Miriam Margolyes opened up about the frustrations of being a carer that led her to hitting her paralyzed mother during a special episode of the BBC Imagine documentary series.
The 80-year-old actress told presenter Alan Yentob about her relationship with her late mother Ruth, whose health deteriorated after a stroke. She died in 1974.
In her memoir, published last year, Margolyes detailed her devoted relationship with her mother, but admitted to Yentob that she left a moment out of the book.
“I didn’t mention something that I should have mentioned,” she said. “And that was hitting my mother when she was paralyzed.
“Anyone who has been a caregiver will know how frustrating and difficult it is and I am letting this happen, I am deeply ashamed.”
Margolyes was visibly in tears as she continued: “What really upsets me is that my mother has forgiven me. I hit her when she was paralyzed and she forgave me.”
In her autobiography Exactly my thoughtsShe called her mother “the rock in my life,” according to Margolyes. HuffPost.
“The most important person in my life was without a doubt my mother. Maybe she still is,” wrote Margolyes. “She deliberately tied me to her with emotional steel hoops.”
The Professor Sprout actor recently spoke out in defense of JK Rowling, saying the anger at the author’s views on trans people was “misplaced”.
Margolyes added that she would like to mediate between Rowling and Harry Potter star Emma Watson, who has been a vocal advocate for transgender rights and appears to have subtly attacked the author’s views at the 2022 BAFTAs.
Imagine… Miriam Margolyes: To win is now available to stream on BBC iPlayer.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/miriam-margolyes-mother-paralysed-bbc-imagine-b2066354.html Miriam Margolyes admits hitting her paralyzed mother in emotional confession: ‘I am deeply ashamed’