Miriam Margolyes reveals she's bought her coffin as she opens up on dying fears

‘It’s a very deep human loathing of death,’ she explained. ‘I think we all have it and you can tell from literature and poetry that as long as people have reflected on life, they have feared death. It’s part of being alive, being scared of not being alive.’

Miriam is fronting a new documentary looking at how we talk about death, which she described as ‘personal therapy’ for helping her overcome her fears about death.

In the two-part series she meets a 19-year-old who is battling cancer, and a group of people in the US who refuse to believe they will one day die.

‘I’d love to meet someone who has never died!’ Miriam joked.

‘I met incredible people and also quite wacky people. They had ideas that I found hard to go along with, and that’s helped me make up my mind about what I think about it.’

And she insists that none of the approaches she encountered stuck with her after the making the films, and will stick firmly to her own method of simply living well.

‘I think keeping yourself fit and funny is the best way,’ Miriam said.

Miriam’s Dead Good Adventure airs 21 April at 9pm on BBC Two.

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