‘Peaky Blinders,’ ‘Harry Potter’ actress Helen McCrory dies at 52: ‘She blazed so brightly’

Helen McCrory, famed for her roles in the “Harry Potter” franchise and the BBC series “Peaky Blinders,” died at age 52, her husband Damian Lewis announced Friday.

“I’m heartbroken to announce that after a heroic battle with cancer, the beauty and mighty woman that is Helen McCrory has died peacefully at home, surrounded by a wave of love from friends and family,” the fellow actor wrote on Twitter.

“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’ rep Annett Wolf confirmed the news to USA TODAY. She and Lewis have been married since 2007 and share two children together, a daughter Manon, 14, and son Gulliver, 13.

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Others took to Twitter to share tributes for the late actress. “Downton Abbey”‘s Elizabeth McGovern remembered McCrory as “fearless and brilliant.”

“Her talent astounded me. She was a shining light and is so still,” she wrote.

Matt Lucas, who starred in “Doctor Who,” wrote: “Helen McCrory will be remembered not just for her remarkable stage and screen performances, but also for her selflessness and generosity. She and Damian were the motor driving FeedNHS, working tirelessly during the pandemic to raise millions for others. What a tremendous loss.”

The official account for “Peaky Blinders” shared condolences to her family, writing that “all our love and thoughts are with Helen’s family.”

Helen McCrory as Polly Gray

All our love and thoughts are with Helen’s family.

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The British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) also paid tribute to McCrory, who starred in BAFTA-winning “Peaky Blinders” and “The Queen.”

“We’re sad to hear of the death of actor Helen McCrory. As well as fearless Polly Gray in BAFTA-winning Peaky Blinders, she was in 2007 Best Film BAFTA winner The Queen, amongst many other films and TV shows.”

We’re sad to hear of the death of actor Helen McCrory. As well as fearless Polly Gray in BAFTA-winning Peaky Blinders, she was in 2007 Best Film BAFTA winner The Queen, amongst many other films and TV shows. pic.twitter.com/1CzeIIYfzE

Helen McCrory died at 52, her husband Damian Lewis confirmed. (Photo: Mike Marsland, WireImage)

McCrory made her film debut in 1994’s “Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles” and later became well-known for her role as Narcissa Malfoy, the mother of Draco Malfoy (Tom Felton), in the “Harry Potter” film series. The British actress also appeared in the 2012 James Bond film “Skyfall,” Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo” and played Cherie Blair in 2006’s “The Queen” and 2010’s “The Special Relationship.”

Her TV roles included Polly Gray in BBC’s “Peaky Blinders” and Madame Kali in the British-American horror series “Penny Dreadful.”

Contributing: Rasha Ali

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