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  • Place of birth : London
  • Date of birth : 17/08/1968

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Helen McCrory (1968)

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Helen Elizabeth McCrory 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.

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 early life
McCrory was born in London, England. Her mother, Anne (née Morgans), is Welsh, and her father, Ian McCrory, is a Scottish diplomat born in Glasgow. She is the eldest of three children, consisting of a younger sister, Catherine, and a younger brother, Jon. She was educated at Queenswood School, a boarding school in Hertfordshire, before spending a year living in Italy. Once she returned, McCrory then began studying acting at Drama Centre London.

 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). 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.

Her television work includes Lucky Jim ; Charles II: The Power and The Passion , as Barbara Villiers, Countess of Castlemaine; and the title roles in the ITV series Anna Karenina and Carla . McCrory has appeared in supporting roles in films, including Interview with the Vampire ; Dad Savage ; Charlotte Gray ; The Count of Monte Cristo and Casanova . In The Queen she played Cherie Blair, a role she reprised in Peter Morgan's follow up, The Special Relationship.

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 , in which she had been cast as Bellatrix Lestrange. However, McCrory later played Bellatrix's sister Narcissa Malfoy in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, released in July 2009. McCrory also reprised her role in the final movies, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 and Part 2. She also played Rosanna Calvierri in the episode "The Vampires of Venice" of the BBC television show, Doctor Who.

 personal life
On 4 July 2007, McCrory married actor Damian Lewis, and they have a daughter, Manon , and a son, Gulliver . They live in Tufnell Park, London, and Los Angeles. She is an Honorary Patron of the London children's charity Scene & Heard.

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