Miriam Margolyes

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  • Birth Place: Oxford, Oxfordshire, England
  • Profession: Actor
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  • Studied acting at Oxford High with drama teacher Dorothy Bartholomew, who had previously taught another future star, Maggie Smith.
  • Posed nude at age 17 for the famous Welsh painter Augustus John.
  • Belonged to the 1962 Cambridge Footlights comedy group, working alongside John Cleese, Graham Chapman and Bill Oddie.
  • Began her professional career as a voice actor for BBC radio in 1965.
  • Has appeared in many stage plays, including the 2006 London production of the musical Wicked in 2006; and Dickens' Women, a one-woman show.
  • Honored in 2002 with the Order of the British Empire for her services to the dramatic arts. 
  • Holds dual British-Australian citizenship.
  • Supports many charities, including ActionAid, Jewish Care, Sense, Sightsavers and the National Stroke Foundation of Australia.


  • 1994, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Winner


  • Ruth Margolyes — Mother
  • Joseph Margolyes — Father
  • Heather — Significant Other


  • Attended University of Cambridge, Newnham College, Cambridge, England


  • Birth Place: Oxford, Oxfordshire, England
  • Profession: Actor

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