On April 16, British actress Helen McCrory passed away at the age of 52 after a brave fight against cancer. Fans of the respected thespian around the world were shocked and saddened by the loss.
While she may be known as Aunt Polly to Peaky Blinders fans and Narcissa Malfoy to the Harry Potter universe, to fellow British actor Damian Lewis, McCrory was a loving wife. After he made the heartbreaking announcement of her death via his Twitter account, he penned a heartwarming tribute piece on The Sunday Times.
In his 1,000-word article, he talked about how his late wife “has been utterly heroic in her illness” and that she had shone more brightly in the last months of her life “than you would imagine even the brighter star could shine.”
He also said that McCrory was one to consciously spread happiness, and to say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ and ‘you’re so kind’ as often as she could. Even in her half-delirious state, McCrory was said to be very grateful to her carers.
He expounded on McCrory’s ability to make anyone feel special as if the person she was conversing with was the only person in the room, and that she was funny as well. In the final months of her life, McCrory had tried to normalize her death and acted with no bitterness, self-pity, and fear.
“I’m staggered by her. She’s been a meteor in our life,” he wrote sweetly. The couple met on stage at London’s Almeida Theatre in 2003 and had gotten married in 2007. They share two children together.
Despite her personal battles, BBC.com shared that McCrory and Lewis raised over a million pounds in 2020 in order to provide NHS workers with meals from high street restaurants during the pressures of the coronavirus pandemic. What a lovely testament to how she was a person. It’s no wonder why she’s adored by so many people.