Miriam Margolyes talks new role on “Trollied”, self-confidence in “Telegraph” interview

Miriam Margolyes, who portrayed Professor Pomona Sprout in both Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, was recently interviewed by the Telegraph about her latest television role in the Sky 1 situational comedy Trollied. In the interview, Margolyes also discussed her self-confidence and how she feels she has come into her own.

She shares,

I really have fallen in love with myself. It’s shameful to admit, but it’s been a bit of a lifelong affair, and I do now feel I’m as good as it gets. I’m honourable, kind, friendly, warm, intelligent, generous and I’ve got a good sense of humour.

On the subject of her role on Trollied, which is set in a supermarket, Margolyes said,

I play Rose, who’s a check-out girl. She’s a widow and took the job because she was lonely, but it’s also because she wanted to keep an eye on her grandson, who’s the apple of her eye and has a girlfriend she doesn’t like.

However, for someone who says that she has a sense of humor, Margolyes adds that she isn’t usually a fan of comedy:

I’ve never really liked comedy, so I find it so strange that I’m doing this, but the script made me laugh and not much does, not on television.

Still, the actress is frank about the type of roles she plays:

I’ve never been someone who is cast for having a lovely figure but for whatever qualities I could possibly bring to a role, so I’m still castable. I always wanted to be 70, though I don’t want to be any more than that. Now I’ve arthritic knees, I’ve slightly tipped over into the helpless stage.

Margolyes, who first came out as a lesbian six years ago, says that she kept her sexuality a secret “because I thought people wouldn’t employ me for a straight part.” She adds,

To a certain extent I think that’s still true in America, where people are terrified of anything like that. But I don’t care. Now I honestly think people don’t give a stuff as long as you’re happy and don’t fiddle with kids.

Margolyes has been with her partner for 44 years, and the two became civil partners last year, explaining that they did so for medical reasons.

If you’re ill and not partnered, you wouldn’t be able to ask the doctor, ‘What’s wrong, and how long has she got?’

However, the two have no plans to marry, which Margolyes explains by saying simply,

If you’ve been together that long, you know who you are, and you know what you want. There’s a complete trust and loyalty.

The fourth season of Trollied will begin on November 3 at 8:30 p.m. GMT on Sky 1 HD. You can read the full interview with Miriam Margolyes here.

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Mary W.

I am a Slytherin, a lifelong fan of Harry Potter, and a member of MuggleNet staff since 2014. In my Muggle life, I am passionate about human rights, and I love to travel around the world and meet new people.