“I am rather an opinionated person I suppose,”
Nothing I could write could do justice to Margolyes the way this transcript from the interview she did on Enough Rope does, although the simple transcript doesn’t give you the sense of immense warmth and engaging facial and hand expressions that coloured the interview. In particular, in nearly every situation where the simple sense of the transcript might indicate self-pity about being fat and unglamorous, what she actually showed is razor-sharp satirising of others attitudes towards her. She starts out as the eminently quotable outrageous funny fat woman and under Andrew Denton’s skilful shaping of the interview we end with the poignancy of her caring for her elderly parents in their declining years, and much much more.
On the Monty Python crew, whom she performed with in the Cambridge Footlights society:
ANDREW DENTON: Well, they were, they’re known to us as as comic geniuses. How did you see them?
MIRIAM MARGOLYES: Shitty. I didn’t like them. They were anti-Semites and they didn’t like women and they didn’t like me, because I was a, at that time probably a pushy little broad. And they weren’t interested in people like me.
She doesn’t hide, she unapologetically takes up space. And she doesn’t do dainty.
ANDREW DENTON: Yes. I want to throw another quote at you now “” “I enjoy picking my nose in the car, and noticing that other people do it too.”
MIRIAM MARGOLYES: Don’t you do that?
ANDREW DENTON: I may have. Not regularly though, no.
MIRIAM MARGOLYES: I think there are some rather horrid habits, that I do have. One of them is farting, which I, eh allowed your producer to share in today. Um.
ANDREW DENTON: So few guests bring something that we can keep. Thank you.
MIRIAM MARGOLYES: And picking my nose is something I know I do a lot and and enjoy, you know.
ANDREW DENTON: What is it about nose picking that’s so enjoyable?
MIRIAM MARGOLYES: Discovery.
There’s some video excerpts of that interview on the transcript page as well. I recommend them.
Most people know her for a fairly minor role in the Harry Potter movies, as Professor Sprout.I never knew that she did so many of the voices on the English voiceover of Monkey! Totally must-see after-school TV for me, that was. I think I must go and see her Dickens’ Women one-woman show: it just sounds utterly fascinating.
The one performance that didn’t get a mention with Denton, that I particularly love, was her turn as Lady Whiteadder in Blackadder Series 2, “Beer” episode.
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