Miriam Margolyes has told how she wanted to swear in new chancellor Jeremy Hunt when she met him in a BBC radio studio just a day after he took up his latest government role.
The 81-year-old actress, who is known to be outspoken in interviews, said she had wished Mr Hunt the best of luck, but added that she had wanted to use much stronger words towards him.
Margolyes had been on the BBC Radio 4 Today program in tribute to the late actor Robbie Coltrane, who died on Friday.
At the end of the interview, she told presenters Martha Kearney and Justin Webb that she had said hello to Mr Hunt, who had been interviewed on the Saturday morning show before her.
She said: “When I saw him there I just said ‘you’ve got a great job, good luck’.”
“What I really wanted to say (was) ‘fuck you, bastard,’ but you can’t say that.”
Webb quickly apologized for the language, adding: “Oh, no, no, no, you don’t have to say that. No, you can’t say that!”
Hunt was conducting his first round of media interviews since replacing Kwasi Kwarteng as chancellor on Friday.
He has said he will meet Treasury officials later on Saturday and Prime Minister Liz Truss on Sunday.