Cillian Murphy leads tributes to Peaky Blinders co-star Helen McCrory who has died following cancer battle
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Cillian Murphy leads tributes to Peaky Blinders co-star Helen McCrory who has died following cancer battle

IRISH actor Cillian Murphy has led the tributes to Peaky Blinders co-star Helen McCrory who has died, aged 52, following a battle with cancer.

McCrory’s husband, fellow actor Damian Lewis, revealed via Twitter today that his wife had passed away following a “heroic battle” with the deadly disease.

Helen McCrory with husband Damian Lewis

“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 family and friends," he tweeted.

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He added: “She died as she lived, fearlessly.”

A star of the stage and screen, McCrory found new heights of fame playing Aunt Polly in the hit Birmingham-based gangster series Peaky Blinders from 2013-2019.

"Broken-hearted" Cillian Murphy, who plays gang leader Thomas Shelby in the series, paid tribue to his “dear friend” and co-star today.

“I am broken-hearted to lose such a dear friend,” the Cork-born actor told the PA news agency.

“Helen was a beautiful, caring, funny, compassionate human being.

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“She was also a gifted actor – fearless and magnificent.

"She elevated and made humane every scene, every character she played.”