Helen Elizabeth McCrory (born 17 August 1968) is a British actress. She portrayed Cherie Blair in both the 2006 film The Queen and the 2010 film The Special Relationship. She also portrayed Narcissa Malfoy in the final three Harry Potter films. In 2011, she starred in Martin Scorsese's family mystery film Hugo as Mama Jeanneand most recently as Clair Dowar in the new James Bond film, Skyfall.
McCrory was born in Paddington, London. Her mother, Anne (née Morgans), is Welsh, and her father, Iain McCrory, is a Glasgow-born diplomat. She is the eldest of three children. She was educated atQueenswood, 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.
In 2002, McCrory 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.) However, McCrory later played 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. She also played the principle villain role of Rosanna Calvierri in the episode "The Vampires of Venice" of the BBC television show Doctor Who.
McCrory was to appear 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.
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.
|1993||Full Stretch||Vicki Goodall||One Episode – "Risky Business"|
|1993||Performance||Jean Rice||One Episode – "The Entertainer"|
|1994||Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles||2nd Whore|
|1995||Streetlife||Jo||BAFTA Cymru Award for Best Actress|
|1996||The Fragile Heart||Nicola Pascoe|
|1996||Witness Against Hitler||Freya von Moltke|
|1997||The James Gang||Bernadette James|
|1997||Trial & Retribution||Anita Harris|
|1998||Stand and Deliver||Christina|
|1999||Split Second||Angie Anderson|
|2000||Anna Karenina||Anna Karenina||Miniseries|
|2000||Hotel Splendide||Lorna Bull|
|2000||North Square||Rose Fitzgerald||8 episodes
Broadcasting Press Guild Award for Best Actress
|2001||In a Land of Plenty||Mary Freeman||Miniseries|
|2002||The Count of Monte Cristo||Valentina Villefort|
|2002||The Jury||Rose Davies||Miniseries|
|2002||Dead Gorgeous||Antonia Ashton|
|2002||Uncle Vanya||Yelena||Stage production|
|2003||Does God Play Football||Sarah Ward|
|2003||Lucky Jim||Margaret Peel||Television film|
|2003||Charles II: The Power and The Passion||Barbara Villiers||Nominated: Satellite Award|
|2004||Enduring Love||Mrs. Logan|
|2004||Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking||Mrs. Vandeleur|
|2004||Old Times||Anna||Stage production|
|2005||Messiah||Dr. Rachel Price|
|2006||Normal for Norfolk||Clare|
|2006||The Queen||Cherie Blair||Nominated: ALFS Award|
|2006||As You Like It||Rosalind||Stage production|
|2007||Becoming Jane||Mrs. Radcliffe|
|2007||Frankenstein||Dr. Victoria Frankenstein|
|2008||Flashbacks of a Fool||Peggy Tickell|
|2009||Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince||Narcissa Malfoy|
|2009||Fantastic Mr. Fox||Mrs. Bean||Voice role|
|2009||Life||Mickey Rayborn's security specialist Amanda Puryer||Television series|
|2010||Doctor Who||Rosanna Calvierri||One episode - "The Vampires of Venice"|
|2010||The Special Relationship||Cherie Blair|
|2010||Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1||Narcissa Malfoy|
|2011||Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2||Narcissa Malfoy|
|2012||We'll Take Manhattan||Lady Clare Rendlesham||Television film|
|2012||Leaving||Julie Ranmore||Lead role|
|2012||Flying Blind||Frankie||Lead role|
|2012||The Cable Club (Soho)||Stella||Short film|
|2013||Peaky Blinders||Aunt Polly Gray||Television series|
|2013||To Appomattox||Julia Grant||Mini series|
|2014||A Little Chaos||Madame Le Notre|
|2014||Penny Dreadful||Madame Kali||Television series|
|2014||Inside No. 9||Tabitha||One episode - "The Harrowing"|