McCrory in 2016
Helen Elizabeth McCrory
17 August 1968
Paddington, London, England
Damian Lewis (m. 2007)
McCrory portrayed Cherie Blair in both The Queen (2006) and The Special Relationship (2010). She also portrayed Francoise in the film Charlotte Gray (2001), Narcissa Malfoy in the final three Harry Potter films, Mama Jeanne in Martin Scorsese's family film Hugo (2011), Clair Dowar in the James Bond film Skyfall (2012), Polly Gray in Peaky Blinders (2013–present), Emma Banville in Fearless (2017) and Kathryn Villiers in MotherFatherSon (2019).
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. The same year, she started playing 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 north London. She is an honorary patron of the London children's charity Scene & Heard.
McCrory was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to drama.
She now lives in Suffolk.
|1994||Interview with the Vampire||2nd Whore|
|1997||The James Gang||Bernadette James|
|2000||Hotel Splendide||Lorna Bull|
|2002||The Count of Monte Cristo||Valentina Villefort|
|Deep Down||Dana||Short film|
|2003||Does God Play Football||Sarah Ward||Short film|
|2004||Enduring Love||Mrs. Logan|
|2006||Normal for Norfolk||Clare||Short film|
|The Queen||Cherie Blair|
|2007||Becoming Jane||Mrs. Radcliffe|
|2008||Flashbacks of a Fool||Peggy Tickell|
|2009||Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince||Narcissa Malfoy|
|Fantastic Mr. Fox||Mrs. Bean (voice)|
|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1||Narcissa Malfoy|
|2011||Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2|
|Hugo||Mama Jeanne (Jehanne D'Alcy)|
|2012||Flying Blind||Dr. Frankie Lethbridge|
|Skyfall||Clair Dowar MP|
|The Cable Club (Soho)||Stella||Short film|
|2014||A Little Chaos||Madame Françoise Le Nôtre|
|2015||The Woman in Black: Angel of Death||Jean Hogg|
|Bill||Queen Elizabeth I|
|2016||Their Finest||Sophie Smith|
|2017||Loving Vincent||Louise Chevalier|
|1993||Full Stretch||Vicki Goodall||Episode: "Risky Business"|
|Performance||Jean Rice||Episode: "The Entertainer"|
|1995||Screen Two||Jo||Episode: "Streetlife"|
|Dirty Old Town||Claire|
|1996||The Fragile Heart||Nicola Pascoe||3 episodes|
|Witness Against Hitler||Freya von Moltke|
|1997||Trial & Retribution||Anita Harris||2 episodes|
|Stand and Deliver||Christina|
|1999||Split Second||Angie Anderson|
|2000||Anna Karenina||Anna Karenina||4 episodes|
|North Square||Rose Fitzgerald||10 episodes|
|2001||In a Land of Plenty||Mary Freeman||3 episodes|
|2002||The Jury||Rose Davies||6 episodes|
|Dickens||Kate Dickens||3 episodes|
|Dead Gorgeous||Antonia Ashton|
|2003||Lucky Jim||Margaret Peel|
|Charles II: The Power and The Passion||Lady Castlemaine (Barbara Villiers)|
|2004||Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking||Jenny Vandeleur|
|2005||Messiah 4 : The Harrowing||Dr. Rachel Price|
|2007||Frankenstein||Dr. Victoria Frankenstein|
|2009||Life||Amanda Puryer||5 episodes|
|2010||Doctor Who||Rosanna Calvierri||Episode:"The Vampires of Venice"|
|The Special Relationship||Cherie Blair|
|2011||Phineas and Ferb||Lucy Fletcher||Episode: "My Fair Goalie"|
|2012||We'll Take Manhattan||Lady Clare Rendlesham|
|Leaving||Julie Ranmore||3 episodes|
|2013–present||Peaky Blinders||Aunt Polly / Polly Gray||30 episodes|
|2014||Inside No. 9||Tabitha||Episode: "The Harrowing"|
|Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This||Mary Kay|
|2014–2015||Penny Dreadful||Evelyn Poole (Madame Kali)||12 episodes|
|2017||Fearless||Emma Banville||6 episodes|
|2019||MotherFatherSon||Kathryn Villiers||8 episodes|
|2019||Have I Got News For You||Self, Host||1 episode (Series 58, Episode 7)|
|2019||His Dark Materials||Stelmaria||Post Production|
|1990||The Importance of Being Earnest||Gwendolen Fairfax|
|1991||Pride and Prejudice||Lydia Bennet|
|Blood Wedding||The Bride|
|Don't Fool With Love||Camille|
|1993||Trelawny of the 'Wells'||Rose Trelawny|
|The Seagull||Nina Mikhailovna Zarechnaya|
|1994–1995||The Devil's Disciple||Judith Anderson|
|1995||Keely And Du||Keely|
|1995–1996||Les Enfants Du Paradis||Claire "Garance" Reine|
|1998||In a Little World of Our Own||Deborah|
|How I Learned to Drive||Li'I Bit|
|1999||The Triumph of Love||Princess Leonide (alias Phocion)|
|2002||Uncle Vanya||Helena Andreyevna Serebryakova (Yelena)|
|2003–2004||Five Gold Rings||Miranda|
|2006||As You Like It||Rosalind|
|Orson's Shadow||Vivien Leigh|
|A Tribute to Look Back in Anger||Helena Charles|
|2010–2012||The Late Middle Classes||Celia Smithers|
|2012||The Last of the Haussmans||Libby Haussmans|
|2013||Macbeth at the Little Angel Theatre||Lady Macbeth (voice)|
|2016||The Deep Blue Sea||Hester Collyer|
Awards and nominations
|1991||Blood Wedding||Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards||Best Actress||Won|
|1993||Trelawny of the 'Wells'||Ian Charleson Award||Best Actress||3rd place|
|1995||Macbeth||Shakespeare Globe Awards||Richard Burton Award For Most Promising Newcomer||Won|
|Streetlife||Monte-Carlo Television Festival||Best Actress||Won|
|Royal Television Society||Best Actress||Won|
|1997||BAFTA Cymru||Best Actress||Won|
|The Fragile Heart||London Film Critics' Circle||Actress of the Year||Nominated|
|2001||North Square||London Film Critics' Circle||Best Actress||Won|
|Broadcasting Press Guild Awards||Best Actress||Won|
|2002||Uncle Vanya||Evening Standard Theatre Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|2003||Drama Desk Awards||Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play||Nominated|
|WhatsOnStage Awards||Best Actress in a Play||Nominated|
|2004||Charles II: The Power and The Passion||Satellite Awards||Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film||Nominated|
|2005||L.A. Television Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|2006||As You Like It||WhatsOnStage Awards||Best Actress in a Play||Nominated|
|Laurence Olivier Award||Best Actress||Nominated|
|2007||The Queen||London Film Critics' Circle||Supporting Actress of the Year||Nominated|
|2008||Rosmersholm||Evening Standard Theatre Awards||Best Actress (longlisted]||Nominated|
|2011||The Late Middle Classes||WhatsOnStage Awards||Best Actress in a Play||Nominated|
|2012||Royal Television Society||Best Actress||Nominated|
|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows–Part 2||Gold Derby Awards||Ensemble Cast||Nominated|
|The Last of the Haussmans||Evening Standard Theatre Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|2013||Glamour Awards||Theatre Actress of the Year||Won|
|WhatsOnStage Awards||Best Supporting Actress in a Play||Nominated|
|Laurence Olivier Award||Best Actress in a Supporting Role||Nominated|
|2014||Peaky Blinders||Biarritz International Festival of Audiovisual Programming||TV Series and Serials: Actress||Won|
|Crime Thriller Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|Medea||Evening Standard Theatre Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|2015||Critics' Circle Theatre Award||Best Actress||Won|
|Penny Dreadful season 2||Satellite Awards||Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film||Nominated|
|2016||Critics' Choice Television Award||Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series||Nominated|
|The Deep Blue Sea||Evening Standard Theatre Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|WhatsOnStage Awards||Best Actress in a Play||Nominated|
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