Miriam Margolyes, English actress and voice artist, was born May 18, 1941, in Oxford, England. Her first major film role was Elephant Ethel in the 1977 film Stand Up, Virgin Soldiers. During the 80s, Margolyes starred in some of the of Blackadder television series; Blackadder, Blackadder II, and Blackadder's Christmas Carol. The film that helped launch her career is The Age of Innocence directed by Martin Scorsese. In it, Margoyles played Mrs. Mingott and earned a BAFTA Film Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in 1993. In the 1990s and early 2000s, Margolyes played roles in films for children. She played Aunt Sponge in James and the Giant Peach, the voice of Fly the dog in Babe, and Professor Sprout in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. In 2010, Margolyes returned to the role of Professor Sprout in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. She is an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for her service to drama.