Actress Helen McCrory died after a battle with cancer. Her husband, actor Damian Lewis, announced the sad news on Friday.
Lewis and McCrory had been married since 2007 and had two children together: their 14-year-old daughter Mannon and their 13-year-old son Gulliver. Lewis said he died peacefully at his home.
“It breaks my heart to announce that after a heroic battle with cancer, the beautiful and powerful woman Helen McCrory has peacefully died at home, surrounded by a wave of loss of friends and family,” Lewis wrote in a statement that shared on social media. “She died as she lived. Without fear. God, we love her and we know how lucky we are to have had her in our lives. She glowed so brightly. Go now, Little One, on the air, and thank you.”
McCrory played Narcissa Malfoy in the Harry Potter films and his other on-screen credits include Peaky blinders, Penny dreadful Y Bold. In a 2011 interview with the Evening standardLewis talked about the early days of their relationship.
“Helen and I partied very, very hard before we met and then we crashed at the Almeida in 2004 [in Five Gold Rings] and together we celebrate even more, “he shared.” We used to waste entire nights listening to jazz at Ronnie Scott’s. We love to dance, and when we weren’t there, we played loud music and danced around the house, just the two of us. “
He also talked about how he proposed to her and his sweet annual tradition.
“I proposed to Helen in Paris. I tried to do it on the Pont Neuf. I was sweating and struggling in my coat pocket for the ring, which had gotten stuck in a small cellophane bag, but when I finally pulled it out, a gang of Japanese tourists surrounded us like a flock of seagulls, taking photos, and the moment was totally shattered, “he recalled.” Now I take Helen back to Paris for three days without our two children every February for our anniversary. We walked around town and sat in bars drinking rosé. “