Friday afternoon brought the tragic news that the beloved actress Helen McCrory had passed away following a battle with breast cancer at the age of 52.
Amidst a glow of tributes for the late Peaky Blinders and Harry Potter star was an open letter penned by her husband, Damian Lewis, which appeared in The Sunday Times.
The letter read: “Many people have spoken about her career and many more will, so that’s where I’ll leave it, because it strikes me that two things are happening this weekend: an outpouring of grief and shock, and a celebration of Helen McCrory the actress from fans everywhere, and of Helen the person,” Lewis wrote. “And that’s who I want to talk about.”
“Helen was an even more brilliant person than she was an actress,” he continued. “She was a people person, sure. ‘I’m much more interested in who I’m with than where I am,’ she would say, and innately wanted to share. But she also lived by the principle of kindness and generosity. That you put these things out into the world to make it better, to make people feel better.”
He later went on to eulogise his late wife for the way she “spread happiness.” Stating that, “Even when dying in her last few days, when talking to our wonderful carers, she repeatedly said, ‘thank you so much’ in her half delirious state.”
These tributes were mirrored by actors who had worked alongside McCrory, including Tom Felton, who played her on screen son in the Harry Potter franchise. Felton wrote, “So sad to say farewell so suddenly – I never took the chance to tell her, but she helped shape me as a person so much – on & off screen,” Felton expressed. “She was always relentlessly herself- razor sharp wit – silver tongued – kind & warm hearted – she suffered no fools yet had time for everyone – thank you for lighting the way forward & holding my hand when I needed it xx.”
Lewis and McCrory had been married since 2007. She is survived by her glowing body of work and her two children, her 14-year-old daughter Mannon and 13-year-old son Gulliver.