Harry Potter Star Miriam Margolyes ‘Can’t Walk’ And ‘Will Be In Wheelchair Soon’

Miriam Margolyes has opened up about her health, revealing that she 'can't walk' and may need a wheelchair soon. 
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Miriam Margolyes has opened up about her health, revealing that she ‘can’t walk’ and may need a wheelchair soon. 

The Babe star, 82, is celebrated for her distinguished career as a character performer across both stage and screen.

Margolyes’ exceptional talents earned her a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in Martin Scorsese’s The Age of Innocence.

The actress is also recognised for her portrayal of Professor Sprout in the iconic Harry Potter film series.

Sadly, the James and the Giant Peach actress has now revealed that she’s going through a health challenge.

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When appearing on the How To Fail podcast, Margolyes revealed that she suffers from spinal stenosis.

According to Mayo Clinic, spinal stenosis is when the space inside the backbone is too small and it puts pressure on the spinal cords and nerves that travel through the spine.

Opening up about her previous life choices, Margolyes said: “The one thing I have not conquered and should have conquered is my weight. I am a blubber mass. I am fat. And to be fat and 82 is truly pathetic.

“It’s such a defeat. A cream bun, a chocolate, a helping of chopped liver is more important than your health and aesthetic presentation? No, it isn’t more important, it’s just greed, lack of discipline, all the things I’m embarrassed by in myself.”

Miriam Margolyes
Miriam Margolyes has opened up about her health issues, revealing that she may need a wheelchair soon. Credit: ITV

Margolyes went on to describe it as a ‘major failure’, adding that she’s ‘limited my life because of my longing for fudge or chopped liver, cheesecake’.

“It is a major failure and because of that I’ve got spinal stenosis, I can’t walk, I’m going to be in a wheelchair before I’m much older,” she commented.

“I mean, look at Camilla, our Queen, she’s a good-looking woman, she’s got her body in trim. I like her as a person… She’s splendid and she’s taken care of herself. It wasn’t joy, it was laziness, it was greed – and I regret it.”

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The Harry Potter star’s comments come after she appeared as a cover star for British Vogue, in which she posed nude for the magazine.

In the interview with the publication, Margolyes shared that she may need heart surgery as she had recently been rushed to the hospital for an emergency.

She revealed that the ‘unexpected’ issue means she will need to have a heart stent fitted so she can continue with her work.

“When you’re young, you never think about death. You just think about your next f*** basically. I think about death a lot,” Margolyes remarked on the matter.

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Written by Ryan Wilks

Ryan is a content editor at IGV who specialises in celebrity and entertainment news. He has a degree in Magazine Journalism and Production from the University of Gloucestershire. He previously worked as a social media editor for Reach PLC’s national brands including Daily Star, Daily Express, OK! and The Mirror.