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A Little Chaos: Helen McCrory talks teaming up with Harry Potter co-star Alan Rickman

After dwelling in the dark side of Peaky Blinders and Harry Potter, Helen McCrory is ready to shine in Alan Rickman’s court of the Sun King

A Little Chaos: Helen McCrory talks teaming up with Harry Potter co-star Alan Rickman

“My dad’s got a Glaswegian accent,” she says, which is something of a surprise. She nods in agreement. “I sound like I come from Suffolk!” she adds, pronouncing it ‘Suff-auk’ – for emphasis – as if she were schooled at Eton.

She continues, keeping the oh-so-posh voice on for comedy effect. “People are like, ‘Oh, hello, where do you come from?’ And I say, ‘I come from West Africa, actually!’ But you can’t tell.”

Confused? Well, that’s just what it’s like meeting McCrory, a mistress of the deadpan, who is as entertaining off-screen as she is on. Her father is indeed from Glasgow, a former diplomat whose own father was a welder.

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Helen McCrory interview: on motherhood, Damian Lewis and what makes her mad

Helen McCrory talks about Celtic grit, her strict approach to parenting, and her equally sought-after husband

“There’s a whole generation of children growing up who don’t seem able to express themselves.” CREDIT: Photo: Kate Davis MacLeod

“As far as I can remember, I have never slept with Alan Rickman…” Helen McCrory is so deft a master at the art of the deadpan that it can be quite unsettling. We are having a late breakfast, and discussing how she came to accept the role of the evil Madame Le Nôtre in A Little Chaos, a romantic drama centred on the court of Louis XIV, which Rickman both directs and stars in. Unflinchingly serious, with one pencil-thin dark eyebrow raised, McCrory takes a slow sip of her coffee before allowing a glimmer of a smirk to give the game away.

While they have never been involved romantically on screen or otherwise, she and Rickman – both giants of the British theatre scene – have had a long-running friendship, cemented by the Harry Potter franchise (she played Narcissa Malfoy in three of the eight films in which he starred as Severus Snape). “I was absolutely thrilled when he sent me the script and asked me to come and play,” she says of A Little Chaos.

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Alan Rickman & Helen McCrory: ‘With us it’s mostly about laughter and the odd Martini’

From Harry Potter to A Little Chaos

by Adam Jacques | April 3, 2015 | The Independent

The two actors met in 2008, on the set of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

McCrory says of Rickman: 'He's a very subtle person: there's an art in the way he reads lines'
McCrory says of Rickman: ‘He’s a very subtle person: there’s an art in the way he reads lines’

Helen McCrory, 46

An actress known for her work on stage (‘Uncle Vanya’, ‘Twelfth Night’, ‘Medea’), TV (‘Anna Karenina’, ‘Peaky Blinders’, ‘Penny Dreadful’) and film (‘The Queen’, ‘Skyfall’, the final three ‘Harry Potter’ movies), McCrory lives in north London with her husband, the actor Damian Lewis, and their two children

There are a lot of myths about Alan. That he is prickly and unpleasant – because he often plays quite cold, dry people – and that he always wears black. But he couldn’t be further from his screen personas if he tried. And I’ve seen him wear grey at least twice.

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