Interview: Miriam Margolyes, star of Dickens' Women

This article is from 2012

Miriam Margolyes, star of Dickens' Women - interview

Photo: Tony Mangiocchi

The veteran actor of stage and screen discusses Dame Eileen Atkins, salmon and Graham Norton

First record you ever bought
Flatt & Scruggs.

Last extravagant purchase you made
Two pairs of New Balance trainers: $160 each.

First film you saw that really moved you

Last lie you told
That I was tired when asked to supper -- I just wanted to stay at home really.

First movie you ever went on a date to
Charge of the Light Brigade.

Last time you cried
Seeing dead soldiers coffins coming back to England.

First thing you do when you’ve got time off work
Go to my computer and do genealogy.

Last great meal you cooked
Ten years ago for cousins coming to supper – roast lamb with all trimmings.

First crush
Miss Chase, Prep Dep teacher.

Last book you read
Great Expectations.

First great piece of advice you were given
How to wipe my bottom front and back.

Last time you were star struck
Meeting Dame Eileen Atkins.

First thing you’d do if you ran the country
Secure the NHS.

Last meal on earth -- what would it be
Smoked salmon for starters; grilled salmon, fresh peas, boiled potatoes, braised celery, braised carrots, green salad with garlic & olive oil dressing for the main; tarte tatin & Bendicks Mints for dessert.

First song you’ll sing at karaoke
I’m Henry the 8th I am.’

Last time you exploited your position to get something
Table in a restaurant in Melbourne.

First time you realised you were famous
Someone on a plane said ‘I’ve got a cunning plan’ and expected me to know what she was talking about.

Last time someone criticised your work
The Oxford Times last week

First three words your friends would use to describe you
Generous, funny, intelligent.

Last time you made an impulse buy and regretted it
I have never regretted it.

First concert you ever attended
Peggy Stack singing at my Oxford High School.

Last time you bought someone flowers
My host at a supper party last week.

First object you’d save from your burning home
My address book.

Last funny thing you saw online
Graham Norton.

First job
Artists’ model at school.

Last person you fantasized about
Can’t remember.

First word you spoke
How can anyone remember that, sure it was Mummy.

Last crime you committed
Shoplifted two eggs in 1965 from a shop in Plaistow.

First song at your (potential) wedding
If You Were the Only Girl in the World.’

Last song at your funeral
Du Pre playing Elgar’s cello concerto.

First person you’d thank in an award acceptance speech
My parents.

Last thing you recommended to someone
The Hare with the Amber Eyes.

First thing you think of when you wake up in the morning
Do I swim or not?

Last thing you think of before you go to sleep
What have I forgotten?

Miriam Margolyes appears in Dickens’ Women, Pleasance Courtyard, 0131 226 0000, 8 Aug—25 Aug (not 14, 21), 2.30pm, £16.50--£17.50 (£14--£15.50).

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Miriam Margolyes – Dickens' Women

  • 3 stars

The magnificent Miriam Margolyes plays 23 women rumoured to have been linked to Dickens in order to discover more about the mysterious man himself.

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