Helen McCrory ‘s husband Damian Lewis spoke of his love for her in a heartbreaking statement following her sudden death
The Peaky Blinders and James Bond star was just 52 when she died at her home, surrounded by loved ones.
Damian, a fellow actor, shared the tragic news in a heartfelt statement, in which he spoke of his love and admiration for her.
He penned: “I’m heartbroken to announce that after a 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.”
He added: “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.”
Damian’s fans rushed to offer their condolences.
One wrote: “This is utterly heartbreaking news. She was fantastic in everything she did”
Another told him: “I am so sorry for you and your family’s loss. I had the pleasure of meeting your wife twice and she was such a wonderful person and lighted up my life in a dark time. Condolences to you all”
A third penned: “Stunned and so incredibly saddened by this news. Helen was beautiful and staggeringly talented. She is a great loss not only to you, as her beloved husband, and family but to the world. There will never be another Helen McCrory. Thank you and God bless you Helen.”
Damian and Helen married in 2007 and welcomed two children together – daughter Manon, 14, and son Gulliver, 13.
Helen and her husband, Homeland star Damian, were huge supporters of charity in their spare time, and together raised more than £1 million for Feed NHS at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.
As well as appearing in several big movies, Helen was also a regular on TV screens, recently starring in ITV drama Quiz, based on the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire coughing scandal.
Helen had last appeared on TV on March 12, when she was seen on Good Morning Britain with Damian as they chatted about their charity work.
The star was the original choice for Bellatrix Lestrange in the Harry Potter films, but she ended up pulling out of the role when she fell pregnant.
The role went to Helena Bonham Carter instead, and Helen later joined the cast as Bellatrix’s sister Narcissa Malfoy for the Deathly Hallows Parts 1 and 2.
She had treaded the boards as a renowned theatre actress for years, but it was her portrayal of Cherie Blair in 2006’s The Queen which made her a household name.