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      Miriam Margolyes

      Miriam Margolyes

      Highest Rated: 100% David Baddiel: Jews Don't Count (2022)

      Lowest Rated: 0% The Awakening (1980)

      Birthday: May 18, 1941

      Birthplace: Oxford, England, UK

      A British character actress, Margolyes has performed primarily on the stage and radio, generally in eccentric comedy roles. After studies at Cambridge, she began acting in radio with the BBC. Over the next decade Margolyes' ripe delivery could be heard everywhere in radio spots and TV commercial voiceovers, including a stint as a seductive rabbit plugging Cadbury's Carmel Bunny candy and as a charwoman chimp for a tea ad. Margolyes did not act regularly in film until the mid-1970s, and for a time most of her roles were in little-seen British films including "The Battle of Billy's Pond" (1976), "On a Paving Stone Mounted" (1978) and the experimental "Crystal Gazing" (1982), or small parts in the US-made "Yentl" (1983) and "Little Shop of Horrors" (1986). She gained critical and public attention with her performance as flirtatious spinster Flora Finching in the two-part film adaptation of Charles Dickens' "Little Dorrit" (1988). She followed with an amusing turn as Kevin Kline's outraged mother in the black comedy "I Love You to Death" (1990), a highly successful one-woman touring show, "Woomen, Lovely Woomen" (1991), spotlighting Dickensian females, and a sitcom, "Frannie's Turn" (1992). Margolyes received her greatest popular acclaim as the elderly, sharp-tongued Mrs. Mingott, the primary source of comic relief in "The Age of Innocence" (1993). The widely expected Oscar nomination for Margolyes' work as Mrs. Mingott surprisingly did not appear, but the actress continued in prominent roles in ambitious films like "Immortal Beloved" (1994). Voiceover work kept her busy as well, her most popular effort in this vein being Fly, the maternal but pragmatic dog who learns about not compromising one's dreams from a pig named "Babe" (1995). She returned for the sequel, "Babe: Pig in the City" (1998) and also lent her voice to the Matchmaker of "Mulan" (1998). Margolyes continued to work frequently, appearing in mainstream films such as "Magnolia" (1999) and "End of Days" (1999), but it was in 2002 that she nabbed the role that would make her a star, at least among juvenile moviegoers: Professor Sprout, the delightful proponent of mandrake in "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets." The actress continued to work in a variety of projects, most notably playing one of the circle surrounding the aging theater diva (Annette Bening) in "Being Julia" (2004) and actor Peter Sellers' frighteningly ambitious mother in the HBO biopic "The Life and Death of Peter Sellers" (2004).

      Highest rated movies

      88% The Age of Innocence
      83% Cold Comfort Farm
      82% Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
      80% The Good Father
      79% H Is for Happiness
      79% The Man Who Invented Christmas
      77% Being Julia
      74% Sunshine

      Photos

      DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS, from left: Mirian Margolyes, Steven Mackintosh, 1996, © First Look Pictures I LOVE YOU TO DEATH, from left: Miriam Margolyes, Kevin Kline, 1990. ©TriStar Pictures HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS, Maggie Smith, Miriam Margolyes, Richard Harris, 2002, (c) Warner Brothers THE AGE OF INNOCENCE, Daniel Day-Lewis, Winona Ryder, Miriam Margolyes, June Squibb, 1993. (c) Columbia Pictures HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS, Miriam Margolyes pulls up a Mandrake, 2002, (c) Warner Brothers HOW TO LOSE FRIENDS & ALIENATE PEOPLE, from left: Bill Paterson, Miriam Margolyes, 2008, © MGM I LOVE YOU TO DEATH, Keanu Reeves, William Hurt, River Phoenix, Miriam Margolyes, Tracey Ullman, Kevin Kline. 1990 HOW TO LOSE FRIENDS & ALIENATE PEOPLE, Miriam Margolyes (right), 2008, © MGM HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS, Miriam Margolyes, Chris Columbus, 2002, (c) Warner Brothers THE AGE OF INNOCENCE, Daniel Day-Lewis, Winona Ryder, Miriam Margolyes, 1993, (c)Columbia Pictures I LOVE YOU TO DEATH, Tracey Ullman, William Hurt, Miriam Margolyes, Keanu Reeves, 1990 LADIES IN LAVENDER, Miriam Margolyes, Judi Dench, 2004 LADIES IN LAVENDER, Miriam Margolyes, 2004 THE IMAX NUTCRACKER, Lotte Johnson, Miriam Margolyes, Benjamin Hall, 1997. ©IMAX Pictures LADIES IN LAVENDER, Miriam Margolyes, Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, 2004 The Graham Norton Show, Miriam Margolyes (L), Greg Davies (R), 06/02/2007, ©BBCAMERICA The Graham Norton Show, Miriam Margolyes, 06/02/2007, ©BBCAMERICA The Graham Norton Show, Miriam Margolyes (L), Greg Davies (R), 06/02/2007, ©BBCAMERICA

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      38% 43% My Happy Ending Judy (Character) $52.9K 2023
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mog's Christmas Aunt (Voice) - 2023
      100% 100% David Baddiel: Jews Don't Count Self - 2022
      67% No Score Yet Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears Prudence Stanley (Character) $51.0K 2020
      79% 75% H Is for Happiness Miss Bamford (Character) - 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Postcards From the 48 Percent Self - 2018
      81% 49% Early Man Queen Oofeefa (Voice) $8.2M 2018
      14% 57% The Little Vampire Wulftrud (Character) - 2017
      79% 78% The Man Who Invented Christmas Mrs. Fisk (Character) $5.7M 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mirette Meme Gateau (Character) - 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mother Maria Aponte (Character) - 2015
      No Score Yet 64% The Legend of Longwood Lady Thyrza (Character) - 2014
      47% 48% Maya the Bee Movie The Queen (Voice) - 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Outlier Odamee Marshall (Character) - 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Guardian of the Highlands Baroness Chantal McToff (Voice) - 2012
      67% 36% The Wedding Video Patricia (Character) - 2012
      37% 39% The Guilt Trip Anita (Character) $37.1M 2012
      52% 64% Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole Mrs. Plithiver (Voice) $55.7M 2010
      13% 23% A Closed Book Mrs. Kilbride (Character) - 2009
      37% 42% How to Lose Friends & Alienate People Mrs. Kowalski (Character) $2.8M 2008
      57% 33% The Dukes Aunt Vee (Character) $26.2K 2007
      76% 70% Happy Feet Mrs. Astrakhan (Voice) $198.0M 2006
      73% 65% Flushed Away Rita's Grandma (Voice) $64.5M 2006
      No Score Yet 31% Wallis & Edward Aunt Bessie (Character) - 2005
      4% 78% Modigliani Gertrude Stein (Character) $195.4K 2004
      69% 72% The Life and Death of Peter Sellers Peg Sellers (Character) - 2004
      64% 66% Ladies in Lavender Dorcas (Character) $6.8M 2004
      77% 74% Being Julia Dolly de Vries (Character) $7.7M 2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Marple: The Murder at the Vicarage Unknown (Character) - 2004
      50% 67% Undertaking Betty Thelma & Selma (Character) - 2002
      82% 80% Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Professor Sprout (Character) $262.0M 2002
      No Score Yet 35% Alone Caseworker (Character) - 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Not Afraid, Not Afraid Unknown (Character) - 2001
      52% 32% Cats & Dogs Sophie the Castle Maid (Character) $93.4M 2001
      20% No Score Yet House! Beth (Character) - 2000
      36% 55% Dreaming of Joseph Lees Signora Caldoni (Character) $7.7K 1999
      74% 80% Sunshine Rose Sonnenschein (Character) $6.1M 1999
      11% 32% End of Days Mabel (Character) $66.9M 1999
      46% 88% Left Luggage Mrs. Goldman (Character) $1.3M 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The IMAX Nutcracker Sugar Plum (Character) $1.3M 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Phoenix and the Carpet Cook (Character) - 1997
      48% 75% Different for Girls Pamela (Character) $307.1K 1996
      91% 66% James and the Giant Peach The Glowworm/Aunt Sponge (Voice) $28.9M 1996
      74% 77% William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet The Nurse (Character) $46.4M 1996
      56% 70% Balto Grandma Rosy/Extra Voices (Voice) $11.2M 1995
      97% 67% Babe Fly the Female Sheepdog (Voice) $63.6M 1995
      83% 81% Cold Comfort Farm Mrs. Beetle (Character) $5.6M 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Liberation Narrator - 1994
      57% 86% Immortal Beloved Nanette Streicher (Character) $8.7M 1994
      50% 51% Ed and His Dead Mother Mabel Chilton (Character) - 1993
      88% 75% The Age of Innocence Mrs. Mingott (Character) $31.9M 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet As You Like It Audrey (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Echoes That Remain Narrator - 1991
      24% 30% The Butcher's Wife Gina (Character) $8.9M 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Orpheus Descending Unknown (Character) - 1990
      58% 62% I Love You to Death Joey's Mother (Character) $14.9M 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Old Flames Nellie (Character) - 1989
      No Score Yet 80% Little Dorrit Part Two: Little Dorrit's Story Flora Finching (Character) $644.6K 1988
      No Score Yet 100% A Little Princess Miss Amelia (Character) - 1986
      80% 77% The Good Father Jane Powell (Character) - 1985
      69% 75% Yentl Sarah (Character) - 1983
      No Score Yet 43% Scrubbers Jones (Character) - 1982
      0% 23% The Awakening Dr. Kadira (Character) - 1980
      No Score Yet No Score Yet On a Paving Stone Mounted Unknown (Character) - 1978

      TV

      Credit
      97% 32% Doctor Who The Meep (Voice) 2023
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show Unknown (Guest Star),
      Guest
      2007 2012 2014 2016 2018-2021 2023
      60% No Score Yet Miriam and Alan: Lost in Scotland and Beyond Host 2021-2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Story of Queen Victoria Narrator 2022
      No Score Yet 94% Call the Midwife Mother Mildred (Character) 2018-2021
      No Score Yet 61% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Miriam Margolyes: Almost Australian Host 2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 101 Dalmatian Street: Shorts Bessie (Voice) 2018-2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Miriam's Deathly Adventure Host 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Flipping Profit Production Manager,
      Narrator
      2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Miriam's Big American Adventure Host 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bucket Mim (Character) 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Real Marigold Hotel Self 2016
      No Score Yet 93% Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries Prudence (Character) 2012-2013 2015
      82% 96% Doc Martin Shirley Dunwich (Guest Star) 2011
      85% 88% The Adventures of Merlin Unknown (Guest Star) 2010
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Coming of Age Unknown (Guest Star) 2010
      82% 94% Kingdom Unknown (Guest Star) 2008
      No Score Yet 90% American Dad! Margaret Hilda Thatcher (Guest Voice) 2007
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Clatterford Mrs. Joyce Midge (Character) 2006
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Heroes of Comedy Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
      No Score Yet 93% Rugrats Shirley Finster (Guest Voice) 1998 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dharma & Greg Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Vanity Fair Miss Crawley (Character) 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Cape Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Comic Strip Presents Unknown (Character) 1993
      40% No Score Yet Frannie's Turn Frannie Escobar (Character) 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Little Princess Miss Amelia (Character) 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Oliver Twist Mrs Bumble (Character) 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Take a Letter Mr. Jones ... Maria (Character) 1981
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tales of the Unexpected Mary Burge (Character) 1980