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.

Miriam Margolyes

Miriam Margolyes

Profession: Actress
Nationality: British

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Nobody likes Jews. You can't say people like Jews. We're not popular. We're too smart to be liked. But it has been unacceptable to express anti-Semitism since the Holocaust.

While researching my ancestry I have unearthed many skeletons. It would seem that I come from a long line of ne'er-do-wells, especially on my mother's side.

I wouldn't consider retiring to India: there are too many people, and it's difficult walking along the pavements. I'd love to spend two or three months a year there.

Home is wherever I hang my hat.

Unfortunately, I don't know many black people.

I'm a silly little needy person sometimes, and I crouch in a room all alone and think of all the people that I wish were with me.

I don't understand why gay people are so anxious to get married.

It's very hard to talk about Palestine to Jewish people - they see me as a betrayer.

I've been very lucky - I've worked consistently, and I haven't had to kiss a lot of people on stage.

I've been fat my whole life and pretended I don't mind. But I do mind. It's really stupid that I've gone on being greedy and fat.

One of the worst things about ageing is the waning of your physical powers. I live in a house with 64 stairs, and I cannot run up and down them any more; my knee has conked out.

I cannot accept violence.

I still miss my parents every day; I adored them. And when you have no children, friends are even more important to you.

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.