Miriam Margolyes paid tribute to Matthew Perry weeks after confessing her “regret” for a question she asked the star of Friends in The Graham Norton Show.
Actress Margolyes, whose credits include The Age of Innocence and harry potter and the Philosopher’s Stoneappeared on Norton’s BBC chat show in 2020 alongside Perry, British actress Gemma Arterton and musician Jack Savoretti.
Perry, who died on Saturday (October 28), was promoting a play in the West End and was left uneasy after an indiscreet anecdote shared by Margolyes. As the audience laughed, a visibly shocked Perry declared, “Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever felt so uncomfortable in my life.”
Margolyes recently reflected on the episode in her new memoir, writing: “Matthew expected a dull and superficial conversation, but I was preparing my topic and immediately dared to elaborate.”
However, the exchange that Margolyes remembers with regret is asking Perry “if he was an alcoholic.”
He added, “On reflection, I wish I hadn’t asked” and mentioned that the episode “was one of the few times” he didn’t “quite fit with another guest” on a chat show.
To pay tribute to Perry, Margolyes shared a clip of her participation in The Graham Norton Show on X/Twitter and wrote: “RIP Matthew Perry. Many will miss you. A great man”.
Perry was candid about his behind-the-scenes struggle with addiction during his time working on the sitcom. Friends.
The actor, who played Chandler Bing in all 10 seasons of the comedy series (from 1994 to 2004), indicated in his autobiography Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing, that fans of the series can tell if he was drinking alcohol or using drugs by “calculating” his weight and paying attention to his facial hair throughout the series.
His co-stars Friends —Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer—released a joint statement regarding Perry’s death on Monday (Oct. 30): “We are absolutely devastated by the loss of Matthew.”
“We were more than just co-stars. We are Family. “There is a lot to say, but now let’s take a moment to grieve and process this immense loss.”
If you live in the US and you or someone you know suffers from drug addiction, you can contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration at 1-800-662-HELP.
Translation of Michelle Padilla