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Helen McCrory’s courageous battle with cancer was kept a secret from her friends until just days before her tragic death, it has been reported.

Actor David Harewood, who starred with Helen Damian Lewis’ widow in Homeland, revealed his co-star texted him about Helen’s condition ‘days’ before it was not announced that she had sadly died on April 16, at the age of 52.

In an interview with The Mirror, David, 55, said: ‘None of us knew what she was up to’ before paying tribute to the Peaky Blinders actress.

Gone too early: Helen McCrory’s courageous battle with cancer was kept a secret from friends until just days before her tragic death, it was reported

He told the publication: ‘Damian made contact a few days before the news broke, he let us all know. It was all very, very upsetting.

‘Nobody knew. Neither of us knew what she was up against.

He continued with his death: ‘It was shocking and incredibly sad. Damian has done a terrific job dealing with all of this publicly.

The TV star described Helen as’ an amazing and wonderful woman ‘before adding:’ My heart goes out to him and their two young children. ”

So sad: Actor David Harewood, who starred with Helen Damian Lewis' widow in Homeland, revealed his co-star texted him about Helen's condition 'a few days' before it was announced that she sadly passed away on April 16, aged just 52.

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So sad: Actor David Harewood, who starred with Helen Damian Lewis’ widow in Homeland, revealed his co-star texted him about Helen’s condition ‘a few days’ before it was announced that she sadly passed away on April 16, aged just 52.

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UKTN has contacted a representative of Damian for comment.

Helen’s death was confirmed earlier this month by her husband Damian Lewis.

The ‘beautiful and powerful’ actress, who played Polly Gray on the Birmingham-based UKTN show and Narcissa Malfoy in Harry Potter, died ‘peacefully’ at her home, surrounded by friends and family. family.

Shocked: In an interview with The Mirror, David, 55, said: 'None of us knew what she was up to' before paying tribute to the Peaky Blinders actress.

Shocked: In an interview with The Mirror, David, 55, said: ‘None of us knew what she was up to’ before paying tribute to the Peaky Blinders actress.

The ‘beautiful and powerful’ actress, who played Polly Gray on the Birmingham-based UKTN show and Narcissa Malfoy in Harry Potter, died ‘peacefully’ at her home, surrounded by friends and family. family.

Homeland star Lewis tweeted: ‘I’m heartbroken to announce that after a heroic battle with cancer the beautiful and powerful woman that is Helen McCrory has passed away peacefully at home surrounded by ‘a wave of love from friends and family.

“She died as she lived. Without fear. God, we love her and know how lucky we are to have had her in our lives. She blazed so brightly. Now go, little one, in the air, and thank you.

McCrory, who received the OBE for her theater services in the 2017 New Year’s Honors, was best known for playing Matriarch Polly in Peaky Blinders and Narcissa Malfoy in the Harry Potter films.

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Her other movie roles included the role of MP Clair Dowar in Skyfall and Cherie Blair in The Queen and The Special Relationship.

On television, she appeared in Doctor Who, Inside No 9 and His Dark Materials, and last year appeared in the drama Hugh Laurie Roadkill on the UKTN and ITV’s Quiz.

Tragic: McCrory was best known for playing Matriarch Polly in Peaky Blinders and Narcissa Malfoy in the Harry Potter films (pictured 2019)

Tragic: McCrory was best known for playing Matriarch Polly in Peaky Blinders and Narcissa Malfoy in the Harry Potter films (pictured 2019)

She has also had an accomplished stage career, earning applause for roles at the National Theater in productions of The Deep Blue Sea by Medea and Terence Rattigan.

McCrory was also nominated for an Olivier for her role as Rosalind in As You Like It in at Wyndham’s Theater in London in 2006.

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Her husband paid tribute to the star tonight with JK Rowling, Michael Sheen, Taron Egerton, Cillian Murphy and Kate Beckinsale.

Heartbroken: Peaky Blinders star died after 'heroic' battle with cancer, husband Damian announced on Friday night

Heartbroken: Peaky Blinders star died after ‘heroic’ battle with cancer, husband Damian announced on Friday night

The actress and Lewis married in 2007 after falling in love when they both starred in the play Five Gold Rings at the West End Almeida theater in 2003. Together they share a daughter Manon, 14, and her son. Gulliver, 13 years old.

The couple were last seen in an appearance on Good Morning Britain last month, where they appeared to talk about their charitable work for the Prince’s Trust and the Prince’s Trust Awards.

McCrory and Lewis have led fundraising efforts to provide hot meals for NHS staff during the pandemic. Their work has led to nearly £ 1million in donations to the Feed NHS program and partnerships with chains such as Leon and Wasabi.

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