Helen McCrory

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Helen McCrory
Born Helen Elizabeth McCrory
(1968-08-17) 17 August 1968 (age 46)
London, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 1990–present
Spouse(s) Damian Lewis (m. 2007)
Children 2

Helen Elizabeth McCrory[1][2] (born 17 August 1968) is a British actress. She portrayed Cherie Blair in both the 2006 film The Queen and the 2010 film The Special Relationship. She also portrayed Narcissa Malfoy in the final three Harry Potter films. In 2011, she starred in Martin Scorsese's family mystery film Hugo as Mama Jeanne and as Clair Dowar in the James Bond film, Skyfall.

Early life[edit]

McCrory was born in Paddington, London. Her mother, Anne (née Morgans), is Welsh, and her father, Iain McCrory, is a Glasgow-born diplomat.[3] She is the eldest of three children. She was educated at Queenswood, a Hertfordshire boarding school, after which she spent a year living in Italy. Upon her return to Britain, she began studying acting at the Drama Centre in London.[4]


McCrory won Third Prize at the Ian Charleson Awards for her 1993 performance as Rose Trelawny in Trelawny of the 'Wells' at the National Theatre.[5] In 2002 she was nominated for a London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actress (for playing Elena in Chekhov's Uncle Vanya at the Donmar Warehouse).[citation needed] 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.[citation needed] In April 2008, she made a "compelling" Rebecca West in a production of Ibsen's Rosmersholm at the Almeida Theatre, London.[6]

She appeared in Charles II: The Power and The Passion (2003), as Barbara Villiers, Countess of Castlemaine, and in supporting roles in such films as Interview with the Vampire (1994), Charlotte Gray (2001), The Count of Monte Cristo (2002), and Casanova (2005). In The Queen (2006) she played Cherie Blair, a role she reprised in Peter Morgan's follow-up The Special Relationship.[7]

She appeared in a modernised TV adaptation of Frankenstein's Monster, simply called Frankenstein. Her first pregnancy forced her to pull out of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007), in which she had been cast as Bellatrix Lestrange (she was replaced by Helena Bonham Carter). McCrory was later cast as Bellatrix's sister Narcissa Malfoy in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, released in July 2009.[8][9] 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 show 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.[10]

In 2013 McCrory narrated poetry for The Love Book App, an interactive anthology of love literature developed by Allie Byrne Esiri.[11] Again, in 2013 McCrory played 'Lady Macbeth' at the Little Angel Theatre.

In 2014, McCrory is playing the titular character in the National Theatre's production of Medea.

Personal life[edit]

On 4 July 2007, McCrory married actor Damian Lewis. They have a daughter, Manon (b. 8 September 2006), and a son, Gulliver (b. 2 November 2007).[12] They live in Tufnell Park, London, and Los Angeles. She is an Honorary Patron of the London children's charity Scene & Heard.[13]


Year Title Role Other notes
1993 Trelawny of the 'Wells' Rose Trelawny National Theatre
McCrory won the Ian Charleson Award Third Prize
1993 Full Stretch Vicki Goodall One Episode – "Risky Business"
1993 Performance Jean Rice One Episode – "The Entertainer"
1994 Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles 2nd Whore
1994 Uncovered Lola
1995 Streetlife Jo BAFTA Cymru Award for Best Actress
1996 Fragile Heart, TheThe Fragile Heart Nicola Pascoe
1996 Witness Against Hitler Freya von Moltke
1997 James Gang, TheThe James Gang Bernadette James
1997 Trial & Retribution Anita Harris
1998 Spoonface Steinberg Mother
1998 Stand and Deliver Christina
1998 Dad Savage Chris
1999 Split Second Angie Anderson
2000 Anna Karenina Anna Karenina Miniseries
2000 Hotel Splendide Lorna Bull
2000 North Square Rose Fitzgerald 8 episodes
Broadcasting Press Guild Award for Best Actress
2001 In a Land of Plenty Mary Freeman Miniseries
2001 Charlotte Gray Francoise
2002 Count of Monte Cristo, TheThe Count of Monte Cristo Valentina Villefort
2002 Jury, TheThe Jury Rose Davies Miniseries
2002 Dickens Kate Dickens
2002 Deep Down Dana
2002 Dead Gorgeous Antonia Ashton
2002 Uncle Vanya Yelena Stage production
2003 Does God Play Football Sarah Ward
2003 Lucky Jim Margaret Peel Television film
2003 Carla Carla
2003 Charles II: The Power and The Passion Barbara Villiers Nominated: Satellite Award
2004 Enduring Love Mrs. Logan
2004 Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking Mrs. Vandeleur
2004 Old Times Anna Stage production
2005 Messiah Dr. Rachel Price
2005 Casanova Casanova's Mother
2006 Normal for Norfolk Clare
2006 Queen, TheThe Queen Cherie Blair Nominated: ALFS Award
2006 As You Like It Rosalind Stage production
2007 Becoming Jane Mrs. Radcliffe
2007 Frankenstein Dr. Victoria Frankenstein
2008 Flashbacks of a Fool Peggy Tickell
2009 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Narcissa Malfoy
2009 Fantastic Mr. Fox Mrs. Bean Voice role
2009 Life Mickey Rayborn's security specialist Amanda Puryer Television series
2010 Doctor Who Rosanna Calvierri One episode - "The Vampires of Venice"
2010 Mrs. Jones
2010 Special Relationship, TheThe Special Relationship Cherie Blair
2010 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 Narcissa Malfoy
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Narcissa Malfoy
2011 Hugo Mama Jeanne
2012 We'll Take Manhattan Lady Clare Rendlesham Television film
2012 Leaving Julie Ranmore Lead role
2012 Skyfall Clair Dowar
2012 Flying Blind Frankie Lead role
2012 The Cable Club (Soho) Stella Short film
2012 The Last of the Haussmans Libby Stage production
2013 Peaky Blinders Aunt Polly Gray Television series
2013 To Appomattox Julia Grant Mini series
2013 Macbeth Lady Macbeth Stage production
2014 A Little Chaos Madame Le Notre
2014 Penny Dreadful Madame Kali Television series
2014 Inside No. 9 Tabitha One episode - "The Harrowing"
2014 Medea Medea Stage production
2014 Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This Mary Kay Television film
2015 The Woman in Black: Angels of Death Jean Hogg Lead Role


  1. ^ Births, Marriages & Deaths Index of England & Wales, 1916–2005.; at ancestry.com
  2. ^ "Mrs Damian Lewis, professionally known as Ms Helen McCrory Authorised Biography – Debrett's People of Today, Mrs Damian Lewis, professionally known as Ms Helen McCrory Profile". Debretts.com. 17 August 1968. Retrieved 2 October 2011. 
  3. ^ Lee, The. "Helen McCrory profile". thescotsman.com. Retrieved 2 October 2011. 
  4. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0567031/
  5. ^ Fowler, Rebecca. "Triumphant first acts". Sunday Times. 13 March 1994.
  6. ^ Spencer, Charles (27 May 2008). "Rosmersholm: passions lost in the gloom". London: The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 4 May 2010. 
  7. ^ Bamigboye, Baz (16 January 2009). "Why Gordon's so camera shy". Daily Mail (London). 
  8. ^ Adler, Shawn (12 November 2007). 'Harry Potter' Cast Grows: Helen McCrory Joins 'Half-Blood Prince'. MTV. Retrieved 2 April 2008. 
  9. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Narcissa cast in Potter 6". Newsround. 9 November 2007. Retrieved 9 November 2007. 
  10. ^ "The Last of the Haussmans" at National Theatre web site
  11. ^ http://www.iliterature.net/thelovebook/#the-actors
  12. ^ "''The Mirror'' article". Mirror.co.uk. Retrieved 2 October 2011. 
  13. ^ "Who We Are". Scene & Heard. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 

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