Miriam Margolyes was close to tears during a special episode of BBC’s Imagine as she admitted to hitting her paralysed mother.
The Harry Potter actress, 80, spent the documentary praising her relationship with her mother Ruth, who died in 1974 after her health deteriorated following a stroke.
In 2021, Miriam released her latest book, a memoir titled This Much is True, packed with outlandish memories from her colourful 80 years.
However, speaking to presenter Alan Yentob, the brash film star revealed a devastating moment from her life that she kept out of the autobiography.
‘I didn’t mention something that I should have mentioned,’ she said. ‘And that was that I hit my mother wen she was paralysed.
‘Anyone who’s been a carer will know how frustrating and difficult it is and I let that happen, I’m deeply ashamed of it.’
Becoming more emotional and tearing up, she continued: ‘The thing that really gets to me is that my mother forgave me.
‘I hit her when she was paralysed and she forgave me.’
Previously in the programme, Miriam called her mother the ‘centre of my life,’ adding ‘as I was to hers’.
She smiled as she remembered their unbreakable bond. Mummy’s girl!’, she teased.
‘I don’t hear many people talk about “mummy” as though Mummy was still there,’ noted Alan.
Grinning, Miriam replied: ‘She never let me go.’
Imagine… Miriam Margolyes: Up for Grabs is available to stream on BBC iPlayer now.