Helen McCrory

Helen McCrory

Highest Rated: 96% The Queen (2006)

Lowest Rated: 23% The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death (2014)

Birthday: Aug 17, 1968

Birthplace: London, England, UK

British actress Helen McCrory's celebrated career on the English stage led to award-winning performances on UK television and supporting turns as a wide variety of memorable, often sensuous women in features like "The Queen" (2006), "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" (2007) and "Skyfall" (2012) before making a splash on American television in "Penny Dreadful" (Showtime, 2014-16). Born Helen Elizabeth McCrory on August 17, 1968 in London, England, she was the eldest of three children by Scottish diplomat Iain McCrory and her mother, physiotherapist Anne McCrory, who hailed from Wales. Due to her father's position, she spent a portion of her childhood abroad in far-flung places like Norway, Cameroon, and Madagascar, before attending the Queenswood School, a girls-only boarding school in Hertfordshire. At 17, she applied to the Drama Centre in London, but was urged to "go and live a bit" by the administration, which prompted more travels to Italy and Thailand, among other places. Upon her return, McCrory was accepted into the Centre and graduated in 1990, after which she began an impressive and award-winning string of appearances on London stages in both classical and modern productions. She made her first television appearances in 1993, with her movie debut coming a year later in "Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles" (1994). McCrory's breakout performance as a young Welsh woman dealing with an unwanted pregnancy in "Streetlife" (BBC, 1995) earned her Best Actress Awards from BAFTA Cyrmu (Welsh BAFTA) and the Royal Television Society; by the following year, she was headlining television projects like "The Fragile Heart" (1996) and the 2000 adaptation of "Anna Karenina" (Channel 4/PBS, 2000/2001). International audiences slowly became aware of her talents in the early 2000s thanks to appearances in features like "Charlotte Gray" (2001) with Cate Blanchett and as Barbara Villiers, the notorious mistress of Charles II (Rufus Sewell) in "Charles II: The Power and The Passion" (BBC One), which earned her a Satellite Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. McCrory also maintained a consistent and celebrated presence on the British stage, including a turn as Rosalind in a West End production of "As You Like It" that brought her a 2006 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award nomination. In 2006, she married actor Damian Lewis and gave birth to the first of their two children; her pregnancy forced her to pull out of the role of Bellatrix Lestrange in "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" (2007), but she returned to the fantasy franchise for its last three installments ("Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," 2009, and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part I," 2010 and "Part II," 2011) as Narcissa Malfoy, Lestrange's sister and the wife and mother, respectively, of key villains Lucius and Draco Malfoy. McCrory also scored a critical triumph as Cherie Blair, wife of British Prime Minister Tony Blair, in "The Queen" (2006), and reprised the role in "The Special Relationship" (HBO/BBC, 2009). The success of these and other performances gave McCrory's screen profile a considerable boost, and she was soon featured in major productions like Martin Scorsese's "Hugo" (2011) and the James Bond adventure "Skyfall" (2012). She remained faithful to the stage, earning critical praise as Medea in a 2014 production for the National Theatre, and continued to play complex female roles on television, most notably in the period gangster drama series "Peaky Blinders" (BBC Two, 2013) and "Penny Dreadful" (Showtime, 2014-16) as Evelyn Poole, a spiritualist who secretly heads a coven of witches.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
85% 86% Loving Vincent Louise Chevalier (Voice) $6.5M 2017
90% 71% Their Finest Sophie Smith (Character) $3.6M 2016
89% 60% Bill Queen Elizabeth I (Character) - 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This Mary Kay (Character) - 2014
23% 24% The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death Jean Hogg (Character) $26.5M 2014
48% 49% A Little Chaos Madame Le Notre (Character) $551.6K 2014
No Score Yet 48% We'll Take Manhattan Lady Clare Rendlesham (Character) - 2012
92% 86% Skyfall Clair Dowar (Character) $304.4M 2012
50% 43% Flying Blind Frankie (Character) - 2012
93% 78% Hugo Mama Jeanne (Character) $73.8M 2011
83% 63% The Special Relationship Cherie Blair (Character) - 2010
84% 78% Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Narcissa Malfoy (Character) $302M 2009
93% 85% Fantastic Mr. Fox Mrs. Bean (Voice) $21M 2009
38% 51% Flashbacks of a Fool Peggy Tickell (Character) $1K 2008
No Score Yet 0% Frankenstein Dr. Victoria Frankenstein (Character) - 2007
96% 76% The Queen Cherie Blair (Character) $56.4M 2006
43% 58% Casanova Casanova's mother (Character) $11.3M 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet Messiah: The Harrowing Unknown (Character) - 2005
59% 60% Enduring Love Mrs. Logan (Character) $358.3K 2004
No Score Yet 87% The Last King Barbara Villiers, Countess of Castlemaine (Character) - 2004
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lucky Jim Margaret Peel (Character) - 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dead Gorgeous Antonia Ashton (Character) - 2002
33% 62% Charlotte Gray Francoise (Character) $668.1K 2001
No Score Yet 83% Hotel Splendide Lorna Bull (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet 14% Split Second Angie Anderson (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet 54% Dad Savage Chris (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet The James Gang Bernadette James (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Trial and Retribution Anita Harris (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fragile Heart Nicola Pascoe (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Witness Against Hitler Freya von Moltke (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Streetlife Jo (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet 46% Uncovered Lola (Character) - 1994

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Roadkill on Masterpiece Unknown (Character) 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Quiz Sonia Woodley QC (Character) 2020
80% 81% His Dark Materials Stelmaria (Dæmon Voice) (Voice) 2019
93% 94% Peaky Blinders Aunt Polly (Character) 2019 2016-2017 2013-2014
50% No Score Yet MotherFatherSon Kathryn (Character) 2019
73% 94% Fearless Emma Banville (Character) 2017
91% 90% Penny Dreadful Madame Kali (Guest Star) 2014
No Score Yet 99% Inside No. 9 Unknown (Character) 2014
No Score Yet 74% Doctor Who Rosanna (Guest Star) 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mystery! Unknown (Character) 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet Masterpiece Theatre Unknown (Character) 2001-2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet Anna Karenina Anna Karenina (Character) 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fragile Heart Nicola Pascoe (Character) 1996

QUOTES FROM Helen McCrory CHARACTERS

James Bond says: Everybody needs a hobby

James Bond says: Everybody needs a hobby.

Clair Dowar says: So what's yours?

Silva says: So what's yours?

James Bond says: Resurrection

James Bond says: Resurrection.

Bellatrix Lestrange says: The boy... is he dead?

Narcissa Malfoy says: [Leaning into Harry] Is he alive? Draco, is he alive?

Narcissa Malfoy says: [after Harry nods] Dead.

Mama Jeanne says: Georges, you've tried to forget the past for so long, but it has caused you nothing but unhappiness. Maybe it's time you tried to remember.

Mama Jeanne says: Georges, you've tried to forget the past for so long, but it has caused you nothing but unhappiness. Maybe it's time you tried to remember.

Narcissa Malfoy says: Is he alive? Draco, is he alive? [Harry nodes] Dead!

Mrs. Bean says: How many jars should I bring up, Franklin?

Franklin Bean says: I don't know, two I guess.

Mrs. Bean says: But you drank two yesterday, though.

Franklin Bean says: Alright, take three.

Mrs. Bean says: [ponders] Nope. Two's plenty.

Narcissa Malfoy says: He's just a boy..

Narcissa Malfoy says: He's just a boy.