English actress, Helen McCrory, known for her roles in Peaky Blinders and three Harry Potter films, has died of cancer at the age of 52.
McCrory played the Shelby family matriarch Polly Gray on “Peaky Blinders” and the scheming Voldemort ally Narcissa Malfoy in the “Harry Potter” movies.
McCrory was one of Britain’s most respected actors, making her mark by playing a succession of formidable and sometimes fearsome women. Her first movie role came in the 1992 film “Interview with a Vampire.”
Her husband, actor Damian Lewis, said McCrory died “peacefully at home” after a “heroic battle with cancer.”
Damian Lewis via his Twitter account, made the announcement of her demise, likewise drop a message of tribute. He said McCrory died “peacefully at home” after a “heroic battle with cancer.” “She died as she lived. Fearlessly,” Lewis wrote on Twitter.
In his words, “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.”
While many performers struggle to find meaty female roles in film and television, McCrory played a string of them.
McCrory married actor Damian Lewis in 2007. They have two children — daughter Manon, 14, and son Gulliver, 13.