Helen McCrory Biography – Helen McCrory Wiki
Helen McCrory (born Helen Elizabeth McCrory) was an English actress. She was best known for starring in Peaky Blinders and the Harry Potter films. She was a versatile actress with a career on stage and screen spanning almost 30 years.
She attended Queenswood School near Hatfield, Hertfordshire, then spent a year living in Italy, before returning to London to study acting at the Drama Centre.
McCrory played Aunt Polly, the matriarch of the Shelby clan, in all five series of the hit BBC period gang drama “Peaky Blinders” from its start in 2013 to 2019. She also starred as Clair Dowar in the 2012 James Bond film “Skyfall” and played the former wife of Tony Blair, Cherie, in the film “The Queen”.
Among her many film credits was Interview with a Vampire (1994), The Count of Monte Cristo (2002), and Cherie Blair in The Queen (2006). In 2014 she starred in Alan Rickman’s film A Little Chaos, opposite Kate Winslet.
She recently appeared in a string of TV shows in 2020, including Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? drama Quiz, political thriller Roadkill, and was the voice of Stelmaria in His Dark Materials.
She won a string of acting awards for her work on the stage and on television. She was nominated for a Laurence Olivier theatre award in 2006 for her West End performance as Rosalind in a production of As You Like It, and for a London Evening Standard award for her role as Elena in Checkov’s Uncle Vanya at the Donmar Warehouse.
Helen was awarded an OBE in the 2017 honours list for services to drama. She served as an honorary patron of the London children’s charity Scene & Heard. At the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, she and Lewis raised more than £1million for Feed NHS.
Helen McCrory Age
She was born on 17 August 1968, in Paddington, London, England as Helen Elizabeth McCrory to a Welsh mother and Scottish-born father. She died on 16 April 2021. She was 52.
Damian Lewis Wife – Damian Lewis Helen McCrory
Helen McCrory married actor Damian Lewis on 4 July 2007. McCrory met her husband Damian Lewis at the Almeida in 2003 while they were performing together in Joanna Laurens’ play Five Gold Rings. Lewis is known for his role as Nicholas Brody in television drama “Homeland” and as Bobby Axelrod in “Billions”. The couple had a daughter Manon, born in 2006, and son Gulliver, born in 2007.
Helen McCrory Children
Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory had two children: a daughter, Manon, born 8 September 2006, and a son, Gulliver, born 2 November 2007.
Helen McCrory Family
Helen McCrory is the daughter of Ann (née Morgans) and Iain McCrory. Her mother is Welsh and her father is a diplomat from Glasgow. Her parents married in 1974. She was the eldest of three children.
Helen McCrory Death
Helen McCrory passed away on 16 April 2021, at the age of 52 after a “heroic battle with cancer”, her husband Damian Lewis confirmed. “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 said 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.”
It’s a Sin star Callum Scott Howells wrote, “I’m absolutely gutted by the passing of Helen McCrory. Truly, one of the greats to have ever blessed our stages and our screens. Her talent and work was legendary and sublime. Sending love to all who knew her and was lucky enough to work with her. A true legend.”
“Heartbroken at the news that Helen McCrory has died. She was so so brilliant when she came to work on Bill,” actor and writer Ben Willbond wrote on Twitter. “Funny, generous, some wicked stories. I was in awe. My heart goes out to Damian and their family. Rest in peace.”
The Almeida Theatre – the Islington venue where she performed several times, tweeted: “We’re so sad to hear of the death of Helen McCrory. She will be greatly missed and our thoughts go out to her family. We were privileged that Helen performed at the Almeida a number of times in her career, most recently in Ibsen’s Rosmersholm in 2008.”
Helen McCrory Cause of Death
Helen McCrory’s cause of death was cancer.
Helen McCrory Cancer
Helen McCrory’s cancer diagnosis had been kept private from the public. The stage and screen star died from cancer aged 52.
Helen McCrory Arm
What happened to Helen McCrory right arm? On 30 September 2019, she was pictured with her right arm in a sling fashioned from an orange scarf as she left an after party at the Old Vic Theatre in London with her husband Damian Lewis. Despite the apparent injury, she and Lewis looked relaxed as they left the after party following watching – and performing in – One Voice: Cracked.
Helen McCrory Net Worth
Helen McCrory’s net worth is estimated to be $25 million.
Helen McCrory Height
She was 5 feet 4 inches (1.63 m) tall.