Helen McCrory

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Helen McCrory
BornHelen Elizabeth McCrory
(1968-08-17) 17 August 1968 (age 45)
London, England
Years active1990–present
Spouse(s)Damian Lewis (m. 2007)
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Helen McCrory
BornHelen Elizabeth McCrory
(1968-08-17) 17 August 1968 (age 45)
London, England
Years active1990–present
Spouse(s)Damian Lewis (m. 2007)

Helen Elizabeth McCrory[1][2] (born 17 August 1968) is a British actress. She portrayed Cherie Blair in both the 2006 film The Queen and the 2010 film The Special Relationship. She also portrayed Narcissa Malfoy in the final three Harry Potter films. In 2011, she starred in Martin Scorsese's family mystery film Hugo as Mama Jeanne and as Clair Dowar in the James Bond film, Skyfall.

Early life[edit]

McCrory was born in Paddington, London. Her mother, Anne (née Morgans), is Welsh, and her father, Iain McCrory, is a Glasgow-born diplomat.[3] She is the eldest of three children. She was educated at Queenswood, a Hertfordshire boarding school, after which she spent a year living in Italy. Upon her return to Britain, she began studying acting at the Drama Centre in London.[4]


In 2002, McCrory was nominated for a London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actress (for playing Elena in Chekhov's Uncle Vanya at the Donmar Warehouse).[citation needed] She was later nominated for a 2006 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for her role as Rosalind in As You Like It in London's West End.[citation needed] In April 2008, she made a "compelling" Rebecca West in a production of Ibsen's Rosmersholm at the Almeida Theatre, London.[5]

She appeared in Charles II: The Power and The Passion (2003), as Barbara Villiers, Countess of Castlemaine, and in supporting roles in such films as Interview with the Vampire (1994), Charlotte Gray (2001), The Count of Monte Cristo (2002), and Casanova (2005). In The Queen (2006) she played Cherie Blair, a role she reprised in Peter Morgan's follow-up The Special Relationship.[6]

She appeared in a modernised TV adaptation of Frankenstein's Monster, simply called Frankenstein. Her first pregnancy forced her to pull out of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007), in which she had been cast as Bellatrix Lestrange. (She was replaced by Helena Bonham Carter.) However, McCrory later played Bellatrix's sister Narcissa Malfoy in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, released in July 2009.[7][8] McCrory reprised her role in the final films, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2. She also played the principle villain role of Rosanna Calvierri in the episode "The Vampires of Venice" of the BBC television show Doctor Who.

McCrory was to appear in The Last of the Haussmans at the Royal National Theatre, which began 12 June 2012. The production was broadcast to cinemas around the world on 11 October 2012 through the National Theatre Live programme.[9]

In 2013 McCrory narrated poetry for The Love Book App, an interactive anthology of love literature developed by Allie Byrne Esiri.[10]

Again, in 2013 McCrory played 'Lady Macbeth' at the Little Angel Theatre.

Personal life[edit]

On 4 July 2007, McCrory married actor Damian Lewis. They have a daughter, Manon (b. 8 September 2006), and a son, Gulliver (b. 2 November 2007).[11] They live in Tufnell Park, London, and Los Angeles. She is an Honorary Patron of the London children's charity Scene & Heard.[12]


YearTitleRoleOther notes
1993Full StretchVicki GoodallOne Episode – "Risky Business"
1993PerformanceJean RiceOne Episode – "The Entertainer"
1994Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles2nd Whore
1995StreetlifeJoBAFTA Cymru Award for Best Actress
1996Fragile Heart, TheThe Fragile HeartNicola Pascoe
1996Witness Against HitlerFreya von Moltke
1997James Gang, TheThe James GangBernadette James
1997Trial & RetributionAnita Harris
1998Spoonface SteinbergMother
1998Stand and DeliverChristina
1998Dad SavageChris
1999Split SecondAngie Anderson
2000Anna KareninaAnna KareninaMiniseries
2000Hotel SplendideLorna Bull
2000North SquareRose Fitzgerald8 episodes
Broadcasting Press Guild Award for Best Actress
2001In a Land of PlentyMary FreemanMiniseries
2001Charlotte GrayFrancoise
2002Count of Monte Cristo, TheThe Count of Monte CristoValentina Villefort
2002Jury, TheThe JuryRose DaviesMiniseries
2002DickensKate Dickens
2002Deep DownDana
2002Dead GorgeousAntonia Ashton
2002Uncle VanyaYelenaStage production
2003Does God Play FootballSarah Ward
2003Lucky JimMargaret PeelTelevision film
2003Charles II: The Power and The PassionBarbara VilliersNominated: Satellite Award
2004Enduring LoveMrs. Logan
2004Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk StockingMrs. Vandeleur
2004Old TimesAnnaStage production
2005MessiahDr. Rachel Price
2005CasanovaCasanova's Mother
2006Normal for NorfolkClare
2006Queen, TheThe QueenCherie BlairNominated: ALFS Award
2006As You Like ItRosalindStage production
2007Becoming JaneMrs. Radcliffe
2007FrankensteinDr. Victoria Frankenstein
2008Flashbacks of a FoolPeggy Tickell
2009Harry Potter and the Half-Blood PrinceNarcissa Malfoy
2009Fantastic Mr. FoxMrs. BeanVoice role
2009LifeMickey Rayborn's security specialist Amanda PuryerTelevision series
2010Doctor WhoRosanna CalvierriOne episode - "The Vampires of Venice"
20104.3.2.1Mrs. Jones
2010Special Relationship, TheThe Special RelationshipCherie Blair
2010Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1Narcissa Malfoy
2011Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2Narcissa Malfoy
2011HugoMama Jeanne
2012We'll Take ManhattanLady Clare RendleshamTelevision film
2012LeavingJulie RanmoreLead role
2012SkyfallClair Dowar
2012Flying BlindFrankieLead role
2012The Cable Club (Soho)StellaShort film
2013Peaky BlindersAunt Polly GrayTelevision series
2013To AppomattoxJulia GrantMini series
2014A Little ChaosMadame Le Notre
2014Penny DreadfulMadame KaliTelevision series
2014Inside No. 9TabithaOne episode - "The Harrowing"
2014Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like ThisMary KayTelevision film


  1. ^ Births, Marriages & Deaths Index of England & Wales, 1916–2005.; at ancestry.com
  2. ^ "Mrs Damian Lewis, professionally known as Ms Helen McCrory Authorised Biography – Debrett's People of Today, Mrs Damian Lewis, professionally known as Ms Helen McCrory Profile". Debretts.com. 17 August 1968. Retrieved 2 October 2011. 
  3. ^ Lee, The. "Helen McCrory profile". thescotsman.com. Retrieved 2 October 2011. 
  4. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0567031/
  5. ^ Spencer, Charles (27 May 2008). "Rosmersholm: passions lost in the gloom". London: The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 4 May 2010. 
  6. ^ Bamigboye, Baz (16 January 2009). "Why Gordon's so camera shy". Daily Mail (London). 
  7. ^ Adler, Shawn (12 November 2007). 'Harry Potter' Cast Grows: Helen McCrory Joins 'Half-Blood Prince'. MTV. Retrieved 2 April 2008. 
  8. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Narcissa cast in Potter 6". Newsround. 9 November 2007. Retrieved 9 November 2007. 
  9. ^ "The Last of the Haussmans" at National Theatre web site
  10. ^ http://www.iliterature.net/thelovebook/#the-actors
  11. ^ "''The Mirror'' article". Mirror.co.uk. Retrieved 2 October 2011. 
  12. ^ "Who We Are". Scene & Heard. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 

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