Helen McCrory is a former English actress who had vigorously worked in the entertainment field since 1990. She had enacted in various genres of movies, series, and stage plays. This actress initially started her acting career as a stage artist in Harrogate Theatre. Likewise, she eventually landed roles in television series and films in 1993 and 1994, respectively.

Similarly, this actress is well-known for her roles in big and small screen productions like Harry Potter film series as Narcissa Malfoy, ‘Peaky Blinders’ as Polly Gray, ‘Charlotte Gray’ as Francoise, ‘Fearless’ as Emma Banville, and many more. Moreover, she has also received various nominations and awards for her acting skills to contribute to the industry. Sadly, this actress left the world on 16 April 2021.

Quick Info
Full NameHelen Elizabeth McCrory
Birth Date17 August 1968
Death16 April 2021
Birth PlacePaddington, London, England
Parents NameIain McCrory
Ann (nee Morgans)
Siblings2 younger siblings
SpouseDamian Lewis (2007-Present)
Children2- (1 daughter, 1 Son)
Net Worth$5 million
Height5 feet and 3 inches (160cm/1.6m)
Weight58 kg (128lbs)

Helen McCrory

Where was Helen McCrory born?

Helen’s full name is Helen Elizabeth McCrory, born on 17 August 1968 in Paddington, London, England. She was born as the eldest child of her parents Iain McCrory, a diplomat from Glasgow, and Ann (nee Morgans). Likewise, she grew alongside her two younger siblings, Catherine McCrory and Jon McCrory. Additionally, she holds a Leo star sign.

Where did Helen receive her education?

Helen McCrory attended Queenswood School located near Hatfield, Hertfordshire. She also enrolled at the Drama Centre in London, where she studied acting.

What is the distinctive feature of Helen McCrory?

Helen McCrory holds British nationality, and as per her ethnicity, she belongs to White. However, she has Welsh and Scottish descent.

Besides, she stands 5 feet and 3 inches (160cm/1.6m) and weighs around 58 kg (128lbs). She has a slim body type with dark-brown hair and eye color.

Is McCrory socially active?

Helen McCrory does not have any social media accounts. Though there is an Instagram account (@helenmccroryofficall) with 37.5 thousand followers, it is not verified.

Who is Helen McCrory’s husband?

Helen McCrory tied a knot to actor Damian Lewis on 4 July 2007. This couple together has two children: Manon, born on 8 September 2006, and a son named Gulliver, born on 2 November 2007.

Apart from her love life, she is an honorary patron of the children’s charity Scene & Heard. Likewise, she was appointed as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to drama.

How did Helen McCrory die?

Sadly, she died at her home in London on 16 April 2021 due to cancer. She left the world when she was 52 years old. Her husband announced the death on Twitter.

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How did Helen McCrory begin her career?

Helen McCrory initially started her acting career from the stage plays in 1990. After that, she acted on stage, in TV series, and in films hand in hand. Some of her famous stage plays are ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ in 1990, ‘Pride and Prejudice’ in 1991, ‘Venice Preserved’ in 1994, ‘Macbeth’ in 1995, and ‘Les Enfants Du Paradis’ from 1995 to 1996. Similarly, her recent played plays are ‘Medea’ in a titular role in 2014 and ‘The Deep Blue Sea’ in 2016.


Talking about Helen’s movies, her debut film role came in the 1994 film ‘Interview with the Vampire’, where she played the role of 2nd Whore. The same year, she also played in ‘Uncovered’ as Lola. Likewise, she appeared in ‘Dad Savage in 1998, ‘Hotel Splendide’ in 2000, ‘Charlotte Gray’ in 2001, and ‘The Count of Monte Crist’ in 2002. Moreover, she also had roles in short films like ‘Deep Down,’ ‘Does God Play Football,’ and ‘Normal for Norfolk.’

In 2004 and 2005, she appeared in ‘Enduring Love’ and ‘Casanova’ respectively. Helen was also portrayed as Cherie Blair in the biographical drama film ‘The Queen’ in 2006. It received positive reviews. The following two years, she starred in ‘Becoming Jane’ as Mrs. Radcliffe and in ‘Flashbacks of a Fool’ as Peggy Tickell.

Moreover, Helen McCrory also starred in the last three films of the Harry Potter film series in 2009, 2010, and 2011. She first appeared in the ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’ as Narcissa Malfoy in 2009 and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 and Part 2 in 2010 and 2011. This film had a huge cast which starred famously known actors and actresses like  Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Helena, Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Warwick Davis, Alan Rickman, etc. Meanwhile, she also starred in ‘Hugo’ as Mama Jeanne (Jehanne D’Alcy) in 2011 and ‘Skyfall’ as Clair Dowar MP in 2012.


Furthermore, she also had roles in ‘A Little Chaos’ in 2014, ‘The Woman in Black: Angel of Death,’ and ‘Bill’ in 2015. She then starred in a war comedy-drama film ‘Their Finest’ as Sophie Smith in 2016. The latest film she played is ‘Loving Vincent’, where she played the role of Louise Chevalier in 2017. It starred Robert Gulaczyk, Douglas Booth, Jerome Flynn, Saoirse Ronan, etc.

TV Shows

Helen McCrory landed her debut TV role in an episode of ‘Full Stretch’ in 1993. The same year, she also appeared in ‘Performance’ as Jean Rice. Likewise, her other notable roles during the 1990s are ‘The Fragile Heart’ in 1996, ‘Trial & Retribution’ in 1997, and ‘ Spoonface Steinberg’ in 1998. In 2000, she appeared in two series named ‘Anna Karenina’ in the titular role and ‘North Square’ as Rose Fitzgerald. She also played Mary Freeman in ‘In a Land of Plenty’ in 2001, Rose Davies and Kate Dicken in ‘The Jury’ and ‘Dickens’ in 2002.

Moreover, Helen also starred in ‘Charles II: The Power and The Passion’ as Lady Castlemaine (Barbara Villiers) in 2003. The following year, she appeared in ‘Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking’ as Jenny Vandeleur. Talking more, her other celebrated roles are ‘Messiah 4: The Harrowing’ in 2005, ‘Frankenstein’ in 2007, ‘Life’ in 2009, ‘Doctor Who,’ and ‘The Special relationship’ in 2010.

She also had a voice role in ‘Phineas and Ferb’ in 2011 and played as Lady Clare Rendlesham in ‘ We’ll Take Manhattan’ in 2012. This actress also played in a period crime drama TV series ‘Peaky Blinders’ in 2013 as Polly Gray. This series is still running to date. Her other series are ‘Penny Dreadful,’ ‘Inside No. 9,’ ‘ MotherFatherSon,’ ‘Fearless,’ and ‘His Dark Materials.’ She has also hosted the show ‘Have I Got News For You’ in 2019. Her recently played series is ‘Quiz’ and ‘Roadkill’ in 2020.

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Has Helen won any awards? 

Helen McCrory has received different kinds of awards for her stage plays like the Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards, Shakespeare Globe Awards, Royal Television Society Awards, Broadcasting Press Guild Awards, etc. She had also won the Glamour Awards in 2013. Likewise, she had also received the Critics’ Circle Theatre Award in 2015.

What is the Net Worth of Helen McCrory?

Helen McCrory is one of the popular actresses in the industry. Though she is not with us physically, we will always cherish her acting and her presence. She had an estimated net worth of $5 million at the time of her death.