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Miriam Margolyes

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Miriam Margolyes

Miriam Margolyes (born May 18, 1941 in Oxford, England) is a British character actress. The short, grey-haired, heavy-set actress is one of Britain's most sought after supporting players, and has appeared in a number of successful feature films.

Ms. Margolyes' first major role in a film was as character called Elephant Ethel. She has since become a familiar face in the world of film and television.

Margolyes received critical acclaim for her portrayal of Flora Finching in the 1988 movie, Little Dorrit. In 1993, she won a Best Supporting Actress, BAFTA for her role as Mrs Mingott, the only comic relief in Martin Scorsese's The Age of Innocence, a performance which jump started her career.

Margolyes was recently seen alongside Geoffrey Rush and Charlize Theron in The Life and Death of Peter Sellars and will next appear with Annette Bening, Jeremy Irons and Michael Gambon in Being Julia (as Dolly de Vries), Margolyes will also play Dorcas in Ladies in Lavender with Dames Judi Dench and Maggie Smith, and will be a regular cast member in Miss Marple, a new series which will be shown in the UK in 2004, and will feature Geraldine McEwan in the title role.

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