Miriam Margolyes reveals she has new-found respect for Aussie bogans


Harry Potter star Miriam Margolyes reveals she has new-found respect for Aussie BOGANS after attending a burnout rally: ‘Everyone was so kind’

British-Australian actress Miriam Margolyes revealed on Monday that hanging out with a group of friendly Aussie bogans changed her opinion of them.

A ‘bogan’ is Australian slang for a vulgar or uncultured person of low social status, similar to an American redneck or British chav.

In an interview with New Idea, the 81-year-old said she recently attended a ‘bogan burnout’ car rally for her upcoming documentary series.

British-Australian actress Miriam Margolyes (pictured) revealed on Monday that hanging out with a group of friendly Aussie bogans changed her opinion of them

Margolyes, who is best known for playing herbology professor Pomona Sprout in the Harry Potter film series, said she actually found the bogans quite charming.

‘If someone asked me if I’d like bogans, I’d have said no. I’d have thought that I couldn’t bear them. But I was wrong,’ she told the magazine.

‘The community was very welcoming and everyone was so kind, so accepting, and so open.’

A 'bogan' is Australian slang for a vulgar or uncultured person of low social status, similar to an American redneck or British chav. (Pictured: Benny, a self-confessed bogan, who spoke about his lifestyle in a recent episode of ABC TV series You Can't Ask That)

A ‘bogan’ is Australian slang for a vulgar or uncultured person of low social status, similar to an American redneck or British chav. (Pictured: Benny, a self-confessed bogan, who spoke about his lifestyle in a recent episode of ABC TV series You Can’t Ask That) 

Margolyes, who played Professor Pomona Sprout in the Harry Potter movies, said she actually found the bogans quite charming. (Pictured in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets)

Margolyes, who played Professor Pomona Sprout in the Harry Potter movies, said she actually found the bogans quite charming. (Pictured in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets)

The Age of Innocence star spent a day with a bogan community for her ABC show Miriam Margolyes: Australia Unmasked.

The series will see her hit the road to discover what the concept of a ‘fair go’ means in modern Australian society.

The veteran actor has previously made headlines for her controversial comments.

She publicly defended Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling in April over the ‘misplaced’ vitriol she faced for her views on the trans debate.

The 81-year-old (pictured in London on April 9, 2019) spent a day with a bogan community for her ABC show Miriam Margolyes: Australia Unmasked

The 81-year-old (pictured in London on April 9, 2019) spent a day with a bogan community for her ABC show Miriam Margolyes: Australia Unmasked

The Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts author has faced repeated accusations of transphobia for her defence of women’s rights.

Margolyes told Radio Times: ‘There isn’t one answer to all these trans questions. We all know people who are slightly pansy or a bit butch or whatever you call it.’

And in 2020 she came under fire for describing the land Down Under as ‘brutal’ and ‘greedy’ ahead of the release of her documentary series Almost Australian.

Margolyes (seen in August 2016) came under fire in 2020 for describing the land Down Under as 'brutal' and 'greedy' ahead of the release of her documentary series Almost Australian

Margolyes (seen in August 2016) came under fire in 2020 for describing the land Down Under as ‘brutal’ and ‘greedy’ ahead of the release of her documentary series Almost Australian 

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