Helen McCrory

Helen McCrory

52 (passed away Apr. 16th, 2021)
Aug. 17th, 1968
Born in
London, England
5' 4

Helen McCrory's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Penny Dreadful TV Show
Penny Dreadful
Peaky Blinders (UK) TV Show
Peaky Blinders (UK)
Fearless 2017 TV Show
Fearless 2017
North Square (UK) TV Show
North Square (UK)

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

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The award-winning actress Helen Elizabeth McCrory OBE trained at the Drama Centre, London. She began her career on stage in the UK. She won the Manchester Evening News' Best Actress Award for her performance in the National Theatre's Blood Wedding and the Ian Charleson award for classical acting for playing "Rose Trelawney" in Trelawney of the Wells. Helen's theatre work has continued to win her critical praise and a large fan base through such work as the Royal Shakespeare Company's Les Enfant du Paradis opposite Joseph Fiennes, Rupert Graves and James Purefoy. At the Almeida Theatre, her productions have included "The Triumph of Love" opposite Chiwetel Ejiofor and the radical verse production, Five Gold Rings, opposite Damian Lewis.

McCrory has also worked extensively at the Donmar Warehouse playing lead roles in How I Learnt to Drive, Old Times directed by Roger Michel, and in Sam Mendes' farewell double bill of Twelfth Night and Uncle Vanya (a triumph in both London and New York). For her performance in Twelfth Night, McCrory was nominated for the Evening Standard Best Actress Award, and the New York Drama Desk Awards.

McCrory also found time to found the production company The Public with 'Michael Sheen', producing new work at the Liverpool Everyman, The Ambassadors and the Donmar (in which she also starred).

With over twenty productions under her belt, Mike Coveney recently wrote "We celebrate the careers of great actors Olivier, Ashcroft, Richardson, Gielgud, Dench, the Redgraves, Gambon, Walter, Sher, Russell Beale and McCrory".

On the small screen, Helen's first television film, Karl Francis' Streetlife (1995) with Rhys Ifans, won her the Welsh BAFTA, Monte Carlo Best Actress Award and the Royal Television Society's Best Actress Award, for her extraordinary performance as "Jo". The Edinburgh Film Festival wrote "simply the best performance this year".

She went on to win Critics Circle Best Actress Award for her role as the barrister "Rose Fitzgerald" in the Channel 4 series North Square (2000), having been previously nominated for her performance in The Fragile Heart (1996). McCrory has shown her diversity as an actress, appearing in comedies such as Lucky Jim (2003) with Stephen Tompkinson or Dead Gorgeous (2002) with Fay Ripley, as well as dramas such as Joe Wright's Charles II: The Power & the Passion (2003) (for which she was nominated for the LA Television Awards) and Anna Karenina (2000).

Helen McCrory, the English actor who played Narcissa Malfoy in the Harry Potter franchise and Polly Gray in Peaky Blinders, has died after a heroic battle with cancer, her husband Damian Lewis announced on Friday.

  • Daughter of a diplomat and a physiotherapist.
  • She grew up in Norway, Nigeria, Cameroon, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Madagascar and Paris, among other places.
  • She originally couldn't take the role of Bellatrix Lestrange in _Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)_ (qv) due to pregnancy and was replaced by 'Helena Bonham Carter' (qv). She has now been cast to play Narcissa Malfoy, Bellatrix's sister, in _Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)_ (qv).
  • Brown hair.
  • In her childhood she lived in Africa and Paris, and went to an English boarding school.
  • She was nominated for a 2002 London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actress for her performance in Uncle Vanya performed at the Donmar Warehouse.
  • Has two children with fiancÚ 'Damian Lewis (I)' (qv), daughter Manon born on September 8, 2006 and son Gulliver, born November 2, 2007.
  • Engaged to actor Damian Lewis in February of 2006.

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