By Steve Hopkins
‘What the world needs right now’
Miriam Margolyes has appeared on the cover of Vogue, age 82, and people “are absolutely obsessed” with the pictures.
The outspoken actress posted for a series of fun snaps – including one where she is topless – and told the magazine that she “wouldn’t be straight for anything”.
“Taking over British Vogue during Pride Month is just what the world needs right now,” one person wrote. Another added that they were “beyond obsessed” with the images.
Miriam told Vogue she never felt “any shame” around her sexuality, and explained that “Gay people are very lucky, because we are not conventional.”
The actress came out as a lesbian in 1966 – at a time when homosexual acts between men were illegal – and lived through the HIV crisis of the 1980s, during which she lost 34 friends.
“I never had any shame about being gay or anything really. I knew it wasn’t criminal because it was me. I couldn’t be criminal,” she told Vogue.
While Miriam is out and proud, she told the magazine that she regretted telling her parents, as they never accepted her sexuality and it “hurt them and I don’t want to hurt people”.
Miriam is a star of the screen and stage and has been successful on both sides of the Atlantic. She won the BAFTA Best Supporting Actress award in 1993 for The Age of Innocence, received Best Supporting Actress at the 1989 LA Critics Circle Awards for her role in Little Dorrit (1987) and a Sony Radio Award for Best Actress in 1993. See her acting credits here.
She has also become a national treasure for her being outspoken and hilarious.
Margolyes’ career in TV and film spans decades; some of her work includes Blackadder, Vanity Fair and Harry Potter.
She has often made headlines for her hilariously frank interviews, with her wild anecdotes often going viral.