I don’t want to die yet Miriam Margolyes shares death fears ahead of Call the Midwife

Call the Midwife: BBC teases Christmas Day special

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The actress, 80, is set to appear on tomorrow’s pre-recorded Christmas Day edition of Good Morning Britain. The Harry Potter star explained to ITV hosts Susanna Reid, Ben Shephard and Kate Garraway that she wasn’t in much of Call The Midwife because she “didn’t want to die”.

Reprising her role as Nurse Mildred, Miriam will be back on the BBC favourite for the festive instalment.

Speaking about the upcoming new series, Miriam commented: “I wasn’t in more because I was too frightened.

“I don’t want to die yet, I want to keep going! I’m hopeful for next year.”

Miriam’s character was introduced at the Mother Superior at the Mother House during the 2018 Christmas Special.

She didn’t appear on-screen during series 10 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but her character interacted with others via phone calls.

Moving on to discuss her role in Harry Potter, Miriam revealed: “You know I don’t like children, but they were all very sweet.

“I think people are kinder at Christmas and that’s to me the important thing.

“And that’s why Call The Midwife is so lovely because people are kind in it and good, the hearts of people are on show.”

Asked if she thought times were better in the period Call The Midwife is set, Miriam exclaimed: “Yes, they were!

“I’m sorry, they may get better again, I’m not going to say anything controversial – I can’t!

“I just feel it was better in those days, people were kinder.

“We may have made mistakes, but the feelings between people were easier.

“And I didn’t hate so much, there’s so much hatred at the moment.”

The Good Morning Britain Christmas episode will air tomorrow for the second year running.

It will feature a plethora of guests to kick start the big day.

With all three presenters sitting around the GMB desk, Ben opens the show by saying: “Well hasn’t Santa delivered for me!

“I have the absolute pleasure of being the filling in this GMB Christmas sandwich.

“I have been put here, this isn’t my own doing! I’m just doing as I’m told, as I always do.”

Susanna quipped: “We were told that you especially asked for us in your Christmas stocking this morning?”

Speaking about whether they have been naughty or nice this year, Ben admitted: “Probably a mixture of both this year.”

“I sense there’s a lot of naughtiness going around,” Kate joked.

The trio were then joined by Martin and Shirlie Kemp from their Christmas Grotto at home in their shed.

Whilst Christmas is a favourite time of year for the couple and their children, this year they will also be marking the five year anniversary of the passing of their beloved friend, George Michael.

Shirlie admitted: “I think of him every day… I thank him really, because he gave me some of the best Christmases I’ve ever had.

“He just knew how to create magic and always invited us all round to his house. It was always beautiful.”

Good Morning Britain’s Christmas special will air on Christmas Day at 7am on ITV.

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