Helen McCory has sadly passed away at the age of 52, just five weeks after appearing on Good Morning Britain alongside her husband Damian Lewis.
Damian, 50, took to Twitter on Friday 16 April to confirm the tragic news and paid tribute to his “beautiful” wife Helen.
In a heartbreaking statement confirming her death, Lewis wrote: “I’m heartbroken to announce that after a heroic battle with cancer, the beautiful and mighty woman that is Helen McCrory has died peacefully as 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.”
On March 12, Helen and Damian spoke to Ben Shephard and Kate Garraway via video link on Good Morning Britain about the role as ambassadors for the Prince’s Trust.
Wearing a brown and white polka dot blouse, Helen appeared in good spirits as she spoke about how the charity has continued during the pandemic.
At one point, Kate asked her: “Are you alright Helen? You sound a bit croaky, have you got a sore throat?”
Helen jokingly replied: “No, I’ve got children! Thank you for asking.”
“You’ve been shouting at them!” Kate laughed, as Helen continued: “And no make-up artist and no hairdresser! So if there’s young person out there who would like a bit of help, phone up Prince’s Trust and then come straight over here!”
Viewers tuning in were shocked to discover that Helen doesn’t speak like her Peaky Blinders character Polly in real life.
“Just realised I’ve never heard Helen McRory’s real voice only her acting voices… mind blown,” one Peaky Blinders fan commented on Twitter.
A second added: “Is that really Polly #PeakyBlinders squeaky voice @GMB She sounds like the queen!”
Helen starred in Peaky Blinders as sassy Aunt Polly ever since the drama began back in 2013.
She was also known for her role as Narcissa Malfoy in the final three Harry Potter films and Evelyn Poole in Penny Dreadful.
Helen is survived by her husband Damain and their two children, Manon and Gulliver.