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Who is Helen McCrory?: Bio, Wiki, Age, Career, Early life, Family, Death(star of Peaky Blinders and Harry Potter, dies)

Helen McCrory, star of Peaky Blinders and Harry Potter, dies aged 52

Helen McCrory bio, wiki, age, career, family, early life, personal life, death

Britain’s Helen McCrory, who starred in Harry Potter films and the Peaky Blinders television series, has died after a battle with cancer, her husband Damian Lewis said on Twitter on Friday. Her husband, fellow actor Damian Lewis, announced her death on Twitter, saying that McCrory had died “peacefully at home”. Lewis said: “I’m heartbroken to announce that after a heroic battle with cancer, the beautiful and mighty woman that is Helen McCrory has died … surrounded by a wave of love from friends and family.”

He added that his wife had “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”.

Helen McCrory age

She died at the age of 52 years old.

Early life

McCrory was born in Paddington in London. Her mother, Ann (née Morgans), is Welsh and her father, Iain McCrory (born 29 March 1940), is a diplomat from Glasgow; they married in 1974. She was the eldest of three children.

She was educated at Queenswood School near Hatfield, Hertfordshire, and then spent a year living in Italy. Upon her return to Britain, she began studying acting at the Drama Centre in London.

Her film roles included portraying Cherie Blair in Peter Morgan’s The Queen and The Special Relationship in 2006 and 2010 respectively. She also played Narcissa Malfoy in the final three films in the Harry Potter franchise and appeared in the James Bond film Skyfall.

On television, she had a leading role as the Shelbys’ matriarch Polly Gray in the BBC’s period crime drama Peaky Blinders, and appeared in series including Doctor Who, Inside No 9, His Dark Materials, and Penny Dreadful. Peaky Blinders began filming the sixth series this year, expected to air later in 2021, with McCrory understood to have reprised her role.

In 2020, she appeared in the Hugh Laurie political drama Roadkill on the BBC, and ITV’s Quiz. McCrory was also an accomplished stage actor and was nominated for an Olivier for her stage role as Rosalind in As You Like It at Wyndham’s Theatre in London in 2006.

In 2020, McCrory and Lewis led fundraising efforts to provide hot meals for NHS staff during the Covid-19 pandemic. Their work led to almost £1m in donations to the Feed NHS scheme, and partnerships with chains including Leon and Wasabi.

Personal life

On 4 July 2007, McCrory married actor Damian Lewis; the couple had a daughter named Manon and a son named Gulliver. Their main home was in Tufnell Park, North London; and a second near Sudbury in Suffolk.


McCrory died from cancer at her home in London on 16 April 2021, at age 52. Announcing the death on Twitter, Lewis said that she died “peacefully at home, surrounded by a wave of love from friends and family”.

Cillian Murphy, McCrory’s Peaky Blinders’ co-star, said: “I am broken-hearted to lose such a dear friend. 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. I will dearly miss my pal. My love and thoughts are with Damian and her family.”


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