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Peaky Blinders and Harry Potter Star Helen McCrory Dies at 52 from Cancer

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Helen McCrory has passed away from cancer at age 52. She was most famous for her roles in Peaky Blinders as Polly Gray and in the Harry Potter franchise as Narcissa Malfoy. Her husband, Damian Lewis, broke the news on Twitter.

“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,”

Helen McCrory had a stellar career with big roles in movies such as James Bond movie Skyfall, The Queen, The Special Relationship and in Martin Scorsese’s Hugo. She also starred in multiple stage productions from the 1990s to the mid 2010s.

Helen McCrory joined the Harry Potter franchise when she starred in the movie, The Half-Blood Prince. She played the mother of Draco Malfoy (Tom Felton), Narcissa Malfoy and the wife of Lucius Malfoy (Jason Isaacs). She returned to play Narcissa in the two-part finale, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

The writer of Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling paid tribute to the late actress on Twitter:


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

McCrory also played the matriarch in Peaky Blinders as Polly Gray

Helen McCrory was loved for her portrayal of Polly Gray in ‘Peaky Blinders’. Her fans as well as her castmates loved her on the show. Polly Gray was the aunt of Thomas Shelby (Cillian Murphy) as well sa the treasurer of the famous fictional crime family.

Cillian Murphy was also heartbroken at hearing the news of her passing as he paid his condolences:

“I am broken-hearted to lose such a dear friend. Helen was a beautiful, caring, funny, compassionate human being. She was also a gifted actor — fearless and magnificent. She elevated and made humane every scene, every character she played. It was a privilege to have worked with this brilliant woman, to have shared so many laughs over the years. I will dearly miss my pal. My love and thoughts are with Damian and her family.”

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With her remarkable career in acting, Helen McCrory won many awards such as the Best Actress at the London Film Critics Circle and the Critics’ Circle Theater Awards. And she also won at the Glamour Awards for Theatre Actress of the Year.

She will surely be missed.

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