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Helen McCrory joins cast of His Dark Material

The Peaky Blinders and Harry Potter star will play Lord Asriel’s daemon Stelmaria

by Huw Fullerton | July 19, 2019 | Radio Times

Helen McCrory and a fictional snow leopard
Philip Pullman adaptation His Dark Materials already had a pretty starry cast including Lin-Manuel Miranda and James McAvoy, and now another familiar face has been added to the line-up – veteran character actor Helen McCrory, whose casting was announced in the wake of the new trailer launch at San Diego Comic-Con.McCrory (best known for playing Aunt Polly in the BBC’s Peaky Blinders and Narcissa Malfoy in the last three Harry Potter films) will voice Stelmaria, the snow leopard dæmon of James McAvoy’s Lord Asriel, and is the first big voice role revealed in a series full of non-human characters.Other notable characters in this vein include armoured bear/ panserbjørn Iorek Byrnison and other Dæmons (external human souls in animal form) including the unnamed golden monkey of Mrs Coulter, Lee Scoresby’s (Lin-Manuel Miranda) Arctic Hare dæmon Hester and many others.

Hopefully, we’ll have announcements soon concerning these other voice-only roles – but for now, it’s good to see a stellar cast get even more Stelmariar.

His Dark Materials comes to BBC1 in winter 2019

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Helen McCrory and Damian Lewis on BBC Radio 4

Niccolo Machiavelli – The Prince

Tune in on iPlayer to hear Damian as Machiavelli and Helen as Defence on BBC Radio 4 Extra. The programme, originally broadcast in 2013, is one hour in length and there are currently 29 days left to listen.

A little about the audio play: Five hundred years after writing his most provocative political tract, Niccolo Machiavelli appears before an infernal court to appeal against the harsh treatment his works have received over time. Rather than being seen as a description of political cynicism and opportunism, he argues that “Machiavellian” should be a compliment and The Prince has in fact been an infallible guidebook followed closely by all successful leaders.

The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
Adapted by Jonathan Myerson

Produced and directed by Clive Brill
A Pacificus production for BBC Radio 4

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The Pumpkin Eater on BBC 4 Radio

A Classic Study of Marriage and Motherhood

by Helenistic | | August 3, 2015

Helen McCrory and Paul Ready star as Mrs Armitage and Jake Armitage  in Penelope Mortimer’s stark portrait of marriage and motherhood from 1962.

Dramatised in five parts (15 minutes each)  by Georgia Fitch. Continue reading The Pumpkin Eater on BBC 4 Radio