20 Questions with ... Miriam MargolyesDate: 28 June 2012
Veteran British actor Miriam Margolyes is known from television, film and stage as diverse as Professor Sprout in the Harry Potter films, Madame Morrible in the original West End cast of Wicked and Nell in Complicite’s 2009 production of Endgame (she won Whatsonstage.com Awards for both of these productions).
In 1989 she premiered her one-woman show, Dickens' Women, at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, before playing it in cities around the world. The show is currently touring nationally as the flagship production of Dickens 2012, the international celebration of the bicentenery of the writer's birth. It is the first time the production has toured the UK.
Co-devised and directed by Sonia Fraser, the Olivier Award-nominated piece explores some of the most colourful female characters in Dickens' novels, including many based upon real women from the writer's life. It tours the UK until 13 October.
Date & place of birth?
Lives now in?
What made you want to become an actress?
What else might you have done professionally?
First big break?
Career highlight so far?
“What was the first thing you saw on stage that had a big impact on you?
Aladdin at New Theatre Oxford in 1948
And the last?
And the worst?
Would you ever return to Wicked?
What's your favourite book?
Favourite holiday destination?
Why did you want to get involved with this production?
Summarise Dickens' Women in five words
Who is your favourite Dickens woman?
Which town are you most looking forward to visiting on tour?
What have you got lined up next?