Miriam Margolyes' New British Vogue Photoshoot Is Giving Total Pride And Joy

The Bafta winner made her Vogue debut for the magazine's Pride issue – and even posed nude for one of the pics.
Miriam Margolyes
Miriam Margolyes
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Stop what you’re doing and get a look at British Vogue’s latest cover, featuring the incomparable national treasure that is Miriam Margolyes.

The 82-year-old star is one of a host of LGBTQ+ figures who are appearing on different covers for the magazine’s Pride issue.

On her cover, Miriam looks every inch the icon that she is, sporting a royal blue wrap and elaborate mesh headpiece.

And as if that wasn’t fabulous enough, she’s also posed nude for the magazine, paying homage to Calendar Girls with some strategically-placed buns.

Now that is camp.

Miriam Margolyes pays homage to Calendar Girls in her British Vogue photo-shoot
Miriam Margolyes pays homage to Calendar Girls in her British Vogue photo-shoot
Tim Walker

Speaking to Vogue about coming out in 1966, when homosexuality was still illegal in Britain, Miriam said: “I never had any shame about being gay or anything really. I knew it wasn’t criminal because it was me. I couldn’t be [a] criminal.”

She added: “I think gay people are very lucky, because we are not conventional, we are a group slightly apart. It gives us an edge. We’re good artists, we’re good musicians. And I like being gay. I wouldn’t want to be straight for anything.”

As well as the Bafta winner, British Vogue has put together an impressive list of cover stars for its Pride issue, including singers Rina Sawyama and Janelle Monáe.

Other figures to be interviewed inside the magazine include Doctor Who newcomer Ncuti Gatwa, House Of The Dragon star Emma D’Arcy, Bella Ramsey of The Last Of Us fame and Labour MP Nadia Whittome.

See the full feature in the July issue of British Vogue, available via digital download and on newsstands from Tuesday 20 June.


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