(CNN) – British actress Helen McCrory, best known for her appearances on the popular TV show Peaky Blinders and Harry Potter films, has passed away at the age of 52. “After a heroic battle with cancer, McCrory died peacefully in her home amidst a wave of love from friends and family,” said a statement published by her husband and fellow actor Damian Lewis on Twitter.
McCrory is best known in Britain and abroad for her portrayals of Narcissa Malfoy, the mother of Harry Potter foe Draco Malfoy, in the Harry Potter film series, and Pauly Gray, the steel mother of the popular Peaky franchise. BBC One Blinders.
Lewis, who married McCrory in 2007, said in his statement that his wife “died during her life. Without fear.”
“Oh my God, we love her and we know how lucky we are to have her in our lives. She was so glowing. Go now, little boy, on the air and thank you,” concluded the statement.
The official Peaky Blinders Twitter account posted a picture of McCrory playing her character, Polly Gray, saying, “All our love and thoughts are with the Helen family.”
The Wizarding World Twitter account that calls itself “the official home of Harry Potter and the Fantastic Beasts” said they are “extremely sad to learn of the death of our girlfriend Helen McCrory, who portrayed Narcissa Malfoy with such depth and intelligence in the Harry Potter movies series.”
British comedian and actor Matt Lucas, who worked with McCrory on a non-profit campaign to feed UK National Health Service health workers, said the actress would be remembered just as much for her “lack of interest and generosity”.
“She and Damian were the drivers of FeedNHS, and they worked tirelessly during the pandemic to raise millions for others.”
Piers Wenger, director of BBC drama, in a statement titled Helen “one of the best actresses this country will ever see”.
“From Potter to Becky, from Blair to Bond, Helen’s courage has made every role she has played unique and unmissable.”
The famous British National Theater, where McCrory has climbed onto the stage several times, has described McCrory as “without doubt one of the greatest actors of his generation” and one of the “most distinguished and attractive artists”.
McCrory also served as an ambassador for Britain’s Old Vic theater, which he described as “a brilliant presence on stage and screen” who “made us laugh”.