Helen McCrory

Helen McCrory, Peaky Blinders actress, dies aged 52

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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.

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Helen McCrory dead at 52 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.

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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.

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Helen McCrory and Damian Lewis/Source nypost.com

McCrory, who was born in Paddington in 1968, committed her life to acting. She studied acting 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.

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McCrory played Aunt Polly, the matriarch of the Shelby clan, in all five series of the hit BBC period gang drama from its start in 2013.

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Helen McCrory starred in all five series of Peaky Blinders/Source bbc.com

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.

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She also 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.

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With Jason Isaacs as Lucius Malfoy (left) and Tom Felton as Draco Malfoy in
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows/Source bbc.com

She married Homeland star Lewis in 2007 and they have two children.

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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“.

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