Actress Helen McCrory dies at 52

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A lengthy acting career followed, which saw her play a multitude of roles on the small and big screen, as well as on stage.McCrory and Lewis, who starred in the US TV series Homeland, married in 2007. Joel C Ryan/AP

McCrory was best known as a star of hit BBC crime drama “Peaky Blinders” and for the role of Narcissa Malfoy in the “Harry Potter” films, as the mother of the boy wizard’s school-aged rival. She blazed so brightly,” the actor added, explaining she had died “after an heroic battle with cancer.”

Actors Helen McCrory, left, and husband Damian Lewis appear at the premiere of “Once Upon A Time in Hollywood,” in London on July 30, 2019. She played Cherie Blair, the wife of former British prime minister Tony Blair, twice in both the “The Queen” (2006) and “The Special Relationship” (2010), and played fictional British interior minister Clair Dowar in the the James Bond film “Skyfall” (2012).Born in Paddington in west London in 1968 to a Welsh mother and Scottish-born father, McCrory was the eldest of three children.She attended school in southeast England and spent a year living in Italy before studying acting at London’s Drama Centre. McCrory “died peacefully at home surrounded by a wave of love from friends and family”, Lewis wrote on Twitter, calling his late wife “beautiful and mighty.”

“We love her and know how lucky we are to have had her in our lives. The pair met performing in the Shakespeare play “Much Ado About Nothing” as comedic protagonists Beatrice and Benedick.In 2011, she told the Independent newspaper she had eschewed celebrity but was honoured to have played such interesting roles.An actor’s job, she said, was to “reassure the audience that life, as muddled and as wonderful as it is, is worth living”. Actress Helen McCrory, star of “Peaky Blinders” and “Harry Potter” films, dies at 52

April 16, 2021 / 1:25 PM
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British film, television and stage actress Helen McCrory has died aged 52 from cancer, her husband and fellow actor Damian Lewis said on Friday. McCrory has died at the age of 52, Lewis said Friday, April 16, 2021. Notable Deaths in 2021

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First published on April 16, 2021 / 1:25 PM