Helen McCrory Dies ‘Peaky Blinders’ & ‘Harry Potter’ Actress Was 52
Helen McCrory, the award-winning Peaky Blinders actress who also appeared in His Dark Materials and the Harry Potter and James Bond film franchises, died today in London. She was 52. McCrory’s husband, the Billions actor Damian Lewis, announced her death on Twitter. He said she died peacefully at home after a “heroic battle” with cancer. Showbiz & Media Figures We’ve Lost In 2021 – Photo Gallery“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, ” added Lewis. Below is his statement in full:McCrory was a hugely accomplished and in-demand performer, with stellar credits across stage and screen. She is perhaps best known for playing Aunt Polly in BBC drama Peaky Blinders, keeping an unruly brood of Brummy gangsters in check with her sharp intellect and worldly experience. The British actress most recently appeared in BBC/HBO series His Dark Materials, in which she voiced Lord Asriel’s (James McAvoy) dæmon Stelmaria, and political drama Roadkill alongside Hugh Laurie. She played Prime Minister Dawn Ellison in the latter, which was made for the BBC and PBS. She featured as formidable QC Sonia Woodley in ITV/AMC limited series Quiz last year, while her talents also took her to other notable TV series, including MotherFatherSon, Fearless, and Penny Dreadful. Over in film, she appeared as Narcissa Malfoy in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and both parts of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, as well as featuring in the James Bond pic Skyfall, Hugo and The Queen, in which she played Tony Blair’s wife Cherie Blair. McCrory won a BAFTA Cymru Award for 1995’s Streetlife, as well as a Broadcasting Press Guild prize in 2001 for North Square. Her work in Penny Dreadful earned her a Critics Choice Television Awards nomination. She also had a prolific career on the stage, earning a 2003 Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play her role in Uncle Vanya. Other credits include Lady Macbeth in as 1995 production of Macbeth at Shakespeare’s Globe in London, the Bard’s As You Like It (receiving an Olivier Award nomination) and Twelfth Night. She gave acclaimed performances in 2010’s The Late Middle Classes at Donmar Warehouse, The Last Haussmans at the National Theatre, and Medea at the Olivier Theatre, among numerous others. McCrory was born on August 17, 1968, in London, where she studied acting at the Drama Centre. She started acting in 1990 on stage, where she had a distinguished, award-winning career, earning plaudits for roles in plays including The Deep Blue Sea and Medea. McCrory married Lewis in 2007, and they had a daughter together. They met in 2003, and McCrory reflected on their relationship on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs last year. “We hit it off pretty quickly, and we had a bumpy courtship — I think we’ll leave it at that.
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