Helen McCrory

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Helen McCrory (born 17 August 1968) is an English 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 installments of the Harry Potter movies.


[edit] Early life

Helen McCrory was born in London, England to Ian McCrory, a diplomat, and to Anne McCrory. She is the eldest of three children, consisting of a younger sister, Catherine, and a younger brother, Jon.[citation needed] She was educated at Queenswood, a boarding school in Hertfordshire, before spending a year living in Italy. Once she returned, McCrory then began studying acting at Drama Centre London, part of the University of the Arts, London.[citation needed]

[edit] Career

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).[citation needed] 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.[citation needed] In April, 2008, she made a "compelling" Rebecca West in a production of Ibsen's Rosmersholm at the Almeida Theatre, London.[1]

Her television work includes Lucky Jim (2003); Charles II: The Power and The Passion (2003), as Barbara Villiers, Countess of Castlemaine; and the title roles in the ITV miniseries Anna Karenina (2000) and Carla (2003). McCrory has appeared in supporting roles in films, including Interview with the Vampire (1994); Dad Savage (1998); Charlotte Gray (2001); The Count of Monte Cristo (2002) and Casanova (2005). In The Queen (2006) she played Cherie Blair, a role she will reprise in Peter Morgan's follow up, The Special Relationship.[2]

She was in Bayley Walsh's Flashbacks of a Fool, with Daniel Craig, and a modernised TV adaptation of Frankenstein's Monster simply called Frankenstein. McCrory's 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.[3][4] McCrory also reprised her role in the final movies, parts one and two of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. She also played Rosanna Calvierri in the episode "The Vampires of Venice" of the BBC television show, Doctor Who.

[edit] Personal life

On 4 July 2007, McCrory married actor Damian Lewis; together they have a daughter, Manon (born 8 September 2006), and a son, Gulliver (born 2 November 2007).[5] They live in Tufnell Park and Los Angeles. She is an Honorary Patron of the London children's charity Scene & Heard [6]

[edit] Filmography

Year Film Role Other notes
1993 Full Stretch Vicki Goodall One Episode - Risky Business
Performance Jean Rice One Episode - The Entertainer
1994 Interview with the Vampire 2nd Whore aka Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles
Uncovered Lola aka La Tabla de Flandes
1995 Streetlife Jo Won BAFTA Award for Best Actress
1996 The Fragile Heart Nicola Pascoe
Witness Against Hitler Freya von Moltke
1997 The James Gang Bernadette James
Trial & Retribution Anita Harris
1998 Spoonface Steinberg Mother
Stand and Deliver Christina
Dad Savage Chris
1999 Split Second Angie Anderson aka The Cyclist
2000 Anna Karenina Anna Karenina TV Mini-Series
Hotel Splendide Lorna Bull
North Square Rose Fitzgerald Eight Episodes - Episode (#1.1-#1.8)
Won Broadcasting Press Guild Award for Best Actress
2001 In a Land of Plenty Mary Freeman TV Mini-Series
Charlotte Gray Francoise aka Die Liebe der Charlotte Gray
2002 The Count of Monte Cristo Valentina Villefort aka Alexandre Dumas' The Count of Monte Cristo
The Jury Rose Davies TV Mini-Series
Deep Down Dana
Dead Gorgeous Antonia Ashton
Uncle Vanya Yelena Stage Production
2003 Does God Play Football Sarah Ward
Lucky Jim Margaret Peel
Carla Carla
Charles II: The Power & the Passion Barbara Villiers Nominated Golden Satellite Award
2004 Enduring Love Mrs. Logan
Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking Mrs. Vandeleur
Old Times Anna Stage Production
2005 Messiah: The Harrowing Dr. Rachel Price
Casanova Casanova's Mother aka Femur
2006 Normal for Norfolk Clare
The Queen Cherie Blair Nominated ALFS Award
As You Like It Rosalind Stage Production
2007 Becoming Jane Mrs. Radcliffe
Frankenstein Dr. Victoria Frankenstein
2008 Flashbacks of a Fool Peggy Tickell
2009 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Narcissa Malfoy
Fantastic Mr. Fox Mrs. Bean (voice)
Life Mickey Rayborn’s security specialist Amanda Puryer Television series
2010 Doctor Who Rosanna Calvierri One Episode - The Vampires of Venice Mrs. Jones
The Special Relationship Cherie Blair
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 Narcissa Malfoy
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Narcissa Malfoy Post-production
Hugo Cabret Mama Jeanne Post-production

[edit] References

  1. Spencer, Charles (2008-05-27). "Rosmersholm: passions lost in the gloom". London: The Daily Telegraph. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/main.jhtml?xml=/arts/2008/05/27/btros127.xml. Retrieved 2010-05-04. 
  2. Bamigboye, Baz (2009-01-16). "Why Gordon's so camera shy". Daily Mail (London). http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1118387/BAZ-BAMIGBOYE-Gordon-Ramsey-Sting-Trudie-Brad-Pitt-Penelope-Cruz-Kate-Winslet-more.html. 
  3. Adler, Shawn (2007-11-12). 'Harry Potter' Cast Grows: Helen McCrory Joins 'Half-Blood Prince'. MTV. http://www.mtv.com/movies/news/articles/1574000/story.jhtml. Retrieved 2008-04-02. 
  4. "EXCLUSIVE: Narcissa cast in Potter 6". Newsround. 2007-11-09. http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/newsid_7080000/newsid_7087000/7087093.stm. Retrieved 2007-11-09. 
  5. The Mirror article
  6. "Who We Are". Scene & Heard. http://sceneandheard.org/about_whoweare.html. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 

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