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Miriam Margolyes has mentioned she believes Charles Dickens would have been “pro-Palestine” at an occasion held by the Queen.

The Harry Potter actor, 83, has been vocal about her ideas on the continued Gaza disaster and reiterated her place on the Queen’s Reading Room Pageant at Hampton Court docket Palace on Saturday, including that the Oliver Twist creator would have agreed.

The occasion’s viewers included Camilla, BBC Sport presenter Clare Balding and her spouse Alice Arnold alongside members of the general public.

Broadcaster Gyles Brandreth requested the star when she first found the Nice Expectations and David Copperfield author.

She advised the What The Dickens! Miriam Margolyes and Mates session: “After I was 11, I learn Oliver Twist, that was the primary one. And I simply cherished it,” she started.

Reflecting on her Jewish id and the antisemitism prevalent on the time of the e book’s writing, Margolyes added, “It was all about criminals. And I loved the hazard of it, the humour of it. However I used to be mystified due to the (reference to the) Jews and I’m Jewish.

“And I assumed, ‘Why is he speaking concerning the slimy Jew (Fagin) sliding alongside the web page?’ and I used to be involved about this. I didn’t realise that antisemitism was a part of life.”

She then commented on the continued state of affairs in Gaza, saying she believed Dickens would agree along with her.

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“And don’t fear, I’m very political and I’m very pro-Palestine,” she mentioned. “I simply need that to be very clear, and so would Dickens if he was (right here)… however it fascinated me and so I used to be drawn into that world and I by no means left. ”

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Margolyes did theatrical Dickens-associated readings alongside different actors together with Karl Collins, Miranda actor Patricia Hodge, Tipping The Velvet star Rachael Stirling and Sport Of Thrones actor Julian Glover.

The British-Australian star additionally mentioned the battle in an look on Australian programme The Venture in March earlier this yr.

“As a result of being Jewish, we at all times must say what we’re. Are we for Israel or in opposition to Israel? I’m just for humanity. Ceasefire. Ceasefire,” she mentioned, to applause from the studio viewers.

It comes at a tense time for the leisure trade following a heated Eurovision Track Contest, and stress on the Oscars following Jonathan Glazer’s acceptance speech earlier this yr.

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