Miriam Margolyes fears she'll be in a wheelchair soon due to weight

Miriam Margolyes revealed that she was convinced she would end up in a wheelchair before long as she was struggling to stand on her feet. 

The Harry Potter star, 82, revealed that she was finding the action of walking a challenge due to spinal stenosis – a condition which occurs when the space inside the backbone is too small.

Blaming her weight for her spinal issues, the veteran actress opened up about her concerns while chatting with Elizabeth Day, 44. 

She explained to the host of the How to Fail podcast: ‘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.’

She continued on and said: ‘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. 


‘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.’
Miriam – who is currently waiting for surgery to have a heart stent fitted – lamented that she has ‘limited [her] life’ because she lacks discipline with her food intake.

The actress outlined: ‘I’ve limited my life because of my longing for fudge or chopped liver, cheesecake. 

‘All these absurdities, I shouldn’t have been so greedy, have been stronger. I f**k everything up by greed and I think it’s shameful.’ 

Back in June, Miriam was unveiled as the cover star of British Vogue magazine and she joked that it took 20 people to ‘make [her] look like that’. 

She also confessed that she only agreed to pose nude with cream buns covering her breasts on the condition they wouldn’t show her stomach.

Miriam shared: ‘When I got that email… I thought someone’s having a laugh. That can’t be right, Vogue?

‘I’ve never looked at Vogue, it’s the sort of magazine you get in high-class hairdressers, where I never go, and poncy hotels. Anyway, it happened. I think it’s brilliant.’

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