Helen McCrory, Peaky Blinders and Harry Potter Star, Passes Away Aged 52

Published April 16th, 2021 - 04:18 GMT
Harry Potter star aHelen McCrory passes away aged 52
Helen McCrory on the red carpet, 2015. Picture: JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images
The actress, who played Polly Gray in Peaky Blinders and Narcissa Malfoy in the Potter franchise, died at home while surrounded by 'peace and love'

Peaky Blinders and Harry Potter star Helen McCrory has passed away at 52 after 'heroic battle' with cancer, her husband Damian Lewis confirmed this afternoon.

The actress, who played Polly Gray in Peaky Blinders and Narcissa Malfoy in the Potter franchise, died at home while surrounded by 'peace and love'.

In his statement on Twitter, Damian penned: '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.

'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.' 

The family had not publicly announced the news of her illness. 

The couple were last seen during an appearance on Good Morning Britain last month, where they appeared to speak about their charity work for the Prince’s Trust and the Prince’s Trust Awards.

Helen had been married to fellow actor Damian since 2007 and shared two children with him - daughter Manon, 14, and 13-year-old son Gulliver.

The couple fell in love when they were both cast in the play Five Gold Rings at the off-West End Almeida Theatre back in 2003. 

Her passing comes after she joined Damian on the BBC Coronavirus Newscast podcast to discuss the difficulties she's been feeling in the pandemic. 

She said: 'We're all doing our bit and not going out. But you feel responsible, you know you're watching the news, we're all reading it, we're all finding out what's happening over the world, and it's so overwhelming...

'It sort of seems, as Damian says, it's fantastical. You think you're absolutely fine, you're pottering along, you're coping with it. Cleaning, cooking, cleaning, cooking, cleaning, cooking. And you suddenly burst into tears.

'And it's this fear, and it's the vulnerability coming out, and then you pick yourself up and you go along again as if nothing happened. And it's very surreal.'

The couple are known for their philanthropic efforts and have dedicated much of their time to charity work. 

In September 2019, theu on hand to help honour finance workers killed in September 11 attacks, as they took calls on behalf of their chosen charity Cure EB.

Last year, they held a fundraiser in which they hoped to raise £1 million to give hot meals to busy NHS staff who are working tirelessly during the coronavirus crisis.

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