Helen McCrory Spent Her Final Year Helping Others As Pandemic Shut Down ‘Peaky Blinders’: Actress’ Final Deadline Interview


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Helen McCrory, the "beautiful and mighty" British actress known for playing steely female characters on stage and screen, has died of cancer at the age of 52, her husband, Damian Lewis, said on Friday. ... "She died as she lived. Fearlessly. God we loved her and know how lucky we are to have had her in our lives. Reuters'Mighty' actress Helen McCrory has died, husband Damian Lewis says

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British actor Helen McCrory, who starred in the television show “Peaky Blinders” and the “Harry Potter” movies, has died, her husband said Friday. She was 52 and had been suffering from cancer. Her husband, fellow actor Damian Lewis, said McCrory died “peacefully at home” after a "heroic battle with cancer.” U.S. News & World Report'Peaky Blinders' Actor Helen McCrory Dies of Cancer at 52

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The actress Helen McCrory died of cancer, her husband, the actor Damian Lewis, said on Friday. She was 52 years old. McCrory played Narcissa Malfoy in the "Harry Potter" film series and Polly Gray in "Peaky Blinders." INSIDER'Harry Potter' actress Helen McCrory has died at 52

He said he was "heartbroken", and that she was a "beautiful and mighty woman".

He wrote: "She blazed so brightly. Go now, Little One, into the air, and thank you."

Harry Potter author JK Rowling led the tributes, writing that it was "simply heartbreaking news".

McCrory was also known for her long and acclaimed career on stage, and the National Theatre's artistic director Rufus Norris said she was "unquestionably one of the great actors of her generation".

Cillian Murphy, who played Tommy Shelby in the show, added he was "broken-hearted to lose such a dear friend", describing her as "a beautiful, caring, funny, compassionate human being".

"She was also a gifted actor - fearless and magnificent. She elevated and made humane every scene, every character she played," he said, adding it was "a privilege to have worked with this brilliant woman... I will dearly miss my pal".

BBC director of drama Piers Wenger added: "Helen was one of the finest actresses this country will ever see."

Homeland star Lewis said she had died "after an heroic battle with cancer".

"The beautiful and mighty woman that is Helen McCrory has died peacefully at home, surrounded by a wave of love from family and friends," he said.

"She died as she lived. Fearlessly. God we love her and we know how lucky we are to have had her in our lives."

McCrory married Homeland star Lewis in 2007 and they had two children. Last year, the couple raised more than £1m to provide NHS workers with meals from high street restaurants during the pressures of the coronavirus pandemic.

Comedian Matt Lucas, who worked with them on the FeedNHS campaign, tweeted that she "will be remembered not just for her remarkable stage and screen performances, but also for her selflessness and generosity".

In April 2020, McCrory and Lewis appeared on the BBC's Newscast and she explained why they set up FeedNHS.

"We've got lots of friends in the NHS and when this outbreak happened, they said one of the big problems they had was all the cafes and restaurants around the hospitals were closing. And the hours they were doing were longer and longer, and they weren't able to get food.

"We decided we wanted to try and get food to these people working such long hours and weren't able to."

The couple also appeared just weeks ago on Good Morning Britain, to talk about charity work for the Prince's Trust.

Wow. Helen McCrory on TV discussing her important charity work for the Prince’s Trust just six weeks before her death from cancer - and very few people had any idea what she was clearly going through. An incredible person. pic.twitter.com/5yhc6jbzol

In her tribute, Rowling wrote: "I'm devastated to learn of the death of Helen McCrory, an extraordinary actress and a wonderful woman who's left us far too soon.

"My deepest condolences to her family, especially her husband and children."

McCrory played Narcissa Malfoy, the wife of Lucius Malfoy and Draco's mother, in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and Part 2.

The actress was perhaps best known for playing Aunt Polly, the matriarch of the Shelby clan, in all five series of hit BBC period gang drama Peaky Blinders from its start in 2013.

"She really is the brains with Tommy behind the family, and you see the difference of how to rule," she said when speaking about 2014's second series.

In his tribute, the BBC's Piers Wenger said: "Helen's fearlessness made every part she played unique and unmissable.

"Her body of work speaks of her extraordinary talent, what it doesn't speak of is her kindness, intelligence and sense of fun. This is too soon, too cruel."

Her other screen roles included the MP Clair Dowar in 2012 James Bond movie Skyfall, and former Prime Minister Tony Blair's wife Cherie in the films The Queen and The Special Relationship.

She provided the voice of Stelmaria, Lord Asriel's snow leopard daemon, in the recent BBC One TV series His Dark Materials, and the show's Twitter account called her "uniquely talented".

Bafta, the British film and TV academy, wrote: "We're sad to hear of the death of actor Helen McCrory. As well as fearless Polly Gray in Bafta-winning Peaky Blinders, she was in 2007 Best Film Bafta winner The Queen, amongst many other films and TV shows."

BBC One series Doctor Who also paid tribute to the actress, who appeared in 2010 episode The Vampires of Venice.

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As well as her film and TV credits, she played seven lead roles at the National Theatre, whose boss Rufus Norris said: "With her incisive wit and ferocious intelligence, she was one of the most charismatic and distinctive performers.

"She was also a deeply beloved member of this theatre's broader community."

She also worked at the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Almeida and the Donmar Warehouse, and earned rave reviews for her role in Uncle Vanya in London and New York in 2002 and 2003.

McCrory was nominated for two of London's Olivier Awards for playing Rosalind in As You Like It in 2006, and for The Last of the Haussmans in 2013.

Film and theatre director Sir Sam Mendes, who directed Skyfall, remembered her as "an astonishing talent, a fabulous person, and an absolute true original".

He said: "The film and theatre world has lost a one of a kind actress, and her family and friends have been robbed of an extraordinary, indomitable spirit. The world will be an infinitely poorer place without Helen in it."

McCrory also formed the theatrical production company The Public with fellow actor and Staged star Michael Sheen. On Friday, he said she was "so funny, so passionate, so smart and one of the greatest actors of our time".

He wrote: "From the first moment I met her when we were just kids it was obvious she was very special. It was an honour to work with her and know her. Much love to Damian and her family. Heartbreaking."

A diplomat's daughter, her family moved to Cameroon and Tanzania as a toddler, the latter of which she later described as "my most formative country".

"I loved Africa and it stays with you," she told BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs last year.

She said she caught the performance bug while performing in the school choir.

"That night I will never forget walking in and standing on that stage, having been not that interested up till then… Suddenly the orchestra started up and I sang so loudly, and the whole body vibrated," she recalled.

"It was the most extraordinary thing I'd ever been part of. It was a piece of music I would never ever be capable of writing, and I realised from a very young age I would never be original. I would never be a great artist.

"But what I could do is I could be part of another great artist's work. I could be an interpreter. That felt so good, not being me."

She spoke on Newscast about the coronavirus pandemic, saying it had been "so overwhelming".

"It seems fantastical, you think you're absolutely fine, you're pottering along, you're coping with it, cleaning, cooking, cleaning, cooking and you suddenly burst into tears, and it's the fear and it's the vulnerability coming out. And then you pick yourself up and you go along again, as if nothing happened, and it's surreal."

She added that during lockdown they had done "quite a lot of painting and music", and joked: "If you're still for too long, I will bleach you."

In 2003, she met Lewis when they both starred in a play called Five Gold Rings at the Almeida Theatre London.

"He makes me laugh, and that was quite apparent quite early on," she said. "He just never lets me get away with anything, and that would make me laugh even more. So I think we hit it off pretty quickly.

"We had a bumpy courtship… We are completely different as people, but we're very similar in our values and very rarely disagree about fundamental things."

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Peaky Blinders star Helen McCrory dies of cancer

Sky News 16 April, 2021 - 07:12pm

Helen McCrory's beautiful marriage with husband Damian Lewis and their two kids

Irish Mirror 16 April, 2021 - 07:12pm

Helen McCrory has sadly passed away at the age of 52 following a battle with cancer.

The much-loved actress enjoyed an incredibly successful career having bagged highly sought-after roles in Harry Potter, James Bond, and most recently, hit Netflix series, Peaky Blinders.

While she’s recognised as one the most talented stars to grace the film industry, Helen enjoyed a quiet family life behind closed doors.

The Aunt Polly actress tied the knot with husband Damian Lewis in 2007, and the pair welcomed two children together – Manon, 14, and Gulliver, 13.

Taking to Twitter on Friday, Band of Brothers star Damian took announced the unexpected death of his beloved wife.

In a heartbreaking statement, the 50-year-old actor confirmed that Helen has lost her battle with cancer.

"I'm heartbroken to announce that after a heroic battle with cancer, the beautiful and mighty woman that is Helen McCrory has died peacefully at home, surrounded by a wave of love from friends and family."

He added: "She died as she lived. Fearlessly. God, we love her and know how lucky we are to have had her in our lives. She blazed so brightly.

“Go now, Little One, into the air, and thank you."

Damian first met Helen when the pair performed together in Five Gold Rings at London's Almeida Theatre.

After she grew close to Damian, Helen told Radio Times what first attracted her to the actor.

"He just made me laugh a lot. And still does,” she revealed during a 2015 interview.

“Everyone in life wants someone to love and be loved by, but I think I was always just engrossed and involved in work. And no, the timing was pure fluke, pure chance, it always is.”

Following their whirlwind romance, Helen and Damian tied the knot in July 2007 in a stunning registry office ceremony, surrounded by their closest friends and family.

Lifting the lid on their special day, Helen previously told: “I had a lovely honeymoon. It lasted an evening. It was very short but very lovely.

"We got married in the Kensington and Chelsea registry office, then walked down the King's Road and had lunch in a nice restaurant around the corner with 11 people. It was a very romantic day."

Helen previously revealed that she felt as though her and Damian were ‘made for one another’.

While the pair enjoyed a blissful marriage, they also understood one another’s work commitments and the scarifies each would have to make in order to progress in their respective careers.

During a 2017 interview, Helen opened up about how supportive her beloved husband had been when encouraging her take an incredible role in Fearless.

“He is so supportive. Much more so than I am. He was the one that persuaded me to do Fearless,” the actress gushed at the time.

"He told me, 'You have to do Fearless. You have to'. I pointed out that he was going to be in America filming Billions and in 10 years I've always had the children when he goes away filming. But he replied, 'Well, I'll do it. Of course, I can'."

Both Helen and Damian had made a pact during their marriage that neither of them would accept work at the same time.

This was to ensure that one parent would always be there to care for their two children while the other would be away on location filming.

Helen’s last public appearance was on March 12's episode of Good Morning Britain, where she and Homeland star Damian spoke about their charity work.

Together, the couple raised more than £1million for Feed NHS at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Helen’s film and TV career spans over two decades, but she is most well known for her matriarch role in Peaky Blinders alongside Cillian Murphy and Tom Hardy.

The actress was awarded an OBE in the 2017 honours list for services to drama.

James Bond and Harry Potter star Helen McCrory dead at 52

New York Post 16 April, 2021 - 07:12pm

By Lauren Steussy and Eric Hegedus

April 16, 2021 | 12:18pm | Updated April 16, 2021 | 3:33pm

Helen McCrory, actress in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” and the James Bond film “Skyfall” as well as shows including “Peaky Blinders,” has died at 52.

Her husband, fellow actor Damian Lewis, confirmed that she passed away peacefully after a battle with cancer.

“I’m heartbroken to announce that after a heroic battle with cancer, the beautiful and mighty woman that is Helen McCrory has died peacefully at home, surrounded by a wave of love from friends and family,” Lewis, 50, tweeted.

“She died as she lived,” Lewis continued. “Fearlessly. God we loved her and know how lucky we are to have had her in our lives. She blazed so brightly. Go now, Little One, into the air, and thank you.”

Lewis shares two young children with McCrory, daughter Manon, 14, and son Gulliver, 13. The couple married in 2007 after meeting on the production of “Five Gold Rings” at London’s Almeida Theatre in 2003, according to the Sun.

“I am broken-hearted to lose such a dear friend,” her “Peak Blinders” co-star Cillian Murphy said in a statement to The Post. “Helen was a beautiful, caring, funny, compassionate human being. She was also a gifted actor — fearless and magnificent. She elevated and made humane every scene, every character she played. It was a privilege to have worked with this brilliant woman, to have shared so many laughs over the years. I will dearly miss my pal. My love and thoughts are with Damian and her family.”

In addition to her roles as MP Clair Dowar in “Skyfall” and Polly Gray in “Peaky Blinders,” McCrory was cast as Bellatrix Lestrange in “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” — but the role was filled by Helena Bonham Carter after McCrory became pregnant. But McCrory later returned to the franchise to play Narcissa Malfoy, the mother of Draco Malfoy, in “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.”

McCrory, who was born in Paddington in 1968, committed her life to acting. She studied her craft at the Drama Centre in London and appeared in stage productions until her film career took off with “Interview With the Vampire” in 1994, and “The Queen” in 2006.

As recently as three weeks ago, McCrory was confirmed to be returning to “Peaky Blinders” for the show’s sixth and final season.

McCrory and Lewis met in 2003 while working on a production of the play “Five Gold Rings” in London. “Oh, there was something in the air that was just extraordinary,” recalled director Michael Attenborough of their chemistry in a 2013 interview with Vogue UK. “I witnessed two people falling for each other hook, line and sinker, which, of course, worked brilliantly in the play.”

The close-knit couple — at the time starring in Showtime’s “Homeland” — were guests at a 2012 White House dinner in honor of then-British Prime Minister David Cameron.

They found themselves seated with President Barack Obama at the event. “And it turned out we were sitting directly opposite the president at his table. We were sort of like guests of honor. The whole thing was very surreal and remarkable,” Lewis said at the time.

“He just made me laugh a lot. And still does,” McCrory told Woman’s Weekly last year of Lewis. “Of course, everyone in life wants someone to love and be loved by, but I think until [I met him] I was always just engrossed in work.”

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