Entertainment Helen McCrory: Peaky Blinders and Harry Potter star has just died aged 52
Peaky Blinders: Why Helen McCrory initially turned down Aunt Polly role ‘I was like no'
HELEN MCCRORY almost turned down the role of Aunt Polly in Peaky Blinders due to her Scottish heritage and migrant ancestry she admitted.Peaky Blinders follows a gangster family of Irish and Romani travellers in Birmingham.
Helen McCrory, known for starring in Peaky Blinders and Harry Potter, has just died aged 52.
Helen McCrory has died from cancer aged 52, her "heartbroken" husband Damian Lewis has said.
The "beautiful and mighty" actress, who was known for starring in hit crime drama Peaky Blinders and James Bond film Skyfall, died peacefully at home, he said.
In a tweet on Friday afternoon, Mr Lewis wrote: "I'm heartbroken to announce that after an heroic battle with cancer, the beautiful and mighty woman that is Helen McCrory has died peacefully at home, surrounded by a wave of love from friends and family.
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Her husband Damian Lewis revealed on Friday that McCrory had died.The actor labelled his Peaky Blinders co-star as a “beautiful, caring, funny compassionate human being”.
"She died as she lived. Fearlessly. God we love her and know how lucky we are to have had her in our lives. She blazed so brightly. Go now Little One, into the air, and thank you."
McCrory was born in Paddington, London, to a Welsh mother and Scottish-born father and was the eldest of three children.
She attended school in Hertfordshire, then spent a year living in Italy, before returning to London to study acting at the Drama Centre.
McCrory and Lewis married in 2007 and share a daughter Manon, born in 2006, and son Gulliver, born in 2007.
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