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‘Peaky Blinders’ star, ‘Harry Potter’ villain


British actor Helen Mccrory, who starred in the television show Peaky Blinders and the Harry Potter movies, has died, her husband said Friday. She was 52 and had been suffering from cancer.

Her husband, fellow actor Damian Lewis, said Mccrory died “peacefully at home” after a “heroic battle with cancer.”

“She died as she lived. Fearlessly,” Lewis wrote on Twitter. “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 one of Britain’s most respected actors, making her mark by playing a succession of formidable and sometimes fearsome women.

She played the matriarch of a crime family on Peaky Blinders and the scheming Voldemort ally Narcissa Malfoy in the Harry Potter movies.

Cillian Murphy, who plays the central role of gangland boss Tommy Shelby in Peaky Blinders, set in the early 20thcentur­y English underworld, said he was “brokenhear­ted to lose such a dear friend.” “She elevated and made humane every scene, every character she played,” Murphy said.

Mccrory also starred as a human rights lawyer dragged into internatio­nal intrigue in the TV thriller Fearless, played lawyer Cherie Blair, wife of British Prime Minister Tony Blair, in the 2006 movie The Queen, and had roles in Martin Scorsese’s film Hugo and the James Bond thriller Skyfall. Onstage, Mccrory’s roles included the vengeful Greek heroine “Medea” at the National Theatre in 2014. At the same theater, she excelled as a woman caught between a dull husband and a feckless lover in Terence Rattigan’s “The Deep Blue Sea” in 2016.

Mccrory and Lewis, star of the TV series Homeland and Billions, married in 2007 and had two children.

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