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Helen McCrory dead: Peaky Blinders and Harry Potter star dies after cancer battle aged 52

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Helen McCrory has died unexpectedly at the age of 52 after a battle with cancer. The talented British actress, who starred as Peaky Blinders matriarch Aunt Polly and as Clair Dowar in the 2012 James Bond film Skyfall, died suddenly.

The actress’s husband Damian Lewis confirmed the news of her death in a heartbreaking statement.

He penned: “I’m heartbroken to announce that after a heroic battle with cancer, the beautiful and mighty woman that is Helen McCrory has died peacefully as home, surrounded by a wave of love from friends and family.”

“She died as she lived. Fearlessly. God we loved 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.”

The couple have two children together – daughter Manon born in September 2006 and son Gulliver, who was born in November 2007.

Helen’s last public appearance was on Good Morning Britain on March 12 where she and Homeland star Damien discussed their charity work.

The couple are both ambassadors of the Prince’s Trust.

Helen sparked concern among fans who queried as the actress appeared to have a croaky voice.

When asked if she had a sore throat by host Kate Garraway, Helen joked: “I’ve got children”.

Along with her charity work – she and Damian raised more than £1million for Feed NHS at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic – Helen was also famous for her body of TV and film work.

Helen was born in Paddington was born in Paddington in 1968 and spent a year living in Italy before returning to study acting at the Drama Centre in London.

The TV star began her career in theatre where she was praised for her roles in Trelawny of the ‘Wells’ and Uncle Vanya.

She has also appeared in a number of films including Interview with the Vampire in 1994 and The Queen in 2006 where she played Cherie Blair.

Tributes have poured in for Helen following the news of her death.

Actor and director Noel Clarke penned: “RIP #HelenMcCrory you were the best and always lovely to me. It was a pleasure to work with you. Love ya. Blessings to Damian and the family.”

Reverend Richard Coles wrote: “Very sorry to hear of the death of Helen McCrory, such a brilliant actor; heartfelt condolences to Damian Lewis, their children, and all who loved her.”



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