Aged 52. Played Cherie Blair in The Queen and Narcissus Malfoy in Harry Potter. Wife of Damian Lewis.
Helen McCrory is DEAD TO ME!
|by Anonymous||reply 66||06/11/2021|
Oh how sad. Such a wonderful stage and screen artist. Way too young. RIP dear Lady
|by Anonymous||reply 1||04/16/2021|
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 Anonymous||reply 2||04/16/2021|
For those interested, a story about her meeting Lauren Bacall on Broadway from her Desert Island Discs program.
|by Anonymous||reply 3||04/16/2021|
First Paul Ritter and now this, I really liked her. RIP Helen.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||04/16/2021|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||04/16/2021|
So sad....I’ve liked her in everything I’ve seen her in.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||04/16/2021|
Very sad. I loved her!
|by Anonymous||reply 7||04/16/2021|
Helen also played the crazy witch in 'Penny Dreadful'.
What type of cancer did she have?
|by Anonymous||reply 8||04/16/2021|
Does Damian Lewis need consoling? I'm available
|by Anonymous||reply 9||04/16/2021|
OP- Damian Lewis is a CONNOIJSSEUR of COCK.
|by Anonymous||reply 10||04/16/2021|
Her Aunt Polly in Peaky Blinders was brilliant.
|by Anonymous||reply 11||04/16/2021|
I had friends that worked with her and said she was lovely. Feel sad for her kids.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||04/16/2021|
What fucking British actor DIDN'T have a part in a Harry Potter movie?
|by Anonymous||reply 13||04/16/2021|
R13- British actors/actresses lined up to appear in that Harry Potter DRIVEL.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||04/16/2021|
You'd thought they'd have run out.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||04/16/2021|
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.”
|by Anonymous||reply 16||04/17/2021|
Aw, loved her
|by Anonymous||reply 17||04/17/2021|
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 Anonymous||reply 18||04/17/2021|
[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.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||04/18/2021|
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 Anonymous||reply 20||04/18/2021|
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 Anonymous||reply 21||04/18/2021|
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 Anonymous||reply 22||04/18/2021|
She managed to pull this outfit off. Not so Poor Damian.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||04/18/2021|
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 Anonymous||reply 24||04/18/2021|
Vivacious lady to the last.
|by Anonymous||reply 25||04/19/2021|
Wonder if Miss Cillian knew? Surely, she had to.
|by Anonymous||reply 26||04/19/2021|
She was no Helen Flanagan.
|by Anonymous||reply 27||04/19/2021|
[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 Anonymous||reply 28||04/19/2021|
I always liked her but also found her looking much older than her age.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||04/19/2021|
[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 Anonymous||reply 30||04/19/2021|
R28 We don’t know what type of cancer she had. It might not have had anything to do with smoking. 🙄
|by Anonymous||reply 31||04/19/2021|
She was also in 'MotherFatherSon' (2019) with Richard Gere.
|by Anonymous||reply 32||04/19/2021|
[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 Anonymous||reply 33||04/19/2021|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 34||04/19/2021|
One doesn't need to argue. It's redundant. There's no new information re the dangers of smoking, overeating etc.
|by Anonymous||reply 35||04/19/2021|
[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 Anonymous||reply 36||04/19/2021|
For those of you who'd like to hear her Desert Island Discs.....
|by Anonymous||reply 37||04/19/2021|
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 Anonymous||reply 38||04/19/2021|
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 Anonymous||reply 39||04/19/2021|
[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 Anonymous||reply 40||04/19/2021|
R8 One of those terminal cancers Rose.
|by Anonymous||reply 41||04/19/2021|
[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 Anonymous||reply 42||04/19/2021|
She made being in her 50s and careworn look really sexy. That’s hard to do.
|by Anonymous||reply 43||04/20/2021|
Well, she was never an ingenue.
|by Anonymous||reply 44||04/20/2021|
R40 it really isn’t Branagh if it isn’t on-the-nose. The man is subtle as a brick.
|by Anonymous||reply 45||04/21/2021|
R42 Calm down Rose. I didn't tell that GG joke for you..
|by Anonymous||reply 46||04/22/2021|
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."
|by Anonymous||reply 47||04/22/2021|
|by Anonymous||reply 48||04/22/2021|
Her Desert Island Discs was heartbreaking but really showed what good fun she was. She had to have known she was dying, right?
|by Anonymous||reply 49||04/22/2021|
She looks like the exorcist
|by Anonymous||reply 50||04/22/2021|
Very sad. She and her hubby were well-matched.
|by Anonymous||reply 51||04/22/2021|
I also saw her in the National's production -- on Youtube during the pandemic. She was amazing.
|by Anonymous||reply 52||04/22/2021|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 53||06/10/2021|
Not to bang on about this, but for a very heavy smoker she had quite good teeth, still.
|by Anonymous||reply 54||06/10/2021|
Look who is in the background of this photo. It's Helen!
This was taken a few years ago, at some London charity event.
|by Anonymous||reply 55||06/10/2021|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 56||06/10/2021|
I don't think that's McCrory in the background. It looks like an Iranian woman.
|by Anonymous||reply 57||06/10/2021|
Oh no! I’m streaming Peaky Blinders right now.
|by Anonymous||reply 58||06/10/2021|
[Quote] I’m streaming Peaky Blinders right now.
Don't worry, you had nothing to do with it. She's dead months.
|by Anonymous||reply 59||06/10/2021|
She was UGLY!
|by Anonymous||reply 60||06/10/2021|
But I didn’t know! Now it will be like watching a ghost.
|by Anonymous||reply 61||06/10/2021|
Polly Gray lives on in our hearts.
|by Anonymous||reply 62||06/10/2021|
He looks gayish. Probably gave her the HPV.
|by Anonymous||reply 63||06/10/2021|
Lewis has an off centre chin, like Tyler Posey.
|by Anonymous||reply 64||06/10/2021|
[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.
|by Anonymous||reply 65||06/10/2021|
R60 I’m decomposing as we speak, and still I’m better-looking than you, darl!
|by Anonymous||reply 66||06/11/2021|