Actress Helen McCrory, known for her roles in Peaky Blinders and three Harry Potter films, has died of cancer at the age of 52, according to her husband, the actor Damian Lewis.
He wrote on Twitter: “I’m heartbroken to announce that after an 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 family and friends.
“She died as she lived. Fearlessly. God we love her and we know how lucky we are to have had her in our lives.”
He added: “She blazed so brightly. Go now, Little One, into the air, and thank you.”
McCrory played Aunt Polly, the matriarch of the Shelby clan, in BBC period gang drama Peaky Blinders.
“She really is the brains with Tommy behind the family and you see the difference of how to rule,” she said when speaking about 2014’s second series.
“One from a male point of view, which is much more physical and violent and threatening, and one from a female point of view, which is just as physically violent and threatening, but is also psychological.”