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Playwright David Hare and Peaky Blinders Creator Steven Knight Pay Tribute to Helen

“She Lit Up the Screen”

by David Hare and Steven Knight | Radio Times | April 27, 2021

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One Saturday night in 1995 I sat down to watch a Screen Two film on BBC2. Streetlife, written and directed by Karl Francis, was about a single mother in a caravan in Wales, struggling to provide for her young child.

Although the material was bleak – Jo kills her child because she despairs of her future – it was played with the most extraordinary humour and vitality by a young actor I’d never seen before. She wore a tiny mini skirt, sparked with brave life, and gave one of the most moving performances I’d ever seen on TV.

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In Memoriam: Helen McCrory

A tribute to Helen McCrory and her extensive filmography

by Carly Horne | April 17, 2021 | The Courier

Following the announcement of Helen McCrory’s death on Twitter by husband Damian Lewis, comes the reflection of a life and career so full of exuberance and love. Although hers was a life cut far too short, it was also one marked by displays of endless generosity and incomprehensible levels talent which will surely be missed by all.

My first exposure to Helen McCrory came with the release of Skyfall in 2012. Something about her portrayal of Clair Dowar MP, a minor role relative to the scale of the film, just mesmerised me.

As Narcissa Malfoy in the Harry Potter films, she shone. The mother of school bully, Draco Malfoy (Tom Felton) and wife to notorious Death Eater, Lucius Malfoy (Jason Isaacs) – Narcissa could easily have been a two-dimensional character. A ‘bad’ character. It’s hard to get away from the fact Narcissa Malfoy was a prejudicial pure-blood, but Helen McCrory brought so much humility and poise to what might have otherwise been an insignificant role.

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Helen McCrorry: ‘Working in films, there are hundreds of odd moments’

 McCrory on her career and winning awards

Helen McCrory has played Cherie Blair twice, in The Queen and The Special Relationship, Narcissa Malfoy in three Harry Potter films, and Mama Jeanne in Martin Scorsese’s Hugo.

Most recently, McCrory, 44, played MP Clair Dowar in Skyfall, which has eight Bafta nominations.

She has been married to Homeland star Damian Lewis for five years.

'Working in films, there are hundreds of odd moments... I've been lowered by frogmen into the cold lakes of Stoke-on-Trent while wearing a bikini,' said Helen McCrory

‘You weren’t allowed to take your wand home on Harry Potter. They were very strict about that. You couldn’t even take the script. Imagine phoning them up if you’d been burgled and having to say, “Oh, and by the way, you know that little Quidditch ball that’s on eBay? I think it might be from our house.” You just can’t do it. Continue reading Helen McCrorry: ‘Working in films, there are hundreds of odd moments’