Helen McCrory
Actress, Mum and Philanthropist
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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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Categories Leaving Print Media Reviews

Leaving on ITV – Review

Screenwriter Tony Marchant explores frustrated lives and lost opportunities

Ill-fated infatuation for Julie (Helen McCrory) and Aaron (Callum Turner)

The uproarious success of Downton Abbey, now firmly established as one of Britain’s great national pastimes, seems to have had the happy effect of persuading ITV1 that it must make more drama. Thus, the autumn of 2012 has been ushered in by new ITV dramas swirling about our ears like tumbling leaves, from The Last Weekend and The Scapegoat to the comeback of Downton itself.

The uproarious success of Downton Abbey, now firmly established as one of Britain’s great national pastimes, seems to have had the happy effect of persuading ITV1 that it must make more drama. Thus, the autumn of 2012 has been ushered in by new ITV dramas swirling about our ears like tumbling leaves, from The Last Weekend and The Scapegoat to the comeback of Downton itself.

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Leaving’s Helen McCrory talks toyboy trouble!

Age-gap Drama

Helen McCrory – best known for playing Cherie Blair in The Queen – stars in ITV1’s new age-gap drama Leaving. Here, she talks about forbidden love and being a working mum…

Tell us about Julie, the character you play in Leaving…

“Julie is a 40-something wife and mother who has turned her back on the humdrum reality of her own life by throwing herself into the vicarious fantasy and joy of other people’s marriages.”

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VIDEO: Leaving ITV Trailer and Clip

Julie and Aaron

by Gingersnap4Helen | YouTube | August 18, 2012

Plot: Things aren’t going well for 25-year-old Aaron Simmons. He is living with his parents, cannot find a job and his ex-girlfriend is about to marry his brother. Talk about the not-going-well trifecta. Enter Julie Ranmore, a 44-year-old, married mother of two – but the passion in her marriage has long since gone. Julie and Aaron meet on the night of his brother’s wedding when Aaron is a drunk, miserable mess. During their first meeting, each is unaware that the moment is the unlikely start to an unlikely relationship. When Julie gives him a reality check the next morning, Aaron becomes more determined to find a job and leave behind his childhood bedroom. That determination eventually leads to him getting a job at the hotel where Julie works. When they start working together, a bond begins to form. The ensuing events have profound implications for both as they come to terms with finding love in the unlikeliest of places.

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