Helen McCrory

Helen McCrory

Movie Actress

Helen Elizabeth McCrory OBE was an English actress. After studying at the Drama Centre London, she made her stage debut in The Importance of Being Earnest in 1990. Other stage roles include playing Lady Macbeth in Macbeth at Shakespeare's Globe, Olivia in Twelfth Night and Rosalind in As You Like It in the West End.

Full Name
Aug 17, 1968
Apr 16, 2021
5′ 4″
Net Worth


Helen Elizabeth McCrory, OBE was born on August 17, 1968 in London, England. She is the daughter of Iain and Anne McCrory and has three siblings. She attended Queenswood School near Hatfield and studied at Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London.

McCrory began her acting career appearing in stage productions such as "The Cherry Orchard," "A Midsummer Night's Dream," and "Les Liaisons Dangereuses." In 2002, she made her debut on television with a role in the British TV series "Foyle's War." Her first major film role was that of Cherie Blair in The Queen (2006). In 2008, she starred alongside Daniel Craig in the James Bond film Quantum of Solace. 

In 2011, McCrory received critical acclaim for her performance as Cherie Blair in Stephen Frears' feature The Queen plus Best Actress nomination at the British Independent Film Awards. She followed this up with roles in Hugo (2011), Anna Karenina (2012), Skyfall (2012), and Love Actually (2003). In 2013, she was cast as Narcissa Malfoy in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. 

In recent years, Helen McCrory has appeared as Aunt Polly Gray on BBC One's Peaky Blinders since 2013 and as Clair Dowar MP on Sky Atlantic's drama series Brexit: The Uncivil War since 2019. McCrory was nominated for a BAFTA TV Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Clair Dowar MP. She also won an Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Last of the Haussmans at National Theatre. 

McCrory is married to actor Damian Lewis with whom she has two children.

Life Timeline

<div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1968</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Helen McCrory is Born</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">On August 17, 1968, Helen McCrory was born in London, England.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1996</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">National Theatre Debut</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Helen makes her National Theatre debut in the production of The Seagull.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2002</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Film Debut in "Charlotte Gray"</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">McCrory's feature film debut was in Charlotte Gray opposite Cate Blanchett.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2006</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Cast as Narcissa Malfoy in Harry Potter Films</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Cast as Narcissa Malfoy in the last 3 installments of the Harry Potter Film Series.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2008</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Marries Actor Damian Lewis</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Married actor Damian Lewis at the Old Marylebone Town Hall in London.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2016</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Nominated for BAFTA Award</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Nominated for a BAFTA award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film Their Finest.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2020</p><h3 id="" class "timeline-title">Last Appearance in Peaky Blinders</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Makes her final appearance in the popular BBC series Peaky Blinders.</p></div>

Why We Love Them

<div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">A.</span> She's a Versatile Actress</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Helen McCrory is a highly versatile actress, able to portray a wide range of characters and emotions. From her riveting performance as Narcissa Malfoy in the Harry Potter films, to her more recent roles in Peaky Blinders and Skyfall, she always manages to bring something unique and captivating to every role.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">B.</span> She's an Inspiring Role Model</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Helen McCrory is an inspiring role model for aspiring actresses everywhere. She’s been in the industry for decades, yet still finds new and exciting ways to challenge herself as an actress. Her passion and drive are an inspiration to all.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">C.</span> She's a Humanitarian</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Helen McCrory is also an avid philanthropist and humanitarian. She regularly donates her time and money to charitable causes both in the UK and abroad, such as UNICEF, the NSPCC, and Save the Children. Her dedication to making the world a better place is admirable.</p></div>

Interesting Facts

<div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">1.</span> First British Actress to Play a Bond Villain</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Helen McCrory was the first British actress to play a Bond villain when she portrayed the character of Narcissa Malfoy in the Harry Potter film series.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">2.</span> Trained at The Webber Douglas Academy </h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Helen McCrory trained at The Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Acting.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">3.</span> Appeared in Numerous Movies and Television Productions</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Helen McCrory has appeared in numerous movies and television productions over the last 30 years, including roles in Skyfall, Peaky Blinders, and The Queen’s Gambit.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">4.</span> Married to Actor Damian Lewis</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Helen McCrory is married to actor Damian Lewis, known for his roles in Homeland, Band of Brothers, and Billions. They have two children together.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">5.</span> Credits Her Success to Hard Work</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">In interviews, Helen McCrory has credited her success to hard work and determination. She has said that she believes that “if you want something bad enough, you can make it happen.”</p></div>


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