Miriam Margolyes "can’t walk" as she shares health update

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Miriam Margolyes says she "can't walk"Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock

Miriam Margolyes has opened up about her health struggles in a candid podcast appearance.

Known for playing Harry Potter's Professor Sprout, the BAFTA Award-winning actress recently joined How to Fail with Elizabeth Day, where she reflected on her own perceived greatest failures.

"The one thing that I have not conquered and that I should've done, is my weight," Margolyes said, before adding: "I am a blubber, I am fat, and to be fat at 80 is truly pathetic.

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"It's such a defeat. A cream bun, a chocolate, a helping of chopped liver is more important than your health? Than your presentation? No, it isn't. It's just greed, lack of discipline."

Margolyes claimed that a lifelong indifference towards her weight has resulted in spinal stenosis — a condition characterised by space inside the backbone becoming too small, causing pressure on the spinal cord.

"I can't walk, I'm going to be in a wheelchair before I'm much older. I've limited my life with my longing for fudge, chopped liver, cheesecake, all these absurdities. I shouldn't have been so greedy. I should've been stronger."

Despite this, Margolyes does hold an appreciation for her "good eyes, vivid hair" and "lovely smile", with additional pride in her strong body of work and the ability to build relationships.

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Further along, Margolyes alluded to a new TV project that gave her some fresh perspective.

"I said [to the director], 'I don't want to be seen as a cripple, I don't want that. Don't put me on television having difficulty moving', and she said, 'Miriam, don't you see that that is an encouragement to people watching who may have difficulties? You being there on telly, being yourself, that gives people courage'," she recalled.

"I thought, well that may be true — this hideous old bag lurching about their televisions might give them confidence. That is a good thing because I really want to help."

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