Helen McCrory: Peaky Blinders star dies of cancer at 52

Helen played Aunt Polly, the matriarch of the Shelby clan, in BBC period gang drama Peaky Blinders.

Helen McCrory dies at 52- (Photo: @BZephaniah/Twitter)

New Delhi: Actor Helen McCrory, popular for her roles in Peaky Blinders and Harry Potter films as Narcissa Malfoy, has died of cancer at the age of 52, according to her husband, Damian Lewis on April 16.

Taking to his Twitter handle, Damian shared the heartbreaking news with fans. Penning a note, he wrote, “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 family and friends”.

“She died as she lived. Fearlessly. God, we love her and we 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 who played Aunt Polly, the matriarch of the Shelby clan, in BBC period gang drama Peaky Blinders, also played the role of Draco Malfoy’s mother Narcissa Malfoy in 3 Harry Potter films.

Her other roles included playing former Prime Minister Tony Blair’s wife Cherie in the films The Queen and The Special Relationship, and she provided the voice of Stelmaria, Lord Asriel’s snow leopard daemon, in the recent BBC One TV series His Dark Materials.

Helen was nominated for 2 of London’s Olivier Awards for playing Rosalind in As You Like It in 2006, and for The Last of the Haussmans in 2013. Shw married Homeland actor Damian in 2007. They have 2 children together Manon McCrory-Lewis and Gulliver Lewis.

BAFTA, the British film and TV academy wrote, “We’re sad to hear of the death of actor Helen McCrory. As well as fearless Polly Gray in BAFTA-winning Peaky Blinders, she was in 2007 Best Film BAFTA winner The Queen, amongst many other films and TV shows”.
While Harry Potter author JK Rowling tweeted, ”’I’m devastated to learn of the death of Helen McCrory, an extraordinary actress and a wonderful woman who’s left us far too soon. My deepest condolences to her family, especially her husband and children. Simply heartbreaking news”.