Versatile and charismatic actor of leading stage roles
Helen’s McCrory’s death from cancer at the age of 52 has robbed British theatre and television of a remarkably versatile and charismatic actor and one of the great leading ladies of her generation.
In recent years, she had gained a cult following on screen as the ruthless Narcissa Malfoy in the final trilogy of the hugely successful Harry Potter film franchise, and as steely matriarch of the Shelby family, Aunt Polly, in five series of the BBC Television hit Peaky Blinders.
On stage, she performed with the National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company, at the Almeida and Donmar Warehouse, and in the West End. She was twice nominated for Olivier awards, winning a Critics’ Circle award for her punkish, feisty Medea at the NT in 2014.