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21st May 2022

Helen McCrory’s children give heartbreaking tributes at her memorial service

Ellen Fitzpatrick

She is dearly missed.

Heartbreaking tributes were paid on Friday by dozens of stage and screen’s biggest stars as they said their final goodbyes to Helen McCrory.

The actress sadly passed away from cancer in April last year at age 52, with her husband Damian Lewis revealing she died at home.

A year after she passed, Damian organised a memorial service for his late wife where their two children paid tribute to their mum.

Their 15-year-old daughter Manon read while son Gulliver, 14, played the guitar.

Helena Bonham Carter and Ralph Fiennes were two stars who appeared at St Paul’s Church in London’s Covent Garden to pay their respects, with Benedict Cumberbatch, Eddie Redmayne, Keeley Hawes and Natascha McElhone also in attendance.

A family guest told the Daily Mail: “It was absolutely wonderful and Damian was fantastic in organising it despite his grief.

“We knew that she had been ill for a very long time. Battled her way through it, Peaky Blinders, other plays. She only had one arm – the operation had cut the nerve.

“She died at home with Damian and everybody around her just organising everything, including this [the memorial].”

Announcing Helen’s death last April, Damian said: “I am heartbroken to announce that after a 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 friends and family.

“She died as she lived. Fearlessly, God, we loved her and know how lucky we are to have had her in our lives.”

Peaky Blinders paid tribute to Helen in the recent sixth and final series of the show.

The actress played the beloved character Polly Gray, aunt to Cillian Murphy’s Tommy Shelby, in the first five seasons of the gangster drama.

The first episode of the new series ended with “Dedicated to the memory of Helen McCrory OBE ‘Polly Gray'” appearing on the screen.

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