Miriam Margolyes: ‘The government is utterly deplorable. The world is in chaos’

11 May 2020.

Promoting a show about travelling Australia from lockdown in London, the British-born actor shares her views on both her home countries.

Miriam Margolyes is a national treasure in not just one but two nations. The actor, born in Britain and best known for her roles in Harry Potter, her work with Monty Python and her stage appearances, became an Australian citizen in 2013. Her partner of more than 50 years is Australian, and last year she travelled more than 10,000km around Australia over two months for a new ABC documentary called Almost Australian.

Guardian Australia spoke to Margolyes in isolation in her home in London, where she’s inhabiting a very different world from the one depicted in her documentary: the open road.

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