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      Helen McCrory

      Helen McCrory

      Highest Rated: 97% The Queen (2006)

      Lowest Rated: 24% The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death (2014)

      Birthday: Aug 17, 1968

      Birthplace: London, England, UK

      British actress Helen McCrory's celebrated career on the English stage led to award-winning performances on UK television and supporting turns as a wide variety of memorable, often sensuous women in features like "The Queen" (2006), "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" (2007) and "Skyfall" (2012) before making a splash on American television in "Penny Dreadful" (Showtime, 2014-16). Born Helen Elizabeth McCrory on August 17, 1968 in London, England, she was the eldest of three children by Scottish diplomat Iain McCrory and her mother, physiotherapist Anne McCrory, who hailed from Wales. Due to her father's position, she spent a portion of her childhood abroad in far-flung places like Norway, Cameroon, and Madagascar, before attending the Queenswood School, a girls-only boarding school in Hertfordshire. At 17, she applied to the Drama Centre in London, but was urged to "go and live a bit" by the administration, which prompted more travels to Italy and Thailand, among other places. Upon her return, McCrory was accepted into the Centre and graduated in 1990, after which she began an impressive and award-winning string of appearances on London stages in both classical and modern productions. She made her first television appearances in 1993, with her movie debut coming a year later in "Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles" (1994). McCrory's breakout performance as a young Welsh woman dealing with an unwanted pregnancy in "Streetlife" (BBC, 1995) earned her Best Actress Awards from BAFTA Cyrmu (Welsh BAFTA) and the Royal Television Society; by the following year, she was headlining television projects like "The Fragile Heart" (1996) and the 2000 adaptation of "Anna Karenina" (Channel 4/PBS, 2000/2001). International audiences slowly became aware of her talents in the early 2000s thanks to appearances in features like "Charlotte Gray" (2001) with Cate Blanchett and as Barbara Villiers, the notorious mistress of Charles II (Rufus Sewell) in "Charles II: The Power and The Passion" (BBC One), which earned her a Satellite Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. McCrory also maintained a consistent and celebrated presence on the British stage, including a turn as Rosalind in a West End production of "As You Like It" that brought her a 2006 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award nomination. In 2006, she married actor Damian Lewis and gave birth to the first of their two children; her pregnancy forced her to pull out of the role of Bellatrix Lestrange in "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" (2007), but she returned to the fantasy franchise for its last three installments ("Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," 2009, and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part I," 2010 and "Part II," 2011) as Narcissa Malfoy, Lestrange's sister and the wife and mother, respectively, of key villains Lucius and Draco Malfoy. McCrory also scored a critical triumph as Cherie Blair, wife of British Prime Minister Tony Blair, in "The Queen" (2006), and reprised the role in "The Special Relationship" (HBO/BBC, 2009). The success of these and other performances gave McCrory's screen profile a considerable boost, and she was soon featured in major productions like Martin Scorsese's "Hugo" (2011) and the James Bond adventure "Skyfall" (2012). She remained faithful to the stage, earning critical praise as Medea in a 2014 production for the National Theatre, and continued to play complex female roles on television, most notably in the period gangster drama series "Peaky Blinders" (BBC Two, 2013) and "Penny Dreadful" (Showtime, 2014-16) as Evelyn Poole, a spiritualist who secretly heads a coven of witches. Helen McCrory died on April 16, 2021 at the age of 52.

      Highest rated movies

      The Queen
      Hugo Skyfall Their Finest
      Bill
      Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
      The Special Relationship
      Enduring Love

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      Helen McCrory COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO, James Frain, Helen McCrory, Jim Caviezel, 2002 (c) Walt Disney CASANOVA, Helen McCrory, Leigh Lawson, Lena Olin, Paddy Ward, Sienna Miller, Heath Ledger, 2005, (c) Touchstone THE WOMAN IN BLACK 2 ANGEL OF DEATH, (aka THE WOMAN IN BLACK: ANGEL OF DEATH), Helen McCrory, 2015. ph: Nick Wall/©Relativity Media DAD SAVAGE, Helen McCrory, 1998. ©Polygram Filmed Entertainment FLASHBACKS OF A FOOL, Helen McCrory, 2008. ©Buena Vista Pictures BILL, Ben Willbond as King Phillip II of Spain (breastplate), Helen McCrory as Queen Elizabeth I, 2015. © Fathom Events Peaky Blinders, Helen McCrory, 'Season 1', 09/30/2014, ©NETFLIX Peaky Blinders, Helen McCrory, 'Season 1', 09/30/2014, ©NETFLIX Peaky Blinders, Helen McCrory, 'Season 2', ©NETFLIX THE WOMAN IN BLACK 2 ANGEL OF DEATH, (aka THE WOMAN IN BLACK: ANGEL OF DEATH), from left: Helen McCrory, Phoebe Fox, 2015. ph: Nick Wall/©Relativity Media SKYFALL, Helen McCrory, 2012. ph: Francois Duhamel/©Columbia Pictures HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE, from left: Alan Rickman, Helena Bonham Carter, Helen McCrory, 2009. ©Warner Bros. HOTEL SPLENDIDE, Helen McCrory, Stephen Tomkinson, 2000 A LITTLE CHAOS, Helen McCrory, 2014. ph: Alex Bailey/©Focus World CASANOVA, Helen McCrory, Leigh Lawson, Jeremy Irons, 2005, (c) Touchstone HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE, from left: Helen McCrory, director David Yates, Alan Rickman, on set, 2009. ©Warner Bros THE QUEEN, Michael Sheen as Prime Minister Tony Blair, Helen McCrory as his wife, Cherie Blair, 2006. ©Miramax A LITTLE CHAOS, Helen McCrory, 2014. ph: Alex Bailey/©Focus World BECOMING JANE, Helen McCrory, 2007. ©Miramax

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      71% 93% Charlotte Paula Lindberg-Salomon (Voice) - 2021
      85% 86% Loving Vincent Louise Chevalier (Voice) $6.5M 2017
      90% 72% Their Finest Sophie Smith (Character) $3.6M 2016
      90% 60% Bill Queen Elizabeth I (Character) - 2015
      49% 49% A Little Chaos Madame Le Nôtre (Character) $551.6K 2014
      24% 24% The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death Jean Hogg (Character) $26.5M 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This Mary Kay (Character) - 2014
      No Score Yet 50% We'll Take Manhattan Lady Clare Rendlesham (Character) - 2012
      50% 43% Flying Blind Frankie (Character) - 2012
      92% 86% Skyfall Clair Dowar (Character) $304.4M 2012
      93% 78% Hugo Mama Jeanne (Character) $73.8M 2011
      83% 64% The Special Relationship Cherie Blair (Character) - 2010
      93% 85% Fantastic Mr. Fox Mrs. Bean (Voice) $21.0M 2009
      84% 78% Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Narcissa Malfoy (Character) $302.0M 2009
      41% 51% Flashbacks of a Fool Peggy Tickell (Character) $1.0K 2008
      No Score Yet 11% Frankenstein Dr. Victoria Frankenstein (Character) - 2007
      97% 76% The Queen Cherie Blair (Character) $56.4M 2006
      45% 57% Casanova Casanova's mother (Character) $11.3M 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Messiah: The Harrowing Unknown (Character) - 2005
      No Score Yet 88% The Last King Barbara Villiers, Countess of Castlemaine (Character) - 2004
      59% 60% Enduring Love Mrs. Logan (Character) $358.3K 2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Carla Carla (Character) - 2003
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dead Gorgeous Antonia Ashton (Character) - 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lucky Jim Margaret Peel (Character) - 2002
      33% 62% Charlotte Gray Francoise (Character) $668.1K 2001
      No Score Yet 82% Hotel Splendide Lorna Bull (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet 14% Split Second Angie Anderson (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet 54% Dad Savage Chris (Character) - 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The James Gang Bernadette James (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Trial and Retribution Anita Harris (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fragile Heart Nicola Pascoe (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Witness Against Hitler Freya von Moltke (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet 45% Uncovered Lola (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Streetlife Jo (Character) - 1994

      TV

      Credit
      68% 73% Roadkill Dawn Ellison (Character) 2020
      84% 82% His Dark Materials Stelmaria (Dæmon Voice) (Voice) 2019
      93% 93% Peaky Blinders Aunt Polly (Character) 2013-2014 2016-2017 2019
      50% 80% MotherFatherSon Kathryn (Character) 2019
      73% 95% Fearless Emma Banville (Character) 2017
      91% 90% Penny Dreadful Madame Kali (Guest Star) 2014
      100% 90% Inside No. 9 Unknown (Character) 2014
      90% 65% Doctor Who Rosanna (Guest Star) 2010
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mystery! Unknown (Character) 2003
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Masterpiece Theatre Unknown (Character) 2001-2003
      No Score Yet No Score Yet North Square Rose Fitzgerald (Character) 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fragile Heart Nicola Pascoe (Character) 1996