Miriam Margolyes, the beloved actress known for her remarkable career on both stage and screen, has recently shared some concerning news about her health.
At 82 years old, the star of "Babe" has entertained audiences with her diverse characters, earning accolades like a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in Martin Scorsese's "The Age of Innocence."
She's also fondly recognized for her role as Professor Sprout in the iconic Harry Potter film series.
However, Margolyes has disclosed a health challenge during her appearance on the How To Fail podcast.
She bravely revealed that she's dealing with a condition called spinal stenosis. Spinal stenosis occurs when the space within the backbone becomes too narrow, exerting pressure on the spinal cords and nerves that run through the spine, potentially affecting her mobility.
Sharing insights into her past decisions, Margolyes remarked: "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."
Margolyes continued by characterizing it as a 'major failure,' and she candidly admitted 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 shared.
"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."
The revelations from the Harry Potter actress followed her recent appearance as a British Vogue cover star, where she boldly posed in the nude.
During her interview with the magazine, Margolyes disclosed that she faced a sudden health crisis that led to an emergency hospitalization. This unexpected health issue now requires her to undergo heart surgery to have a heart stent fitted, ensuring she can continue her work.
Reflecting on the situation, Margolyes mused, "When you're young, you never think about death. You just think about your next f*** basically. I think about death a lot."