‘Who is this woman?’: Stars’ infamous chat show clash

The ever-outspoken actress Miriam Margolyes blasted yet another celebrity, this time, another guest during one of her appearances on a viral TV show.

Margolyes appeared as a guest at the recent Hay Festival in the UK, where she was interviewed by author Philippe Sands who asked her which celebrities she doesn’t like.

Margolyes nominated singer Lily Allen, who sat next to her on the couch during a 2014 appearance The Graham Norton Show.

“When she was on the program she thought everything was about her,” Margolyes said, according to the Daily Mail.

“He thought, ‘Who is this woman? Miriam who? “She wasn’t friendly and I didn’t like that and so I showed my dislike, which wasn’t very nice of me because she was much younger than me and I should have just taught her how to behave.

Margolyes’ appearance on the chat show made headlines when she confessed to having little to no knowledge of her other guests, Allen and actor Dominic Cooper.

Host Graham Norton attempted to jog her memory by asking if she had seen Cooper’s recent hit film Oh mama.

“That was a terrible movie,” she announced as Cooper sat down right next to her. “Did you think it was a good movie?”

Then, attempting diplomacy, he said it was “a very popular film… among the people.”

Norton then suggested that surely Margolyes would have known about Allen, who by then had been one of the UK’s biggest pop stars for almost a decade.

“Darling, I’m 72 years old, I don’t know much about songs or singing. But I know you’re very admired, I know that,” she said, laughing, to Allen.

“Unlike Dominic, I guess?” Norton joked.

Now 83, Marolyes hasn’t been shy about sharing some of her uncomfortable experiences with other celebrities in recent years.

In his 2023 memoir Oh Miriam! detailed the “vile experience” she had acting alongside Steve Martin in the 1986 film, Little shop of horrors.

In the book she claims that she was “hit all day by doors opening in my face” and “repeatedly punched, slapped and knocked to the ground” by Martin as they tried to perfect a scene in the film.

“He (Steve Martin) was incredibly hostile, because he was a perfectionist,” Margolyes later told news.com.au.

“He was an artist and all he cared about was getting the comedic moment right, and he was right to do that, but he should have included me.”

But Martin hit back, issuing a statement calling his account of their time together “pejorative” and insisting that “my recollection is that we had good communication as professional actors.”

In another wild interview with news.com.au in 2022, Margolyes named and shamed action hero Arnold Schwarzenegger, claiming he was a nightmare to work with during their 1999 film. End of days.

“He was actually quite rude. He farted in my face. Now, I fart, of course I do, but I don’t fart in people’s faces. He did it deliberately, right in my face,” she said.

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