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Helen McCrory 2021 Peaky Blinders star dies. aged 52

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Helen McCrory Helen McCrory star aged 52 dies, Blinders Peaky

Fri, 16 Apr 2021 17:00:00 +0100

The award-winning actress, known for playing Aunt Polly in Peaky Blinders, had been diagnosed with cancer

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The award-winning actress had been diagnosed with cancer.

Helen McCrory OBE, star of stage and screen, has died.

Her husband Damian Lewis – to whom McCrory had been married since 2007 – confirmed the sad news in a statement today (16th April).

Peaky Blinders star McCrory, who was aged 52, had been diagnosed with cancer, with Lewis saying she had fought “an heroic battle” and had “died peacefully at home, surrounded by a wave of love from friends and family.”

Lewis wrote: “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.”

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Born in London, England on 17th August, 1968, McCrory was educated at Queenswood School near Hatfield, Hertfordshire.

Following a year spent living in Italy, she returned to Britain where she began studying acting at the Drama Centre in London.

Following early acclaim for roles on the stage, she made her screen debut in the 1993 television series Full Stretch, followed by a supporting role in the film Interview with the Vampire the following year.

Her most notable screen credits included portraying Cherie Blair in both The Queen (2006) and BBC Two/HBO TV movie The Special Relationship (2010) and playing Françoise in the film Charlotte Gray (2001), Rosanna Calvierri in Doctor Who episode ‘The Vampires of Venice’ (2010), Narcissa Malfoy in the final three Harry Potter films, Mama Jeanne in Martin Scorsese’s Hugo (2011), Clair Dowar in the James Bond film Skyfall (2012), Emma Banville in ITV’s Fearless (2017) and Kathryn Villiers in BBC Two’s MotherFatherSon (2019).

Her most recent credits were as Sonia Woodley QC in ITV’s acclaimed mini-series Quiz and as Prime Minister Dawn Ellison in BBC One drama Roadkill, both aired in 2020.

Perhaps her best known role though was in BBC drama Peaky Blinders, in which she played the formidable Polly Gray across five series from 2013 to 2019.

A sixth and final series of Peaky Blinders is currently filming – it’s as yet unclear whether McCrory was able to take part.

RadioTimes.com has reached out to the BBC for comment.

In 2017, McCrory was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to drama.

She married fellow actor Damian Lewis in 2007.

The pair have two children, daughter Manon (born 2006) and son Gulliver (born 2007).

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Fri, 16 Apr 2021 17:00:00 +0100

Damian Lewis said his wife Helen McCrory "died as she lived – fearlessly" as he paid tribute to a "beautiful and mighty woman"

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Damian Lewis said his wife Helen McCrory “died as she lived – fearlessly” as he paid tribute to a “beautiful and mighty woman”.

Actress Helen McCrory, best known for starring in Peaky Blinders and the Harry Potter films, has died after a “heroic battle with cancer”, her husband Damian Lewis has said.

The actress, who also appeared in the James Bond film Skyfall and was seen on screen in the TV series Quiz and Roadkill last year, was 52.

“I’m heartbroken to announce that 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 friends and family,” Lewis posted in a statement on Twitter.

“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.”

McCrory was a versatile actress with a career on stage and screen spanning almost 30 years.

But it was Peaky Blinders‘ crime family matriarch Polly she was best known for playing, appearing in the show from 2013 to 2019.

The actress also portrayed Cherie Blair, wife of former prime minister Tony Blair, in both The Queen and The Special Relationship.

The eldest of three children, she was born in Paddington, west London, to a Welsh mother and Scottish-born father.

She attended school in Hertfordshire, then spent a year living in Italy before returning to London to study acting at the Drama Centre.

McCrory and fellow actor Lewis, star of dramas including Homeland and Billions, married in 2007 and the couple had two children – daughter Manon, born in 2006, and son Gulliver, born in 2007.

She was made an OBE in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to drama.

Stars have been paying tribute on social media, with actor Jim Howick, who worked with both McCrory and Lewis on the 2015 comedy film Bill, saying they were both “terrific fun” and adding: “What a talent we have lost.”

The Wizarding World Twitter account, home to the Harry Potter franchise, described the star as “a wonderful actor and a very dear friend” and added: “Harry Potter fans will miss her very much.”

We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of our beloved Helen McCrory, who played Narcissa Malfoy with such depth and brilliance in the Harry Potter film series.

She was a wonderful actor and a very dear friend; Harry Potter fans will miss her very much.

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Had the good fortune to meet and interview Helen McCrory a few times.
A mighty talent, with always a hint of mischief.

Really lovely company.

Very sad news.

Actor and director Noel Clarke posted: “RIP #HelenMcCrory you were the best and always lovely to me.

It was a pleasure to work with you.

Love ya.

Blessings to Damian and the family.”

Former EastEnders and Coronation Street actress Michelle Collins said she had briefly worked with McCrory and described her as “a tour de force, clever, charming and fierce and a brilliant actor”.

Kevin McKidd, who starred opposite McCrory in the 2000 TV miniseries Anna Karenina, tweeted: “I am utterly heartbroken to hear this..

Damian I’m sending you and the family all my love and warmth at this time.”

Actor Michael Sheen, who worked with the star on ITV drama Quiz – which told the story of the infamous Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? cheating scandal – described her as: “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 she was very special.

It was an honour to work with her and know her.

Much love to Damian and her family.

Heartbreaking.”

Comedian Matt Lucas, who worked with the star on the FeedNHS campaign to supply food for NHS staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, said she would be remembered “not just for her remarkable stage and screen performances, but also for her selflessness and generosity”.

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– April 16, 2021
Helen McCrory 2021 Peaky Blinders star dies. aged 52
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