On Tuesday 18th October 2017 the charity Whitecliffs Talking News, based in Deal,  celebrated its 40th anniversary and patron of the charity Ms Miriam Margolyes OBE joined  in with the celebrations.

The charity’s 40th anniversary was held in Deal Town Hall and also attended by the Worshipful Town Mayor of Deal, Councillor David Cronk, and the Mayoress Mrs Karen Cronk, together with members of Kent Association for the Blind, and volunteers from Whitecliffs Talking News. Blind and partially sighted listeners of the talking news  also attended.

Born in Oxford, England and educated at Newnham College, Cambridge, Miriam Margolyes  is an award-winning actress who has achieved success on both sides of the Atlantic. Winner of the BAFTA Best Supporting Actress award in 1993 for ‘The Age of Innocence’, she was also Best Supporting Actress at the 1989 LA Critics Circle Awards for her role in ‘Little Dorrit’. Her recording of ‘Oliver Twist’ was given the Sony Radio Award for Best Actress in 1993.

Miriam’s role as Professor Sprout in ‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets’ might tend to capture the public’s attention, but it is only a small part of her outstanding film career. Such classics as Yentl, Little Shop of Horrors, Cold Comfort Farm, Modigliani, Being Julia, and Ladies in Lavender are just a few of her many successes.

Most memorable TV credits include, Old Flames, Freud, Life and Loves of a She Devil, Blackadder, The Girls of Slender Means, Oliver Twist, The History Man, Vanity Fair & Supply & Demand.   Her 2004 BBC TV documentary series about Charles Dickens , ‘Dickens in America’ was a worldwide success.

Stage credits too numerous to list include her own award-winning, one-woman show,’ DICKENS’ WOMEN’, performed at Festivals in Edinburgh, London, Sydney, Jerusalem, Santa Cruz, USA, New York City, Boston & all over India.

Her voice work has been internationally acclaimed and she is regarded as the most accomplished female voice in Britain. She has recorded many audio books including Oliver Twist, Great Expectations, Alice in Wonderland & Alice Through the Looking-Glass, Matilda, Pinocchio, The Worst Witch series, and The Queen & I – one of the best-selling audio books in the world. Her voice is familiar from many TV documentaries and commercials, the most famous probably being for Manikin Cigars, Cadbury’s Caramel Bunny, and Dolly, the Chimp in the PG Tips Campaign. She is also the voice of Mama in the Dolmio commercials.

In 2002, H.M The Queen awarded her the Order of the British Empire for her services to Drama.

Miriam has been a supporter for many years of numerous charities and in particular  Vision Varanasi, in India, which helps poor and needy people to receive treatment for various sight problems.

Throughout her life she has supported charities helping the visually impaired.