Helen McCrory, best known for starring in Peaky Blinders and the James Bond film Skyfall, has died at the age of 52. The actress had been suffering from cancer for some time.
Her husband and co-star Damian Lewis confirmed her death on Twitter, saying she was “heartbroken”.
He wrote, “Helen McCrory, the beautiful and mighty woman who died at home and in peace, loved by friends and family, died.” He added that “She died while still alive. Fearless. God, we love her and we know how lucky we are to have her in our lives. She shines so brightly now.
She is best known for her role as Aunty Polly on the BBC’s Peaky Blinders and as Clair Dowar in the James Bond film Skyfall.
Thousands responded to Damian’s tweet on social media, expressing their condolences. Helen has been praised for her ‘brilliant talent’, with many fans commenting on her excellence in every character she plays.
She played so many famous roles. She has played Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Narcissa Malfoy in Harry Potter Part 1 and Part 2.
She married homeland star Lewis in 2007. She was a great mother, she left her two children, a daughter Manon, 14, and a son, Gulliver, 13.
“She was so brilliant in everything she did,” another Twitter user posted: “As a fan, she was beautiful and skilled at her artist, Peaky Blinders was developed because of her, as I would imagine in any of her rooms she walks.” Twitter is overflowing with the sadness of the death of a famous artist.
Actor Jim Hawk, who worked with Helen McCrory and her husband Damian Lewis on the 2015 comedy film Bill, tweeted: “It’s very sad and tragic. Helen and Damian were both terribly funny on the bill.