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Miriam Margolyes sparks yet another celebrity row as she names ‘hostile’ star she clashed with on talk show


Miriam Margolyes OBE has revealed which ‘hostile’ celebrity she disliked sitting on Graham Norton’s famous red sofa with.

The actress is a frequent guest of the show and on Saturday she opened up about one of the less favorable experiences she has had.

Interviewed by Graham Norton alongside the likes of Stanley Tucci and Matthew Perry, Miriam was asked by author Philippe Sands which celebrities she disliked during the Hay Festival.

In a 2014 episode of BBC’s The Graham Norton Show, Miriam, 83, was a guest alongside Dominic Cooper and Lily Allen.

Still, Miriam clashed with Lily, with the actress explaining: «When she was on the show, she thought it was all about her.»

Miriam Margolyes, 83, has revealed which celebrity she didn’t like sitting on Graham Norton’s famous red sofa with.

During Saturday's Hay Festival, Miriam was asked which celebrities she didn't like and revealed that of all the celebrities she met at Graham Norton, the only one she didn't like was Lily Allen.

During Saturday’s Hay Festival, Miriam was asked which celebrities she didn’t like and revealed that of all the celebrities she met at Graham Norton, the only one she didn’t like was Lily Allen.

Miriam explained:

Miriam explained: «When she was on the show she thought it was all about her» (pictured in 2014 with third guest Dominic Cooper)

Miriam continued: “She thought, ‘Who is this woman? Miriam who?» She wasn’t friendly and I didn’t like that, so I made my dislike known, which wasn’t very nice of me because she was much younger than me and I was just supposed to teach her how to behave.»

Miriam also credited The Graham Norton Show with helping her make «tremendous amounts of money» for personalized video app Cameo.

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Lily, 39, isn’t the only celebrity who has a bad side to Miriam.

Miriam also told Philippe that Monty Python star John Cleese has «become a ***hole», while Bill Oddie from The Goodies is «not a nice man».

It comes after Miriam criticized famous comedian Steve Martin in 2023 after she starred in a film with him in the 1980s.

The Harry Potter star worked with Martin on the 1986 film Little Shop of Horrors and says the experience was «shameful» and described her American co-star as «kind».

“I just thought he was pretty awful. He was an ac***, that’s all I can tell you,” she claimed in an interview with News.com.

Miriam explained that she had to share a scene with Martin, now 78, in which he played the dentist and she was the receptionist.

In the scene, her character is ‘struck’ by Martin and she explained that it took a few steps before the prankster was satisfied.

The 82-year-old Harry Potter star worked with Martin on 1986's Little Shop of Horrors and says it was a

The 82-year-old Harry Potter star worked with Martin on 1986’s Little Shop of Horrors and says it was a «disgusting» experience, describing her American co-star as «kind».

Miriam described the Father of the Bride star, 78, as a ‘brilliant perfectionist’ but felt left out of the process.

«I didn’t enjoy it and I had a headache at the end of the day,» she said. «(Steve Martin) was incredibly hostile because he was a perfectionist.»

However, she had some nice words for Martin, calling him very «gifted» and her scene with him in the finished film was «very good».

MailOnline has contacted Lily for comment.

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