The actress has passed away after 'heroic battle' with cancer, husband Damian Lewis confirmed in a statement minutes ago. The 'beautiful and mighty' actress, who played Polly Gray in hit crime series Peaky Blinders and Narcissa Malfoy in the Potter franchise, died at home while surrounded by 'peace and love'. Read more about this tragedy, below.
In a moving tribute on Twitter, Lewis said:
'I'm heartbroken to announce that after a heroic battle with cancer, the beautiful and mighty woman that is Helen McCrory has died peacefully at home, surrounded by a wave of love from friends and family.
'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.'
The family had not publicly announced the news of her illness. McCrory was born in Paddington, London, to a Welsh mother and Scottish-born father and was the eldest of three children.
She attended school in Hertfordshire, then spent a year living in Italy, before returning to London to study acting at the Drama Centre.
McCrory and Lewis married in 2007 and share a daughter Manon, born in 2006, and son Gulliver, born in 2007.
The couple fell in love when they were both cast in the play Five Gold Rings at the off-West End Almeida Theatre back in 2003.
The couple were last seen during an appearance on Good Morning Britain last month, where they appeared to speak about their charity work for the Prince's Trust and the Prince's Trust Awards.
Her passing comes after she joined Damian on the BBC Coronavirus Newscast podcast to discuss the difficulties she's been feeling in the pandemic.
'We're all doing our bit and not going out. But you feel responsible, you know you're watching the news, we're all reading it, we're all finding out what's happening over the world, and it's so overwhelming...
'It sort of seems, as Damian says, it's fantastical. You think you're absolutely fine, you're pottering along, you're coping with it. Cleaning, cooking, cleaning, cooking, cleaning, cooking. And you suddenly burst into tears.
'And it's this fear, and it's the vulnerability coming out, and then you pick yourself up and you go along again as if nothing happened. And it's very surreal.'
The couple is known for their philanthropic efforts and have dedicated much of their time to charity work.
In September 2019, they were on hand to help honor finance workers killed on September 11 attacks, as they took calls on behalf of their chosen charity Cure EB.
Last year, they held a fundraiser in which they hoped to raise $1million to give hot meals to busy NHS staff who are working tirelessly during the coronavirus crisis.
On the fundraiser, she said at the time: 'So we decided that we wanted to try and get food to these people who were working such long hours and weren't able to.
'So we phoned a man called John Vincent, who's at Leon, and he was already interested, and already trying to help the NHS.