Miriam Margolyes has shared her secret to a long-lasting relationship – don't live with the other person.
The Harry Potter actress, 82, has been with historian Heather Sutherland for 54 years after first meeting in the 1960s and then later making things official with a civil partnership. However, they don't actually live together.
Appearing on podcast Table Manners with Jessie and Lennie Ware, Margolyes dished: “I’m in love with my partner and have been for 54 years. We don’t live together because we’re both professional women. She is a historian and an academic and I’m an actress and a documentarian now. Her work is in Indonesian and Dutch and so she lives in Amsterdam, but we try to be together as much as possible.”
She went on to divulge that she and Australian-born Sutherland only live together properly when they are staying in Italy, where they own a house.
While Margolyes is happy to visit her other half in Holland, she revealed Sutherland isn’t a fan of London where she resides most of the time.
In fact, the Call The Midwife star and Graham Norton Show guest favourite has previously claimed that although they speak on the phone every day, they only see each other around eight times a year.
Appearing on Vogue’s Pride cover back in the summer, she explained: “We were able to lead our lives without diminishing them. I didn’t want her to have to give up anything and I didn’t want to give up anything.”
Sutherland also prefers to keep out of the spotlight so the couple have rarely been photographed in public together.