London, November 3, 2023
In a heartwarming revelation, renowned actress Miriam Margolyes expressed her wish to finally move in with her partner of 55 years, historian Heather Sutherland. The 82-year-old actress opened up about her desire for cohabitation during an episode of the Graham Norton Show, reflecting on their enduring relationship and the importance of making the most of their time together.
Miriam Margolyes, best known for her roles in the Harry Potter franchise and countless other films and television series, has maintained a loving, long-distance relationship with Heather Sutherland, who resides in Amsterdam, far away from Margolyes’ London home. The couple has defied the odds, keeping their love strong despite the geographical separation that has marked their relationship.
Speaking candidly on the popular talk show, Margolyes stated, “We are together, but we live apart. She is in Amsterdam, and I am in London, but now we want to live together. I really do want to live with her because we are old, and we haven’t got much time left. It is silly to live apart.”
Margolyes and Sutherland first crossed paths in 1967 and have been committed to each other ever since. In a recent interview with Australia’s The Project, Miriam shared her relationship philosophy, emphasizing the importance of honesty, communication, and contentment with what one has. She discouraged adultery and advocated for parting ways if a relationship isn’t working, but with kindness and respect.
Miriam’s decision to move in with Heather is a testament to their enduring love and a desire to maximize their time together, emphasizing the significance of their shared journey. She provided valuable insights into the secret of their enduring love, encouraging others to cherish their relationships and handle any issues with care.
Besides discussing her personal life, Miriam also revealed that she has retired from being sexually active. She humorously added, “I’ve finished with sex, but I don’t want everybody to be finished with it because otherwise the world would stop.”
In her 2021 autobiography, “This Much Is True,” Miriam described the dynamics of her relationship with Heather, highlighting their differences, with Heather being an academic and a scholar, reserved and incredibly private. Miriam met Heather through a mutual friend while working on a BBC radio drama shortly after graduating from the University of Cambridge.
Heather Sutherland, an Australian historian and former professor at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in the Netherlands, has been the quiet but steadfast presence in Miriam’s life for over half a century. Their story serves as an enduring testament to the power of love, commitment, and the desire to spend one’s golden years in each other’s company.