McCrory was best known for her role as Narcissa Malfoy in the Harry Potter films and for her work in the show Peaky Blinders.
Helen McCrory, best known for her role as Narcissa Malfoy in the Harry Potter films and for her work in the show Peaky Blinders, died of cancer on Friday, according to her family. She was 52 years old at the time.
Her death was confirmed by her husband, actor Damian Lewis, in a statement on Twitter.
Lewis, who has appeared in shows such as Homeland and Billions, said his wife died at home, surrounded by “a wave of love from friends and family.”
He wrote, “She died as she lived.” “Without fear.”
From the start of Peaky Blinders in 2013, McCrory portrayed Polly Gray, the matriarch of a gangster family in Birmingham in the 1920s. In 2016, she told the Independent newspaper that the position, like all of her favourites, appealed to her because of its complexity. “What I want to know is how she feels and what she thinks,” she said.
Cillian Murphy, her costar, said in a statement to BuzzFeed News that he was heartbroken over the loss of his mate, whom he described as a gifted actor. “Every scene, every character she played was elevated and rendered humane,” Murphy said. “It was an honour to work with this brilliant woman and share so many laughs with her over the years.”
In the horror series Penny Dreadful, he played Madame Kali, a powerful witch.
McCrory was the first option for the role of murderous Death Eater Bellatrix Lestrange in the Harry Potter films, but she had to drop out due to her pregnancy. She later joked, “Insurance wouldn’t protect pregnant witches!” Helena Bonham Carter was then cast in the part. In 2007, she was cast as Narcissa, Bellatrix’s sister and Draco Malfoy’s mother in the Harry Potter film series.
“Playing the bad guy is typically more fun because it’s usually better written,” she told the Associated Press in 2011. “Good is seen as a very, very boring thing in a lot of drama today.”
McCrory has appeared in two films as Cherie Blair, the wife of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair: The Queen (2006) and The Special Relationship (2007). (2010). Her role in the first film was lauded by New York magazine as “deliciously impudent”: “You love Elizabeth for registering the affront while keeping her smile firmly in place,” the reviewer wrote, “and you love Cherie for making an ironic display of backing out of the queen’s drawing room (one must never turn one’s back on Her Majesty).”
In 2017, she was awarded an Order of the British Empire for services to drama by the actual Queen Elizabeth II.
McCrory began her acting career on stage, performing in scores of plays by authors ranging from Chekhov to Shakespeare. Critics praised her role as Lady Macbeth in 1995. A review in the New York Times said, “The effortlessly normal Helen McCrory’s performance is from another realm.”
In Martin Scorcese’s 2011 film Hugo, she played Jehanne D’Alcy, a silent film actress and wife of French cinema pioneer Georges Méliès.
Lewis and she married in 2007. They had two children together.
The marriage of McCrory and Lewis took place in 2007. The year in a previous version of this storey was incorrect.