British actress Helen McCrory dies aged 52

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LONDON, April 16, 2021 (BSS/AFP) – British film, television and stage
actress Helen McCrory has died aged 52 from cancer, her husband and
fellow actor Damian Lewis said on Thursday.

McCrory “died peacefully at home surrounded by a wave of love from
friends and family”, Lewis wrote on Twitter, calling his late wife
“beautiful and mighty”.

“We love her and know how lucky we are to have had her in our
lives. She blazed so brightly,” the actor added, explaining she had
died “after an heroic battle with cancer”.

McCrory was best known as a star of hit BBC crime drama “Peaky
Blinders” and for the role of Narcissa Malfoy in the “Harry Potter”
films, as the mother of the boy wizard’s school-aged rival.

She played Cherie Blair, the wife of former British prime minister
Tony Blair, twice in both the “The Queen” (2006) and “The Special
Relationship” (2010), and played fictional British interior minister
Clair Dowar in the the James Bond film “Skyfall” (2012).

Born in Paddington in west London in 1968 to a Welsh mother and
Scottish-born father, McCrory was the eldest of three children.

She attended school in southeast England and spent a year living in
Italy before studying acting at London’s Drama Centre.

A lengthy acting career followed, which saw her play a multitude of
roles on the small and big screen, as well as on stage.

McCrory and Lewis, who starred in the US TV series Homeland,
married in 2007. The pair met performing in the Shakespeare play “Much
Ado About Nothing” as comedic protagonists Beatrice and Benedick.

In 2011, she told the Independent newspaper she had eschewed
celebrity but was honoured to have played such interesting roles.

An actor’s job, she said, was to “reassure the audience that life,
as muddled and as wonderful as it is, is worth living”.