Helen Elizabeth McCrory, is a British actress.
McCrory portrayed Cherie Blair in both The Queen and The Special Relationship. She also portrayed Françoise in the film Charlotte Gray, Narcissa Malfoy in the final three Harry Potter films, Mama Jeanne in Martin Scorsese's family film Hugo, Clair Dowar in the James Bond film Skyfall, Polly Gray in Peaky Blinders, Emma Banville in Fearless and Kathryn Villiers in MotherFatherSon.
Early lifeMcCrory was born in Paddington in England, UK. Her mother, Ann, is Welsh and her father, Iain McCrory, is a diplomat from Glasgow; they married in 1974. She is the eldest of three children.
She was educated at Queenswood School near Hatfield, Hertfordshire, and then spent a year living in Italy. Upon her return to Britain, she began studying acting at the Drama Centre in London.
CareerMcCrory won Third Prize at the Ian Charleson Awards for her 1993 performance as Rose Trelawny in Trelawny of the 'Wells at the National Theatre. In 2002 she was nominated for a London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actress. 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. In April 2008, she made a "compelling" Rebecca West in a production of Ibsen's Rosmersholm at the Almeida Theatre, London.
She appeared in ', as Barbara Villiers, Countess of Castlemaine, and in supporting roles in such films as Interview with the Vampire, Charlotte Gray, The Count of Monte Cristo, and Casanova. In The Queen she played Cherie Blair, a role she reprised in Peter Morgan's follow-up The Special Relationship.
She appeared in a modernised TV adaptation of Frankenstein. Her first pregnancy forced her to pull out of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, in which she had been cast as Bellatrix Lestrange. McCrory was later cast as Bellatrix's sister Narcissa Malfoy in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, released in July 2009. 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; McCrory's performance was well received by fans of the books. She also played the principal villain role of Rosanna Calvierri in the episode "The Vampires of Venice" of the BBC television series Doctor Who.
McCrory starred 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.
In 2013, McCrory narrated poetry for The Love Book App, an interactive anthology of love literature developed by Allie Byrne Esiri. Again, in 2013 McCrory played 'Lady Macbeth' at the Little Angel Theatre. The same year, she started playing Polly Gray in Peaky Blinders.
In 2014, McCrory played the title role in the National Theatre's production of Medea, directed by Carrie Cracknell. Also in 2014, McCrory made a guest appearance on the TV series Penny Dreadful. She returned as a regular for the show's second season, playing the main antagonist.
In August 2016, McCrory was confirmed to play Emma Banville in ITV drama series Fearless'', which began airing in June 2017.
Personal lifeOn 4 July 2007, McCrory married actor Damian Lewis. They have a daughter, Manon, and a son, Gulliver. They have homes in Tufnell Park, north London, and near Sudbury in Suffolk.
She is an honorary patron of the London children's charity Scene & Heard.
McCrory was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to drama.
During the COVID-19 pandemic McCrory and Lewis supported Feed NHS, a scheme to give food from high street restaurants to NHS staff, and had raised £1m for the charity by early April of that year. The initiative started in London but following its success plans were announced to roll it out to other cities in the UK.
Awards and nominations
|1991||Blood Wedding||Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards||Best Actress|
|1993||Trelawny of the 'Wells||Ian Charleson Award||Best Actress|
|1995||Macbeth||Shakespeare Globe Awards||Richard Burton Award For Most Promising Newcomer|
|1995||Streetlife||Monte-Carlo Television Festival||Best Actress|
|1995||Streetlife||Royal Television Society||Best Actress|
|1997||Streetlife||BAFTA Cymru||Best Actress|
|1997||The Fragile Heart||London Film Critics' Circle||Actress of the Year|
|2001||North Square||London Film Critics' Circle||Best Actress|
|2001||North Square||Broadcasting Press Guild Awards||Best Actress|
|2002||Uncle Vanya||Evening Standard Theatre Awards||Best Actress|
|2003||Uncle Vanya||Drama Desk Awards||Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play|
|2003||Uncle Vanya||WhatsOnStage Awards||Best Actress in a Play|
|2004||'||Satellite Awards||Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film|
|2005||'||L.A. Television Awards||Best Actress|
|2006||As You Like It||WhatsOnStage Awards||Best Actress in a Play|
|2006||As You Like It||Laurence Olivier Award||Best Actress|
|2007||'||London Film Critics' Circle||Supporting Actress of the Year|
|2008||Rosmersholm||Evening Standard Theatre Awards||Best Actress (longlisted]|
|2011||The Late Middle Classes||WhatsOnStage Awards||Best Actress in a Play|
|2012||The Late Middle Classes||Royal Television Society||Best Actress|
|2012||Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows–Part 2||Gold Derby Awards||Ensemble Cast|
|2012||The Last of the Haussmans||Evening Standard Theatre Awards||Best Actress|
|2013||The Last of the Haussmans||Glamour Awards||Theatre Actress of the Year|
|2013||The Last of the Haussmans||WhatsOnStage Awards||Best Supporting Actress in a Play|
|2013||The Last of the Haussmans||Laurence Olivier Award||Best Actress in a Supporting Role|
|2014||Peaky Blinders||Biarritz International Festival of Audiovisual Programming||TV Series and Serials: Actress|
|2014||Peaky Blinders||Crime Thriller Awards||Best Supporting Actress|
|2014||Medea||Evening Standard Theatre Awards||Best Actress|
|2015||Medea||Critics' Circle Theatre Award||Best Actress|
|2015||Penny Dreadful season 2||Satellite Awards||Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film|
|2016||Penny Dreadful season 2||Critics' Choice Television Award||Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series|
|2016||The Deep Blue Sea||Evening Standard Theatre Awards||Best Actress|
|2016||The Deep Blue Sea''||WhatsOnStage Awards||Best Actress in a Play|