an incident at a party where Sidney accidentally lets a pig loose, he is hired to work for an upscale magazine in New York City. He is hired by Clayton Harding (Jeff Bridges), editor of Sharps magazine, a man Sidney had previously lampooned in his own magazine.
Flushed Away, 1h25
Directed by Sam Fell, David Bowers
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Adventure, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Film d'animation mettant en scène un animal, Buddy films, Children's films
Actors Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet, Ian McKellen, Jean Reno, Andy Serkis, Bill Nighy
Roles Rita's Grandma (voice)
Rating65% 3.2955453.2955453.2955453.2955453.295545
Roddy St. James (Hugh Jackman) is a decidedly upper crust pet rat who makes his home in a posh Kensington flat. While his owners are away on holiday Roddy plays around the house. A common sewer rat named Sid (Shane Richie) comes spewing out of the sink and decides to stay, especially as England are playing against Germany in the World Cup final. Roddy schemes to get rid of Sid by luring him into the "jacuzzi", which is actually the toilet. Sid isn't fooled at all and instead pushes Roddy in and flushes him away into the sewer. There, Roddy discovers a city resembling London made out of various bits of junk, and meets Rita Malone (Kate Winslet), an enterprising scavenger rat who works the drains in her faithful boat, the Jammy Dodger. Rita does not like Roddy initially, but ends up taking him along, while her arch enemy The Toad (Ian McKellen) sends his rat henchmen, Spike (Andy Serkis) and Whitey (Bill Nighy), after her because she had stolen back her father's prized ruby a long time ago. The Toad despises all rodents to the point of hateful obsession. He plans to have them frozen with liquid nitrogen inside an icemaker. The pair escape, and Rita takes a unique electrical cable that, unknown to everyone but the Toad, is required to control the floodgates.
Happy Feet
Happy Feet (2006)
, 1h48
Directed by George Miller, Judy Morris
Origin Australie
Genres Comedy, Musical theatre, Adventure, Musical, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Environmental films, Seafaring films, Transport films, Cétacé, Film d'animation mettant en scène un animal, Films about birds, Films about penguins, Buddy films, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un cétacé
Actors Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Brittany Murphy, Johnny A. Sanchez, Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman
Roles Mrs. Astrakhan (voice)
Rating64% 3.245913.245913.245913.245913.24591
Every emperor penguin sings a unique song called a "heartsong" to attract a mate. If the male penguin's heartsong matches the female's song, the two penguins mate. Norma Jean, a female penguin, falls for Memphis, a male penguin and they become mates. They lay an egg, which is left in Memphis' care, while Norma Jean leaves with the other females to fish. While the males struggle through the harsh winter, Memphis briefly drops the egg. The resulting chick, Mumble, is unable to sing but can tap dance. Nevertheless, he is enamored with Gloria, a female penguin who is regarded as the most talented of her age. One day, Mumble encounters a group of hostile skua, with a leader who is tagged with a yellow band, which he says is from an alien abduction. Mumble narrowly escapes the hungry birds by falling into a crevice.
Being Julia, 1h44
Directed by István Szabó
Origin Canada
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romance
Themes Films about television
Actors Annette Bening, Jeremy Irons, Michael Gambon, Shaun Evans, Michael Culkin, Lucy Punch
Roles Dolly de Vries
Rating69% 3.4988453.4988453.4988453.4988453.498845
Set in London in 1938, the film focuses on highly successful and extremely popular theatre actress Julia Lambert (Annette Bening), whose gradual disillusionment with her career as she approaches middle age has prompted her to ask her husband, stage director Michael Gosselyn (Jeremy Irons), and his financial backer Dolly de Vries (Miriam Margolyes) to close her current production to allow her time to travel abroad. They convince her to remain with the play throughout the summer; and Michael introduces her to Tom Fennel (Shaun Evans), an enterprising American, who confesses his deep appreciation of her work. Seeking the passion missing from her marriage, and anxious to fill the void left when her close friend Lord Charles (Bruce Greenwood) suggested they part ways to avoid scandalous gossip, Julia embarks on a passionate affair with the young man and begins to support him so he may enjoy the glamorous lifestyle to which she has introduced him. Their relationship revives her, sparking a distinct change in her personality. Always hovering in the background and offering counsel is the spirit of her mentor, Jimmie Langton (Michael Gambon), the theatrical manager who gave Julia her start and made her a star, while flesh-and-blood Evie (Juliet Stevenson) serves as her personal maid, dresser, and confidante.