McCrory at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival, February 2015
|Born||Helen Elizabeth McCrory
17 August 1968
|Years active||Since 1990|
|Spouse(s)||Damian Lewis (m. 2007)|
Helen Elizabeth McCrory (born 17 August 1968) is a British actress. She portrayed Cherie Blair in both The Queen (2006) and The Special Relationship (2010). She also portrayed Narcissa Malfoy in the final three Harry Potter films; Mama Jeanne in Martin Scorsese's family mystery film Hugo (2011); Clair Dowar in Sam Mendes' Skyfall (2012); and Aunt Polly in Peaky Blinders (2013–14).
McCrory was born in Paddington, London. Her mother, Anne (née Morgans), is Welsh, and her father, Iain McCrory, is a diplomat from Glasgow, Scotland. 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.
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. 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). 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 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.
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. 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. She plays 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.
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). They live in Tufnell Park, London, and Los Angeles. She is an Honorary Patron of the London children's charity Scene & Heard.
Film and television
|1993||Full Stretch||Vicki Goodall||Television series
Episode: "Risky Business"
|Performance||Jean Rice||Television film|
|1994||Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles||2nd Whore||Film|
BAFTA Cymru Award for Best Actress
1995 Monte-Carlo Television Festival
Silver Nymph – Best Actress (winner)
1995 Royal Television Society – Best Actress (winner)
|Rik Mayall Presents Dirty Old Town||Claire||Television film|
|1996||Fragile Heart, TheThe Fragile Heart||Nicola Pascoe||Mini-series
1997 Critics' Circle Awards – Best Actress (nominee)
|Witness Against Hitler||Freya von Moltke||Television film|
"The People Are the Forest"
|1997||James Gang, TheThe James Gang||Bernadette James||Film|
|Trial & Retribution||Anita Harris||Mini-series|
|1998||Spoonface Steinberg||Mother||Television film|
|Stand and Deliver||Christina||Television film|
|1999||Split Second||Angie Anderson||Television film|
|2000||Anna Karenina||Anna Karenina||Mini-series|
|Hotel Splendide||Lorna Bull||Film|
|North Square||Rose Fitzgerald||Television series
2001 Broadcasting Press Guild – Best Actress (winner)
2001 London Critics' Circle Awards – Best Actress (winner)
|2001||In a Land of Plenty||Mary Freeman||Mini-series|
|2002||Count of Monte Cristo, TheThe Count of Monte Cristo||Valentina Villefort||Film|
|Jury, TheThe Jury||Rose Davies||Mini-series|
|Deep Down||Dana||Short film|
|Dead Gorgeous||Antonia Ashton||Television film|
|2003||Does God Play Football||Sarah Ward||Short film|
|Lucky Jim||Margaret Peel||Television film|
|Carla||Carla French||Television film|
|Charles II: The Power and The Passion||Barbara Villiers||Mini-series
Satellite Award – Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television (nominee)
2004/5 L.A. Television Awards – Best Actress (nominee)
|2004||Enduring Love||Mrs. Logan||Film|
|Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking||Jenny Vandeleur||Television film|
|2005||Messiah 4 : The Harrowing||Dr. Rachel Price||Mini-series|
|2006||Normal for Norfolk||Clare||Short film|
|Queen, TheThe Queen||Cherie Blair||Film
2007 London Film Critics' Circle – Best British Actress in a Supporting Role (nominee)
Nominated: ALFS Award
|2007||Becoming Jane||Mrs. Radcliffe||Film|
|Frankenstein||Dr. Victoria Frankenstein||Television film|
|2008||Flashbacks of a Fool||Peggy Tickell||Film|
|2009||Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince||Narcissa Malfoy||Film|
|Fantastic Mr. Fox||Mrs. Bean||Film
Mickey Rayborn's security specialist
|2010||Doctor Who||Rosanna Calvierri||Television series
Episode: "The Vampires of Venice"
|Special Relationship, TheThe Special Relationship||Cherie Blair||Television film|
|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1||Narcissa Malfoy||Film|
|2011||Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2||Film|
|Phineas and Ferb||Lucy Fletcher||Television series
Episode "My Fair Goalie"
|2012||We'll Take Manhattan||Lady Clare Rendlesham||Television film|
|The Cable Club (Soho)||Stella||Short film|
|2013–14||Peaky Blinders||Aunt Polly (Elizabeth) Gray, née Shelby||Television series
2014 Festival International de Programmes Audiovisuels – Best Actress in a Television Series (winner)
|2014||Inside No. 9||Tabitha||Television series
Episode: "The Harrowing"
|A Little Chaos||Madame Françoise Le Nôtre||Film|
|Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This||Mary Kay||Television film|
|2014–15||Penny Dreadful||Evelyn Poole||Television series|
|2015||The Woman in Black: Angel of Death||Jean Hogg||Film|
|Bill||Queen Elizabeth I||Film|
|To Appomattox||Julia Grant||Mini-series|
|1990||The Importance of Being Earnest||Gwendoline|
|1991||Pride And Prejudice||Lydia Bennet|
|Blood Wedding||Bride||1992 Manchester Evening News – Best Actress (winner)|
|Don't Fool With Love||Camille|
|1993||Trelawny of the 'Wells'||Rose Trelawny||Ian Charleson Award Third Prize|
|The Seagull||Nina Mikhailovna Zarechnaya|
|The Devil's Disciple||Judith Anderson|
|1995||Keely And Du||Keely|
|Macbeth||Lady Macbeth||1995 Shakespeare Globe Awards – Richard Burton Award For Most Promising Newcomer (winner)|
|1996||Les Enfants Du Paradis||Garance|
|1998||In a Little World of Our Own|
|How I Learned to Drive||Li'I Bit|
|1999||The Triumph of Love||Princess Leonide (alias Phocion)|
|2002||Uncle Vanya||Yelena||2002 Evening Standard Theatre – Best Actress (nominee)
2003 What's On Stage Theatregoers' Choice Awards – Best Actress in a Play (nominee)
2003 Drama Desk Awards – Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play (nominee) (Uncle Vanya)
|2003||Five Gold Rings||Miranda|
|2006||As You Like It||Rosalind||2006 What's On Stage Theatregoers' Choice Awards – Best Actress in a Play (nominee)
2006 Olivier Awards – Best Actress (nominee)
|Orson's Shadow||Vivien Leigh|
|A Tribute to Look Back in Anger||Helena Charles|
|2010–12||The Late Middle Classes||Celia Smithers||2011 What's On Stage Theatregoers' Choice Awards – Best Actress in a Play (nominee)
2012 Royal Television Society – Best Actress (nominee)
|2011||Cries from the Heart: The Iron Rice Bowl|
|2012||The Last of the Haussmans||Libby||2013 Glamour Awards – Theatre Actress of the Year (winner)
2013 What's On Stage Theatregoers' Choice Awards – Best Supporting Actress in a Play (nominee)
2013 Olivier Awards – Best Actress in a Supporting Role (nominee)
|2014||Medea||Medea||2015 Critics' Circle Theatre Award – Actress (win)
2014 London Evening Standard Theatre awards – Actress (nominee)
- Births, Marriages & Deaths Index of England & Wales, 1916–2005.; at ancestry.com
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- Spencer, Charles (27 May 2008). "Rosmersholm: passions lost in the gloom". London: The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 4 May 2010.
- Bamigboye, Baz (16 January 2009). "Why Gordon's so camera shy". Daily Mail (London).
- Adler, Shawn (12 November 2007). 'Harry Potter' Cast Grows: Helen McCrory Joins 'Half-Blood Prince'. MTV. Retrieved 2 April 2008.
- "EXCLUSIVE: Narcissa cast in Potter 6". Newsround. 9 November 2007. Retrieved 9 November 2007.
- "The Last of the Haussmans" at National Theatre web site
- "''The Mirror'' article". Mirror.co.uk. Retrieved 2 October 2011.
- "Who We Are". Scene & Heard. Retrieved 13 May 2011.