Miriam Margolyes has said her "morale is almost at rock bottom" during the lockdown - and that she's frightened of dying from coronavirus.

The 79-year-old actress told the BBC’s Grounded With Louis Theroux podcast that she is "coping very badly" with the pandemic.

"My morale is almost at rock bottom, I get my pleasures from contact with people, that is what I enjoy and when I'm cut off from people as I have to be at the moment, I don't do very well," she said.

"I read, I watch television a lot, I think a bit, but I wouldn't say that I'm having a very good time."

Margolyes added that her partner is currently in the Netherlands.

The actress said: "It is unprecedented for all of us of course, and I'm disappointed in myself to be so wimpy about things."

She said she would love to be someone who can "handle anything, but actually I can’t".

Margolyes added: "I thought . . . I was more substantial, but I'm not.

"I have to admit that I am an insubstantial thing. I am totally alone and I'm nearly 79 and I'm not good at housework."

She added: "I don't cook, I talk and I read and that's about all I can do.

"My driver, who I correspond with on Facebook and so on, he's made a bird bath.

"Well I can't do that, I'm not a cook. I can microwave beautifully, but I can't cook."

The Harry Potter actress added that she is worried about the risk of catching Covid-19.

She said: "I'm frightened, I'm frightened of dying, less frightened than I used to be but I'm frightened of dying of this illness because it's really unpleasant.

"It's scary, I'm scared. So I'm really not having a good time."

Meanwhile, the UK's communications regulator Ofcom has decided not to launch a formal investigation after Miriam Margolyes sparked more than 490 complaints by saying she wanted UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson "to die" from coronavirus.

The actress told The Last Leg, on Channel 4, that the UK government's handling of the pandemic has been a "disgrace" and a "public scandal".

A spokeswoman for the TV watchdog said: "These provocative comments had clear potential to offend viewers.

"But we also considered the audience's likely expectations of Miriam Margolyes, a comic actor known for her forthright views, and of this live, late-night satirical comedy show.

"We also took into account that Ms Margoyles immediately qualified her comments, and viewers were warned in advance about the programme's adult humour."