Helen McCrory, British 'Harry Potter' and 'Peaky Blinders' actress, dies at 52
Helen McCrory, the British actress who gave life to the mother of the evil Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter saga and the aunt and matriarch of the Shelby brothers in the Peaky Blinders series, has died this Thursday at the age of 52 as a result of cancer . McCrory's husband, actor Damian Lewis (Homeland, Band of Brothers and the Life series they shared), made the news public through his Twitter account, in which he declared that the actress passed away “quietly at home, surrounded of a wave of love from his family and friends ”.
McCrory has developed her career in theater, film and television for more than three decades. Her debut on the big screen was in 1994, in La tabla de Flandes, which adapted the homonymous novel by Arturo Pérez-Reverte to the cinema. Over time, she managed to make a space in large productions with supporting roles, such as Tony Blair's wife in The Queen (2006), by Stephen Frears, and also in The Special Relationship, both written by Peter Morgan; she is the mother of the protagonist in The Invention of Hugo (2011), by Martin Scorsese, and of the MP Clair Dowar in the James Bond film Skyfall (2012), by Sam Mendes.
The interpreter had originally obtained the role of Bellatrix Lestrange in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, in 2007. However, she was forced to leave it due to the pregnancy of one of the two children that she had with Lewis. That character was eventually embodied by Helena Bonham Carter, while McCrory ended up playing Narcissa Lestrange, sister of Bellatrix and wife of Lucius Malfoy in the last three films of the boy wizard saga.
It was on television where the actress was most recognized. Apart from her role as the rude Aunt Polly Shelby in the mobster series Peaky Blinders, where she shared the screen with actors such as Cillian Murphy, Tom Hardy or Adrien Brody, she also stood out in leading roles in series such as the Victorian horror production Penny Dreadful or the drama Fearless. In this, she played a human rights lawyer trying to prove the innocence of a man imprisoned for the death of a girl. Her last series were Quiz, Roadkill and Dark Matter, which she always combined with work on the stage, where she played various Shakespeare, Medea and Chekhov's Uncle Vania directed again by Sam Mendes.