Damian Lewis has announced the tragic death of his wife (and occasional-co-star), Helen McCrory, at the age of just 52, stating that she passed “peacefully at home … surrounded by a wave of love from friends and family.”
Technically, the first time I saw her on screen must have been her film-debut as ‘2nd Whore’ in Interview with the Vampire (1994), but the first time I actually became aware of her was when she stole the show in North Square (2000), a Ch4 ensemble drama about a barristers’ chambers in Leeds. Since then, of course, she’s gone to appear in (and storm) a slew of hugely popular/acclaimed productions, such as Peaky Blinders (2013 – 2019), Inside No. 9 (ep #1.6) (2014), Penny Dreadful (2014 – 2015), and the later/gothier instalments of the Harry Potter series. Along the way she earned numerous award wins and nominations, as well as an OBE for “services to drama” in 2017.
In short, McCrory was a fantastically talented/prolific performer, and will be sadly missed.