Helen McCrory, ‘Peaky Blinders’ Actress and Wife of Damian Lewis, Dies at 52

by Madison Miller

The popular British acting star, Helen McCrory, who played Narcissa Malfoy in the “Harry Potter” franchise as well as Polly Gray in “Peaky Blinders,” has unfortunately passed away.

She was 52 years old and had been battling cancer for years. Her husband, Damian Lewis, announced the news on social media today.

He wrote in a post, “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 was also known for her roles in “The Queen,” “The Count of Monte Cristo,” “Skyfall,” “Hugo,” and “The Special Relationship.”

In 2013, McCrory narrated poetry for “The Love Book App.” It was this same year that she took on her role as Polly Gray in “Peaky Blinders.” In 2014, she was in a theater production of “Medea” and briefly appeared on “Penny Dreadful.”

Her very last television role was on “Roadkill.” It’s a four-part British thriller starring Hugh Laurie and McCrory. In 2007, McCrory married fellow actor, Damian Lewis, and the two had a daughter and son together. He had roles in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” “Homeland,” “Band of Brothers,” and “Wolf Hall.”

During this last year, McCrory and Lewis supported Feed NHS amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The program helped to give food to NHS staff members.

Tributes to Helen McCrory

Helen McCrory’s passing has saddened many of her fans on social media. The actress had inspired countless individuals in her numerous roles over the years.

The Wizarding World Twitter account wrote, “We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of our beloved Helen McCrory, who played Narcissa Malfoy with such depth and brilliance in the Harry Potter film series. She was a wonderful actor and a very dear friend; Harry Potter fans will miss her very much.”

The BAFTA account also expressed sadness over McCrory’s passing. She had won a BAFTA for her role in “Peaky Blinders” as well as “The Queen.”

Several members of the entertainment world have also been offering their condolences. Michael Gravesande shared a memory of her at the BAFTA awards on his Twitter. He wrote, “Helen McCrory styling out forgetting her glasses by presenting the Leading Actor category at the 2019 #BAFTATV awards in her sunnies! RIP to one of our best screen and stage talents.”