Miriam Margolyes Takes Over British “Vogue” for July 2023

Miriam Margolyes, who plays Professor Sprout in the Harry Potter films, is featured on the cover of the July 2023 edition of British Vogue, with an off-camera interview, several photoshoots, and a video interview going through the important items in her bag.



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In her interview for the magazine issue, Margolyes covered a range of topics, including her sexuality, insecurities, and her new book, Oh Miriam! Stories from an Extraordinary Life. She talked about how she “can’t resist naughtiness” and how she feels her career has taken off again recently because she’s “lucky enough to still be interesting.” 

She also spoke about her life with her partner, Heather Sutherland, stating they can “live their lives without diminishing them” in response to a question about how the couple has never cohabited. She shared some of her insecurities surrounding her “little twisted legs” and “drooping belly.” She did, however, talk proudly about her sexuality, saying that she “wouldn’t want to be straight for anything.” 



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Margolyes also covered more serious topics, such as the state of LGBTQ+ rights in the United Kingdom, where she lives. She responded that for her, “it’s not so much the gay part of things” that is worrying. She described a “moral slide” coming from the UK government, saying that she doesn’t “have a lot of hope at the moment” for positive change. When asked about a possible career change into politics, she shared that she had thought about it but that she is “too much of a loose cannon.” She also discussed her fear of death and an upcoming surgery to fit a stent in her heart. She said that she thinks about death a lot, but that her fear has lessened over the years.

As well as the magazine interview, Margolyes took part in a typical Vogue video for the company’s YouTube channel, going through her day-to-day bag and sharing the stories behind the items within it. From practicalities, such as her disabled parking badge and a napkin for catching crumbs, to surprises, like an onion, a spare pair of navy blue, dyed underwear, and an entire second bag, it’s fair to say Margolyes pulled a range of items from her floral tote bag. She also continued to share stories from her past, including how she messed up her wedding day, as she didn’t know about an interview conducted the week before the actual civil partnership ceremony. You can watch the video below.



Margolyes isn’t the only Wizarding World alum to take on interviews recently. Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley) told Brides all about her wedding and its sustainable nature back in April, while Jessie Cave (Lavender Brown) shared details of her childhood and how important losses affected her future career with the Guardian.

Did you learn anything new about Margolyes through these British Vogue interviews?

Neave Williamson

I've been a proud Slytherin for as long as I can remember, and love taking inspiration from the Wizarding World for short films.