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Miriam Margolyes OBE (born May 18, 1941) is a British-Australian character actress. She won a BAFTA for her performance in Martin Scorsese's The Age of Innocence and is known to Harry Potter fans around the world as Professor Sprout. Her TV work includes guest appearances on Blackadder, Marple, Doc Martin and Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries. She is also active in the theater and has played Wicked's Madame Morrible on both Broadway and London's West End.

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  • Brutal Honesty: Margolyes is known for being unusually candid in interviews. In an appearance on The Graham Norton Show, she recounted the time she had oral sex with an American soldier and when asked about her Harry Potter co-stars, she said she didn't like "the one that died". Also, when she became an Australian citizen, she referred to herself as a "dyke" right in front of Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
  • Playing Gertrude: She played Kevin Kline's mom in I Love You To Death. Their age difference? Six years. It happened again when she played Peter Sellers' mother in The Life and Death of Peter Sellers. She and Geoffrey Rush are only ten years apart in age.
  • Precision F-Strike: When she appeared on University Challenge in the early 60s, she became the first person to say "fuck" on British television.
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