Actress Miriam Margolyes has paid tribute to fellow thespian, the late Matthew Perry, weeks after expressing her regret at the one question she shouldn’t have asked him.
The British actress, known for her roles in the Harry Potter series and The Age of Innocence, appeared alongside Perry on the Graham Norton Show in 2020 with actress Gemma Arterton and musician Jack Savoretti.
During the talk show, Margolyes had Norton and the audience in stitches while Perry, quite taken aback at her overshare about getting Lawrence Olivier’s autograph, squirmed in his seat.
RIP Matthew Perry. You will be missed by so many. A great man pic.twitter.com/nwrzqgMGs0
— Miriam Margolyes OBE (@MMargolyes) October 29, 2023
She wrote, “RIP Matthew Perry. You will be missed by so many. A great man.”
Perry and Margolyes fans commiserated with the actress expressing their sadness at the actor’s untimely passing and thanking her for sharing such a wonderful memory.
Watching the two of you and how he offered to show you Friends episodes in a hotel is one of the best Graham Norton moments for me! You were both so funny bouncing off one another
— Corinne | Won’t Be Defeated (@bunnyhuggerpro) October 29, 2023
I loved this episode of Graham Norton . You were hilarious. Loved Matthew Perry in friends as Chandler, his reaction to your story was brilliant. it’s a sad day.
— Peter Hewitt (@peterhewitt84) October 29, 2023
What a lovely memory Miriam. Thank you for sharing.
— TJ (@deepbluepaladin) October 29, 2023
Indeed, Ms. M. A great man, who did so much for so many. More than make us laugh, he was there for people who were crying, dying inside too. All the work he did, with & for addicts, is his true legacy. May he rest easy. RIP @MatthewPerry
— TigerGooseMerGoat (@GooseyMer) October 29, 2023
Oh miriam… He really was a legend and looked the most uncomfortable lol
— Paul addict mentor (@Pauldrugsmentor) October 29, 2023
In her 2023 memoir, Oh Miriam! Stories from an Extraordinary Life, Margolyes recalls the exchange but also expresses her regret at asking Perry if he was an alcoholic.
She said: “On reflection, I really wish I hadn’t,” and described the episode as “one of the few times” she “didn’t quite ‘mesh’ with another guest” on a chat show.
On the contrary, Perry was quite open about his long battle with addiction and alcohol throughout his career. Last year he revealed the true extent of his pain in a tell-all memoir, Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing.
News of his passing spread last Saturday when he was reportedly found unresponsive on his hot tub around 4pm.