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How Helen McCrory Shone, Even in a Haze of Mystery – April 17, 2021

She was unforgettable onstage playing seemingly serene women who rippled with restlessness

by Ben Brantley | New York Times | April 17, 2021

Selfishly, my first feelings on hearing that the uncanny British actress Helen McCrory had died at 52 were of personal betrayal. We were supposed to have shared a long and fruitful future together, she and I. There’d be me on one side of the footlights and her on the other, as she unpacked the secrets of the human heart with a grace and ruthlessness shared by only a few theater performers in each generation.

I never met her, but I knew her — or rather I knew the women she embodied with an intimacy that sometimes seemed like a cruel violation of privacy. When London’s theaters reawakened from their pandemic lockdown, she was supposed to be waiting for me with yet another complete embodiment of a self-surprising life.

Ms. McCrory had become world famous for dark and exotic roles onscreen, as the fiercely patrician witch Narcissa Malfoy in the Harry Potter movies and the terrifying criminal matriarch Polly Gray in the BBC series “Peaky Blinders.” But for me, she was, above all, a bright creature of the stage and in herself a reason to make a theater trip to London.

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Helen McCrory Has Passed Away at the Age of 52 – April 16, 2021

Go Now, Little One

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | April 16, 2021

We are so shocked and saddened by the terrible news that Helen has passed away. We have Damian, Manon and Gulliver in our thoughts and hope they will find peace in the beautiful memories they created together. Helen was a beautiful soul, a brilliant actress, and a kick-ass woman. Please visit the Helen-McCrory.com Tribute Page to see all the memories people are sharing about her. If you would like leave your own heartfelt comments and condolences, please visit the Tribute Post here.

If you wish to make a donation, the McCrory-Lewis family has asked that donations be made to the Sir Hubert von Herkomer Arts Foundation here.

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Damian Lewis on His Wife Helen McCrory: The Sunday Times – April 18, 2021

“I’ve never known anyone able to enjoy life as much”

by Damian Lewis | The Sunday Times | April 18, 2021

Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images

The star, who has died of cancer at 52, was a brilliant actress and an even better person, writes her husband.

As I sit down to write this, I can hear Helen shouting from the bed, “Keep it short, Damian, it’s not about you.”

I’ll try, but on a weekend when the papers, rightly, will be paying their respects to the Duke of Edinburgh, thousands of others around the world have been remembering m’Duchess, my Little One, royalty in her own right. And I’d like to throw in my tuppence worth …

When I say “royalty”, I am of course referring to the esteem in which Helen is held in our business. Her nickname to many was Dame Helen (apologies, Dame Helen), and although we’ll never know now whether that would have become a reality, I think secretly, we do know.

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Damian and Helen on Good Morning Britain – March 12, 2021

Prince’s Trust Ambassadors

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | March 12, 2021

Damian and Helen appeared as guests on Good Morning Britain on March 12, 2021 to speak about their charity work for the Prince’s Trust and the Prince’s Trust Awards. This year’s ceremony was held virtually on March 11. The charity supports young people who are struggling. For more information and to donate, please visit the Prince’s Trust here.