An actor Helen McCrory she died at the age of 52. McCrory was best known for her roles in the films The Queen and Special Relationship and the Harry Potter Franchise, and TV series, including Peaky Blinders.
Her husband, a fellow actor Damian Lewis, confirmed her death via Twitter, saying McCrory died “peacefully at home”. Lewis said, “I broke my heart to announce that after the heroic battle with cancer, the beautiful and powerful woman Helen McCrory died … was surrounded by a wave of love from friends and family.”
He added that his wife “died like her. Fearless. God we love her and know how happy we are to have her in our lives. That’s how it ignited. Go now, Mali, into the air, and thank you. “
McCrory was born in London to a Welsh mother and a Scotland-born father, a year in Italy before studying acting at the Drama Center. Her film roles included portraying Cherie Blair in Peter Morgan’s 2006 and 2010 “Queen” films. She also starred in Narcissa Malfoy in the last three films of the Harry Potter franchise, and also appeared in the film Jamesfall Bond Skyfall. On television, she had a leading role as Shelby’s matriarch Polly Gray in a BBC crime drama from the period Peaky Blinders, and has appeared in series including Doctor Who, Inside No 9, His Dark Materials and Penny Dreadful. Peaky Blinders she began filming the sixth series earlier this year and is scheduled to air later in 2021, and McCrory realized she was repeating her role.
In 2020, she appeared in the political drama Hugh Laurie Roadkill on the BBC and ITV’s quiz.
McCrory was also an excellent stage actor, and was nominated for Olivier for the stage role of Rosalind in the 2006 film As You Like It at London’s Wyndham Theater.
In 2020, McCrory and Lewis spearheaded fundraising efforts to provide hot meals for NHS staff during the Covid-19 pandemic. Their work has led to almost a million pounds in donations Feed NHS schemeand partnerships with chains including Leon and Wasabi.
Paying tribute to McCrory online, Inside No 9 co-author and star Reece Shearsmith described her as “always flawless and brilliant. An incomprehensible loss. ” Matt Lucas, who wrote and performed Baked Potato Song as part of the NHS Feed initiative, said McCrory “will be remembered not only for his outstanding stage and stage performances, but also for his selflessness and generosity.
“She and Damian were the initiators of the NHS Feed, working tirelessly during the pandemic to raise millions for others. What a terrible loss. “
Michael Sheen, who played Chris Tarrant in Quiz, ITV’s coughing scandal on Who Wants To Be Millionaire ?, in which McCrory played Charles and Barisana Diane Ingram, said the actor was “so funny, so passionate, so smart and one of the greatest actors of our time.From the first moment I met her when we were just kids, it was obvious that she was very special.
“I was honored to work with her and know her.”
JK Rowling also tweeted her recognition to the actor. “I am disarmed when I find out about my death Helen McCrory, an extraordinary actress and a wonderful woman who left us too soon, ”the author said. “My deepest condolences to her family, especially to her husband and children. Simply shocking news. “
Jim Howick, an actor who worked with McCrory and Lewis on the 2015 comedy film Bill, paid tribute to McCrory by tweeting, “This is so shocking and sad. Helen, along with Damien, had a great time at Bill’s.
“She was so generous with her time and her performances. I invite everyone to listen to her [Desert Island Discs]. What a talent we have lost. ”
McCrory is survived by Lewis, whom she married in 2007, and their two children Manon and Gulliver.