Harry Potter and Peaky Blinders Star, Helen McCrory Dies at 52
Helen McCrory, the English actress who portrayed Narcissa Malfoy in the “Harry Potter” series and Polly Gray in “Peaky Blinders,” died on Friday, according to her husband Damian Lewis. She was 52 years old at the time.
“I’m heartbroken to announce that after a heroic battle with cancer, the beautiful and mighty woman that is Helen McCrory has died peacefully at home, surrounded by a wave of love from friends and family. She died as she lived. Fearlessly. God we love 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,” Lewis wrote on Twitter on Friday.
— Damian Lewis (@lewis_damian) April 16, 2021
McCrory started her career on stage and performed in over 25 productions from the 1990s to the mid-2010s, in addition to film and television roles. “Macbeth,” “Pride and Prejudice,” “As You Like It,” “Medea,” and several others were among her stage credits.
In “The Half-Blood Prince,” she starred Narcissa Malfoy, the mother of Draco Malfoy (Tom Felton) and wife of Lucius Malfoy, a part of the “Harry Potter” family (Jason Isaacs). In the two-part finale of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” she reprised her role.
I’m devastated to learn of the death of Helen McCrory, an extraordinary actress and a wonderful woman who’s left us far too soon. My deepest condolences to her family, especially her husband and children. Simply heartbreaking news.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) April 16, 2021