Actrice Helen McCrory is op 52-jarige leeftijd na een gevecht met kanker overleden. Ze was vooral bekend van haar rol als Narcissa Malfoy, de moeder van Draco Malfoy (Tom Felton), in de laatste drie Harry Potter-films.
McCrory speelde ook mee in onder meer Stephen Frears’ The Queen, Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, Sam Mendes’ Skyfall en A Little Chaos van haar Harry Potter-collega Alan Rickman met Kate Winslet en Matthias Schoenaerts.
Verder was McCrory te horen in Wes Andersons animatiefilm Fantastic Mr. Fox en te zien in de tv-series Peaky Blinders en Penny Dreadful.
McCrory’s echtgenoot, acteur Damien Lewis (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Band of Brothers), deelde het nieuws van haar overlijden op Twitter.
Verder hebben onder meer Harry Potter-schrijfster J.K. Rowling, The Queen-actrice Helen Mirren en Peaky Blinders-acteur Cillian Murphy op sociale media een laatste groet aan McCrory gebracht.
Een greep uit de reacties:
— Damian Lewis (@lewis_damian) April 16, 2021
I’m devastated to learn of the death of Helen McCrory, an extraordinary actress and a wonderful woman who’s left us far too soon. My deepest condolences to her family, especially her husband and children. Simply heartbreaking news.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) April 16, 2021
We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of our beloved Helen McCrory, who played Narcissa Malfoy with such depth and brilliance in the Harry Potter film series. She was a wonderful actor and a very dear friend; Harry Potter fans will miss her very much. pic.twitter.com/wXexuxFNyG
— Wizarding World (@wizardingworld) April 16, 2021
Helen McCrory as Polly Gray
All our love and thoughts are with Helen’s family.
Rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/HBEg4Hz2Up
— Peaky Blinders (@ThePeakyBlinder) April 16, 2021
“We are devastated to hear of the passing of the extraordinarily talented and gracious Helen McCrory. We were honoured to have worked with her on Skyfall and send our heartfelt condolences to Damian, Manon and Gulliver.” Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. pic.twitter.com/hMSEqle83D
— James Bond (@007) April 16, 2021
We're sad to hear of the death of actor Helen McCrory. As well as fearless Polly Gray in BAFTA-winning Peaky Blinders, she was in 2007 Best Film BAFTA winner The Queen, amongst many other films and TV shows. pic.twitter.com/1CzeIIYfzE
— BAFTA (@BAFTA) April 16, 2021
By all accounts, Helen McCrory was a remarkable woman. By any reckoning, she was an actress of great power and vulnerability. Very sad to hear of her passing.
— Michael McKean (@MJMcKean) April 16, 2021
Unbearable and unbelievable that Helen McCrory has gone. A genuine firecracker with an aching vulnerability. A wonderful actor and a wonderful woman. Thoughts with Damian and family. RIP
— Mark Gatiss 💙 (@Markgatiss) April 16, 2021
Helen McCrory will be remembered not just for her remarkable stage and screen performances, but also for her selflessness and generosity. She and Damian were the motor driving FeedNHS, working tirelessly during the pandemic to raise millions for others. What a tremendous loss.
— Matt Lucas (@RealMattLucas) April 16, 2021