Miriam Margolyes

Miriam Margolyes

Highest Rated: 97% Babe (1995)

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).

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Highest rated movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
67% No Score Yet Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears Prudence Stanley (Character) $51K 2020
77% No Score Yet H Is for Happiness Miss Bamford (Character) - 2019
81% 49% Early Man Queen Oofeefa (Voice) $8.2M 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Postcards From the 48 Percent Self - 2018
79% 77% The Man Who Invented Christmas Mrs. Fisk (Character) $5.7M 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mirette Meme Gateau (Character) - 2017
14% 54% The Little Vampire Wulftrud (Character) - 2017
No Score Yet 64% The Legend of Longwood Lady Thyrza (Character) - 2014
47% 45% 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
37% 39% The Guilt Trip Anita (Character) $37.1M 2012
67% 36% The Wedding Video Patricia (Character) - 2012
52% 63% Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole Mrs. Plithiver (Voice) $55.7M 2010
13% 21% A Closed Book Mrs. Kilbride (Character) - 2009
36% 42% How to Lose Friends & Alienate People Mrs. Kowalski (Character) $2.8M 2008
57% 34% The Dukes Aunt Vee (Character) $26.2K 2007
76% 70% Happy Feet Mrs. Astrakhan (Voice) $198M 2006
73% 65% Flushed Away Rita's Grandma (Voice) $64.5M 2006
No Score Yet 31% Wallis & Edward Aunt Bessie (Character) - 2005
64% 66% Ladies in Lavender Dorcas (Character) $6.8M 2004
76% 74% Being Julia Dolly de Vries (Character) $7.7M 2004
69% 72% The Life and Death of Peter Sellers Peg Sellers (Character) - 2004
No Score Yet No Score Yet Marple: The Murder at the Vicarage Unknown (Character) - 2004
4% 78% Modigliani Gertrude Stein (Character) $195.4K 2004
No Score Yet 35% Alone Caseworker (Character) - 2002
50% 66% Undertaking Betty Thelma & Selma (Character) - 2002
82% 80% Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Professor Sprout (Character) $262M 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Not Afraid, Not Afraid Unknown (Character) - 2001
54% 32% Cats & Dogs Sophie the Castle Maid (Character) $93.4M 2001
20% No Score Yet House! Beth (Character) - 2000
74% 81% Sunshine Rose Sonnenschein (Character) $6.1M 1999
36% 54% Dreaming of Joseph Lees Signora Caldoni (Character) $7.7K 1999
11% 32% End of Days Mabel (Character) $66.9M 1999
42% 88% Left Luggage Mrs. Goldman (Character) $1.3M 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Phoenix and the Carpet Cook (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet The IMAX Nutcracker Sugar Plum (Character) $1.3M 1997
91% 66% James and the Giant Peach The Glowworm/Aunt Sponge (Voice) $28.9M 1996
48% 75% Different for Girls Pamela (Character) $307.1K 1996
72% 77% William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet The Nurse (Character) $46.4M 1996
97% 67% Babe Fly the Female Sheepdog (Voice) $63.6M 1995
54% 70% Balto Grandma Rosy/Extra Voices (Voice) $11.2M 1995
83% 82% Cold Comfort Farm Mrs. Beetle (Character) $5.6M 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Liberation Narrator - 1994
56% 86% Immortal Beloved Nanette Streicher (Character) $8.7M 1994
50% 52% Ed and His Dead Mother Mabel Chilton (Character) - 1993
84% 75% The Age of Innocence Mrs. Mingott (Character) $31.9M 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet As You Like It Audrey (Character) - 1992
25% 30% The Butcher's Wife Gina (Character) $8.9M 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Echoes That Remain Narrator - 1991
56% 63% I Love You to Death Joey's Mother (Character) $14.9M 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Orpheus Descending Unknown (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Old Flames Nellie (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet 75% 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
No Score Yet 77% The Good Father Jane Powell (Character) - 1985
65% 75% Yentl Sarah (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Scrubbers Jones (Character) - 1982
0% 22% The Awakening Dr. Kadira (Character) - 1980

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Miriam Margolyes: Almost Australian Host 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show Unknown (Guest Star),
Guest
2020 2018 2016 2014 2012 2007
89% 91% Call the Midwife Mother Mildred (Character) 2019-2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Last Leg Guest 2018-2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet 101 Dalmatian Street: Shorts Bessie (Voice) 2018-2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Trollied Rose (Character) 2018 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Flipping Profit Production Manager,
Narrator
2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tate Britain's Great Art Walks Guest 2017-2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Miriam's Big American Adventure Host 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Nina Needs to Go Nana Sheila (Character) 2017 2014-2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bucket Mim (Character) 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bottersnikes and Gumbles Unknown (Voice) 2015-2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Real Marigold Hotel Unknown (Character) 2016
No Score Yet 88% Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries Prudence (Character) 2015 2012-2013
82% 100% Doc Martin Shirley Dunwich (Guest Star) 2011
85% 87% The Adventures of Merlin Unknown (Guest Star) 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Coming of Age Unknown (Guest Star) 2010
88% 94% Kingdom Unknown (Guest Star) 2008
No Score Yet 91% 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 95% Rugrats Shirley Finster (Guest Voice) 2001 1998
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
No Score Yet No Score Yet Frannie's Turn Frannie Escobar (Character) 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Johnny Carson Guest 1989
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 Unknown (Character) 1980

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