Miriam Margolyes is a British-Australian voice artist and actress who has enjoyed a successful career across the screen and stage. She skyrocketed to stardom for playing Professor Sprout in the Harry Potter franchise. Margolyes began her career as a voice artist and later metamorphosed into an actress, becoming the only woman in the 1962 Cambridge Footlights troupe to star alongside multi-faceted English entertainers – Graham Chapman and John Cleese.
The actress earned her first major role in the 1977 British film, Stand Up, Virgin Soldiers, wherein she portrayed the character, Elephant Ethel. Ever since then, she has gone ahead to appear in many films and has also worked with elite entertainers such as Barbra Streisand, Leonardo DiCaprio, and ace filmmaker Martin Scorsese.
Currently, Miriam Margolyes is more into travel documentaries while consolidating her already-successful acting career.
Age and Background Details
Miriam Margolyes, a recipient of The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE), was born on the 18th of May 1941, in Oxford, which is in the Oxfordshire area of England. She is the only child of her parents whose names are Joseph Margolyes, a physician from Glasgow, and Ruth Margolyes, a property developer and investor. Miriam was raised in a Jewish family. According to records, her forefathers moved to the United Kingdom from Belarus and Poland. The actress’ great-grandfather was born in a town called Margonin, which is in central-western Poland. His name is Symeon Sandmann. Sometime in 2013, Miriam visited Margonin and she had fun meeting a lot of people in that area.
Miriam Margolyes spent her high school period at Oxford High School. The British-Australian entertainer is a graduate of English from Newnham College, Cambridge, which doubles as the place where her acting career actually started. While in college, she represented Newnham College in the first series of University Challenge and took part in many productions by the Cambridge Footlights comedy troupe.
Due to her daily busy schedules, the Oxford-born actress divides her time between her homes in New South Wales, Kent, Italy, and London. Margolyes previously lived in Amsterdam, from where she was managing her career.
Is Miriam Margolyes Gay?
Yes, the English actress and voice artist is a lesbian. In fact, she once referred to herself as a “dyke” while speaking on live TV on Australia Day 2013, which was also the same period she was conferred Australian citizenship.
The openly gay actress, according to sources, came out as gay in her 20s. Her mother, Ruth, was the first person she opened up to due to their cordial relationship. Not long after she got hit with the shocking revelation, she had a severe stroke that eventually crippled her. Miriam’s parents had longed for their only child to start a family of her own with a Jewish man but their daughter’s sexual orientation left them devastated. Ruth eventually lost the battle to stroke after seven years (she died in 1974) while her dad, Joseph died at the age of 96 in 1995 after being cared for by Miriam for the last 10 years of his life at her south London home.
Who Is Her Partner – Heather Sutherland?
Over 45 years and counting, the Harry Potter actress has been in a civil partnership with Heather Sutherland, an Australian academician cum retired history professor. The couple met in the late 1960s through the family of the renowned Australian historian, Professor Manning Clark.
A graduate of the Australian National University, Sutherland spent four years studying Indonesian and Malay history in the institution. She also spent another two years studying languages such as Minangkabau, basic Arabic, and Javanese. Being a phenomenal academician, Miriam’s partner has been severally featured on BBC shows, where she openly talks about her relationship with women.
The pair spends their moments together in their homes in Australia, Tuscany, and London. Since Miriam Margolyes lost her parents, Heather’s family has been her second family. She is very fond of them and particularly close to Sutherland’s sister and cousin who is a Melbourne estate agent. Though the partners have lived together for over 45 years, the two have not officially sealed their union neither do they have kids. According to the actress, their determination not to have kids is a conscious decision and they are comfortable with it.
Her Net Worth
From her acting career and other fields of endeavors, Miriam Margolyes has garnered an impressive net worth of $6 million. At the moment, the exact amount that the accomplished actress earns as salary is still under review but we believe it befits her celebrity status.