Miriam Margolyes tells This Morning she 'regrets coming out' to her late mother

By Lewis Knight

Miriam Margolyes revealed that she regretted coming out as gay to her parents years ago.

Appearing on Tuesday’s edition of This Morning, the Harry Potter actress spoke with hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip about her new memoir This Much Is True.

During the discussion, Phillip asked about a passage in her memoir where Miriam claimed she felt bad about having come out as a lesbian to her parents.

Phillip said: “One of the things that you regret, which I thought was really sad when I saw that, is that you came out to your parents and then it wasn’t long after that your mum had a stroke.”

Miriam Margolyes (right) discussed coming out as gay with Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby on This Morning (ITV)

Miriam said to Phillip: “I always felt guilty about that, I mean you’ve been very brave, you came out.

“I sort of thought you might be gay..."

Phillip, who came out as gay live on This Morning last year, asked: "Did you?"

Miriam continued: "...you know when I met you because you’re a bit camp.”

Phillip laughed and smiled, saying: "Yeah."

Miriam added: “I suppose I’m a bit camp too.”

“I think most people in telly are a bit camp if I’m honest,” commented a smiling Phillip.

Miriam revealed that she felt guilty about coming out as a lesbian to her mother (ITV)

“I think they are,” agreed Miriam, as Holly voiced her agreement.

She then asked Holly: “Are you camp?”

Phillip agreed that she was and Holly said: “Completely. I hope so!”

“If people can be, I’ll tick them,” laughed Miriam.

Discussing coming out to her mother, Miriam said her mum “couldn’t handle it” and that it was “too much for her”.

Phillip was called "camp" by Miriam who also asked Holly if she was too. (ITV)

She added: “That’s why I say people shouldn't come out to people who can’t handle it. It’s tough to keep it in because I want to share, and when I fell in love I wanted to tell everybody that I was in love.

“And [me and partner Heather Sutherland] been together for 53 years!”

Miriam revealed that the book covers how she discusses being gay, Jewish and “fat” in her new book.

She commented: "‘I’ve got a fat belly & my t*** hang down."

Miriam also discussed her body changes which she addresses in her memoir (ITV)

Discussing how her body has changed over the years, she then said to Phillip: “Your areas don’t descend or do they?”

This prompted further laughs from Phillip and Holly as they discussed the effects of gravity.

Miriam also revealed that she worked with actor Alan Cumming on a project and that he wore a jockstrap.

*This Morning airs on weekdays from 10am on ITV and ITV Hub.


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