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Helen McCrory is DEAD TO ME!

Aged 52. Played Cherie Blair in The Queen and Narcissus Malfoy in Harry Potter. Wife of Damian Lewis.

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by Anonymousreply 6606/11/2021

Oh how sad. Such a wonderful stage and screen artist. Way too young. RIP dear Lady

by Anonymousreply 104/16/2021

Apologies. I've just noticed a DEAD TO ME for this actor but it was under her Harry Potter persona, so didn't appear when I created this thread.

by Anonymousreply 204/16/2021

For those interested, a story about her meeting Lauren Bacall on Broadway from her Desert Island Discs program.

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by Anonymousreply 304/16/2021

First Paul Ritter and now this, I really liked her. RIP Helen.

by Anonymousreply 404/16/2021

I saw her at the National Theatre in Rattigan's T'he Deep Blue Sea'. She was spell-binding. One of the few actresses that could keep an audience of 1,200 enthralled as she simply boiled an egg with her back to the audience.

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by Anonymousreply 504/16/2021

So sad....I’ve liked her in everything I’ve seen her in.

by Anonymousreply 604/16/2021

Very sad. I loved her!

by Anonymousreply 704/16/2021

Helen also played the crazy witch in 'Penny Dreadful'.

What type of cancer did she have?

by Anonymousreply 804/16/2021

Does Damian Lewis need consoling? I'm available

by Anonymousreply 904/16/2021

OP- Damian Lewis is a CONNOIJSSEUR of COCK.

by Anonymousreply 1004/16/2021

Her Aunt Polly in Peaky Blinders was brilliant.

by Anonymousreply 1104/16/2021

I had friends that worked with her and said she was lovely. Feel sad for her kids.

by Anonymousreply 1204/16/2021

What fucking British actor DIDN'T have a part in a Harry Potter movie?

by Anonymousreply 1304/16/2021

R13- British actors/actresses lined up to appear in that Harry Potter DRIVEL.

by Anonymousreply 1404/16/2021

You'd thought they'd have run out.

by Anonymousreply 1504/16/2021

Can’t believe it took until R11 for someone to mention Aunt Polly. You are a fookin’ disappointment OP.

This was so sudden. An aggressive cancer, I’m told? (not sure what sort). Far too young for a vigourous working woman to die, and for an artist with much more to give.

At least our Gypsy Queen Poll will be reunited with her love Aberama, now. “I have dealt death: now death has dealt with me.”

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by Anonymousreply 1604/17/2021

Aw, loved her

by Anonymousreply 1704/17/2021

Wonder how they’ll explain Poll’s absence in the final season of Peaky’s, then?

They’d better not have her get gunned down by a random assassin in a filler episode. She was the lynchpin character of the entire story, and the breakout star of the show. She’s the type of character who needs to have a strong ending that shows how powerful and self-possessed she was, that she didn’t go down without a fight.

by Anonymousreply 1804/17/2021

[quote] t22felton—So sad to say farewell so suddenly - I never took the chance to tell her , but she helped shape me as a person so much - on & off screen - She was always relentlessly herself- razor sharp wit - silver tongued - kind & warm hearted - she suffered no fools yet had time for everyone - thank you for lighting the way forward & holding my hand when I needed it xx

Poor Tom Felton, it’s never easy to lose a (screen) parent.

Hopefully he can find consolation from Daddy Jason.

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by Anonymousreply 1904/18/2021

Helen sounds an incredible woman, as well as a first-class actress. She swore those close to her to secrecy about the cancer, and told very few, so that she could commit fully to her professional and charitable engagements up until the end,

There’s a good chance the likes of Tom, Jason, the secondary actors on PEAKY BLINDERS and her other final projects never even knew she was ill.

My heart goes out to her grieving children and her husband.

by Anonymousreply 2004/18/2021

She seemed to have worked hard to prepare her husband and children for life after her death. She said she wanted "Daddy to have lots of girlfriends" but to hold off snogging anyone at the funeral service.

by Anonymousreply 2104/18/2021

Her take on Cherie Blair was the only good thing about the otherwise dreadful The Queen. That scene where she and Michael Sheen moved away from the queen backwards (because they were told you can't turn your back on her) was a hoot!

by Anonymousreply 2204/18/2021

She managed to pull this outfit off. Not so Poor Damian.

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by Anonymousreply 2304/18/2021

R23 she was quite old-school punk rock in spirit, makes sense she’d look great in that.

It’s so weird talking about her in the past tense. She doesn’t seem like someone who ought to be dead, if that makes sense.

by Anonymousreply 2404/18/2021

Vivacious lady to the last.

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by Anonymousreply 2504/19/2021

Wonder if Miss Cillian knew? Surely, she had to.

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by Anonymousreply 2604/19/2021

She was no Helen Flanagan.

by Anonymousreply 2704/19/2021

[quote] she was quite old-school punk rock in spirit,

What does that even mean?

Anyway, don’t smoke, kids. A 52 year old mother and friend does not need to be dead

by Anonymousreply 2804/19/2021

I always liked her but also found her looking much older than her age.

by Anonymousreply 2904/19/2021

[quote]Helen also played the crazy witch in 'Penny Dreadful'.

Yes, she was scary on 'Penny Dreadful'. I wish her character had been kept on for another season.

by Anonymousreply 3004/19/2021

R28 We don’t know what type of cancer she had. It might not have had anything to do with smoking. 🙄

by Anonymousreply 3104/19/2021

She was also in 'MotherFatherSon' (2019) with Richard Gere.

by Anonymousreply 3204/19/2021

[Quote] We don’t know what type of cancer she had. It might not have had anything to do with smoking. 🙄

While that's true... she made a point of noting what you like is often bad for you when she named on of her chosen tracks on the radio show Desert Island Discs. The track? "Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk" She also mentioned family singalongs while smoking "twenty fags." And then there's her whippet thin body well into middle age... Either way, she could have been hit by a bus and died at 49.

by Anonymousreply 3304/19/2021

Helen McCrory glamourised smoking, and only a fool would argue against her smoking being as much a reason why this too young woman is dead as John Candy’s weight was for him.

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by Anonymousreply 3404/19/2021

One doesn't need to argue. It's redundant. There's no new information re the dangers of smoking, overeating etc.

by Anonymousreply 3504/19/2021

[quote] She seemed to have worked hard to prepare her husband and children for life after her death. She said she wanted "Daddy to have lots of girlfriends" but to hold off snogging anyone at the funeral service.

I din't know her work but based on his tribute in one of the UK papers she sounds like she was a very wonderful person.

It also sounds like, even during her sickness, she was raising money for COVID help for actors, etc.

She had good taste in men.

Cheers to her.

by Anonymousreply 3604/19/2021

For those of you who'd like to hear her Desert Island Discs.....

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by Anonymousreply 3704/19/2021

The cancer seemed so quick and aggressive and treatment-resistant, that there’s a good chance it was ovarian. It also could have been a skin cancer that metastised very quickly and out of nowhere. Not ruling out lung cancer, just saying it might not be.

Anyway, as R35 says, it hardly matters now, unless there was a chance that earlier checks and vigilance could have helped her survival chances (and ergo, could help people still living to know).

by Anonymousreply 3804/19/2021

About fifteen years ago I saw her onstage in As You Like It in the West End. The production as a whole wasn’t terrific - Jaques and Touchstone were played by two British comedians, who I knew nothing of, and both seemed to spent the whole play painstakingly trying to suss out dick and pussy jokes. It was set in a vaguely post-war “Chocolat-esque” France, which meant a lot of accordion music, bicycles being pushed across stage and company members pretending to be beret-wearing existentialists miming arguments in the background, and the rustic characters were all directed to speak in cringey Pepe LePew accents. But Helen McCrory’s Rosalind was breathtaking - passionate, hilarious, fierce, vulnerable, completely real and wildly sexy. It’s to this day, the best performance of a Shakespeare heroine that I have ever seen. Furthermore, she was playing opposite Dominic West and Sienna Miller, both of whom where at the golden peak of their beauty - and all I wanted to do was watch her. She was a real star.

by Anonymousreply 3904/19/2021

[quote] It was set in a vaguely post-war “Chocolat-esque” France, which meant a lot of accordion music, bicycles being pushed across stage and company members pretending to be beret-wearing existentialists miming arguments in the background, and the rustic characters were all directed to speak in cringey Pepe LePew accents.

The Branagh-directed Romeo And Juliet set in a La Dolce Vita Italy was similarly on those nose, but it featured a fab Derek Jacobi as an elder Mercutio

by Anonymousreply 4004/19/2021

R8 One of those terminal cancers Rose.

by Anonymousreply 4104/19/2021

[quote][R8] One of those terminal cancers Rose.

STFU you bloody moron. Don't be a snarky asshole. The Golden Girl 'jokes' are beyond tiresome. Don't assume every gay man enjoys the Golden Girls, I don't. I cannot stand that show. After watching something else on TVLand, if I hear the opening music, I run for my TV remote!

Anyway, re Helen McCrory, anyone who is fan of any celebrity, usually wants to know exactly what they died from. It's human nature to ask such a question. It's never a stupid question.

by Anonymousreply 4204/19/2021

She made being in her 50s and careworn look really sexy. That’s hard to do.

by Anonymousreply 4304/20/2021

Well, she was never an ingenue.

by Anonymousreply 4404/20/2021

R40 it really isn’t Branagh if it isn’t on-the-nose. The man is subtle as a brick.

by Anonymousreply 4504/21/2021

R42 Calm down Rose. I didn't tell that GG joke for you..

by Anonymousreply 4604/22/2021

R31, you're an IDIOT. And probably a smoking one.

"Tobacco use causes many types of cancer, including cancer of the lung, larynx (voice box), mouth, esophagus, throat, bladder, kidney, liver, stomach, pancreas, colon and rectum, and cervix, as well as acute myeloid leukemia. People who use smokeless tobacco (snuff or chewing tobacco) have increased risks of cancers of the mouth, esophagus, and pancreas."

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by Anonymousreply 4704/22/2021

Helen WHO?

by Anonymousreply 4804/22/2021

Her Desert Island Discs was heartbreaking but really showed what good fun she was. She had to have known she was dying, right?

by Anonymousreply 4904/22/2021

She looks like the exorcist

by Anonymousreply 5004/22/2021

Very sad. She and her hubby were well-matched.

by Anonymousreply 5104/22/2021


I also saw her in the National's production -- on Youtube during the pandemic. She was amazing.

by Anonymousreply 5204/22/2021

Great actress, and wonderful person. Helen McCrory will be missed by many.

Loved her being deliciously evil in Dead Gorgeous with co-star Fay Ripley.

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by Anonymousreply 5306/10/2021

Not to bang on about this, but for a very heavy smoker she had quite good teeth, still.

by Anonymousreply 5406/10/2021

Look who is in the background of this photo. It's Helen!

This was taken a few years ago, at some London charity event.

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by Anonymousreply 5506/10/2021


Contrary to popular belief on DL and elsewhere dental care and hygiene in UK has everything one can find in USA. OTC products are available for whitening and stain removal of teeth, then there are always trips to the dentist.

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by Anonymousreply 5606/10/2021

I don't think that's McCrory in the background. It looks like an Iranian woman.

by Anonymousreply 5706/10/2021

Oh no! I’m streaming Peaky Blinders right now.

by Anonymousreply 5806/10/2021

[Quote] I’m streaming Peaky Blinders right now.

Don't worry, you had nothing to do with it. She's dead months.

by Anonymousreply 5906/10/2021

She was UGLY!

by Anonymousreply 6006/10/2021

But I didn’t know! Now it will be like watching a ghost.

by Anonymousreply 6106/10/2021

Polly Gray lives on in our hearts.

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by Anonymousreply 6206/10/2021

He looks gayish. Probably gave her the HPV.

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by Anonymousreply 6306/10/2021

Lewis has an off centre chin, like Tyler Posey.

by Anonymousreply 6406/10/2021

[quote]I don't think that's McCrory in the background. It looks like an Iranian woman.

That's definitely Helen, she was listed as being at the event. The two men in the photo are British South Asians, not Iranians. The man on the right is actor Riz Ahmed.

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by Anonymousreply 6506/10/2021

R60 I’m decomposing as we speak, and still I’m better-looking than you, darl!

by Anonymousreply 6606/11/2021
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