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Miriam Margolyes reveals why she thought Steve Martin was horrid and unfriendly

The Harry Potter star worked with the Only Murders In The Building actor in 80s comedy musical Little Shop Of Horrors.

Miriam Margolyes during the filming for the Graham Norton Show at BBC Studioworks 6 Television Centre, Wood Lane, London, to be aired on BBC One on Friday evening. (Photo by Isabel Infantes/PA Images via Getty Images)
Miriam Margolyes has called Steve Martin horrid and unfriendly. (Getty Images) (Isabel Infantes - PA Images via Getty Images)

Miriam Margolyes has called Steve Martin "horrid" and "unfriendly" because he is such a perfectionist as an actor.

The Harry Potter star shared a scene with the Only Murders In The Building actor in 1986 comedy musical Little Shop Of Horrors and wrote in her new memoir Oh Miriam! that working with him had been a "vile experience".

Margolyes, 82, told news.com.au: "I just thought he was rather horrid. He was a c***, that’s all I can tell you."

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She added: “I didn’t enjoy it and I had a splitting headache at the end of the day.

"He [Steve Martin] was incredibly unfriendly, because he was a perfectionist.

Miriam Margolyes played Steve Martin's dental assistant in The The Little Shop Of Horrors in 1986. (Alamy)
Miriam Margolyes played Steve Martin's dental assistant in The The Little Shop Of Horrors in 1986. (Alamy) (Photo12, Photo 12)

"He was an artist and all he was interested in was getting the comic moment right, and he was correct to do that, but he should have included me."

But the Call The Midwife star also called Martin a "gifted" genius.

She said: "Steve was and is brilliant, this is not about his talent, just about his kindness at that time in his life.

Only Murders in the Building  Andrea Martin, Steve Martin and Martin Short.
Margolyes still thinks Only Murders In The Building star Steve Martin is a a talented and gifted comic actor. (Hulu) (HULU)

"When I saw the scene afterwards I thought, 'Oh, he’s good, he really is good'."

American comic Martin is not the only star who Margolyes has criticised of late.

She recently called Fawlty Towers star John Cleese “poisonous” and “irrelevant”.

The pair worked together in the early 1960s as part of Cambridge University’s renowned comedy society, the Cambridge Footlights.

Margolyes said of Cleese: “Like milk, he’s gone sour. He’s an irrelevance... Cleese is a puny tadpole of a person.”

John Cleese during a book signing at Waterstones Piccadilly to promote his book
Miriam Margolyes called John Cleese poisonous and irrelevant. (Getty Images) (Dave J Hogan via Getty Images)

And in her new autobiography Margolyes also voices her opinion of Mick Jagger and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

She calls the Rolling Stones singer a “miserable c***” and the Terminator star “a very boring man”.

Margolyes began her acting career in theatre, film and TV playing supporting comedic roles, often much older than she was herself at the time.

Miriam Margolyes on the This Morning sofa.
Miriam Margolyes is a hit on the This Morning sofa. (ITV)

She won a generation of younger fans when she was cast as Professor Sprout in the Harry Potter film series in 2002 and has since branched out into presenting travel documentaries, starting with The Real Marigold Hotel on BBC in 2016.

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The outspoken performer has become a regular guest on the This Morning voicing her opinions to the amusement of viewers and presenters Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby.

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