Tom Felton has paid a moving tribute to his Harry Potter co-star Helen McCrory, who died after a ‘heroic’ battle with cancer on Friday at the age of 52.
Writing on Instagram, the 33-year-old Draco Malfoy actor thanked Helen – who played his onscreen mother, Narcissa Malfoy – for ‘lighting the way forward and holding my hand when I had it. need ”.
Standing next to Helen in an image taken from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Tom also shared: ‘I never took the opportunity to tell her, but she has helped me so much to shape myself as a person – on-screen and off-screen. ”
Sad: Tom Felton, 33, has dedicated a touching Instagram tribute to his Harry Potter co-star Helen McCrory, who died after a ‘heroic’ battle with cancer on Friday at the age of 52.
The actor wrote in full, ‘It’s so sad to say goodbye so suddenly – I never took the chance to say it to her, but she helped me so much to shape myself as a person – to screen and off screen.
“She was always relentlessly herself – razor sharp mind – silver tongue – kind and warm – she didn’t suffer from fools but had time for everyone.
He concluded, “ Thank you for lightening the way forward and for holding my hand when I needed it. ”
The ‘beautiful and powerful’ actress, who played Polly Gray in Peaky Blinders and Narcissa Malfoy in Harry Potter, died ‘peacefully’ at her home surrounded by friends and family on Friday.
Grateful: The Draco Malfoy actor thanked Helen – who played his onscreen mother, Narcissa Malfoy – for ‘lighting the way forward’ (pictured with the Harry Potter cast)
Heartfelt: The actor wrote: ‘So sad to say goodbye so suddenly – I never took the chance to say it to her, but she has helped me so much to shape myself as a person – on screen and off screen ”
Helen’s husband, Homeland star Damian Lewis broke the news on Twitter.
He tweeted: ‘My heart is broken 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 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.
Helen received the OBE for her services to the theater in the 2017 New Year’s Honors.
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 BBC and ITV’s Quiz.
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.
Helen 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.
Family: Helen and Damian married in 2007, the actress shared daughter Manon, 14, and son Gulliver, 13, with the actor (the couple pictured in February last year)
Heartbroken: Peaky Blinders star died after ‘heroic’ battle with cancer, Damian announced Friday night
Her husband paid tribute to the star tonight with JK Rowling, Michael Sheen, Taron Egerton, Cillian Murphy and Kate Beckinsale.
Helen and Damian married in 2007 after falling in love when they both performed in the play Five Gold Rings at the West End Almeida Theater in 2003.
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.
Helen and Damian 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.
Tragic: Helen and Damian led fundraising efforts to provide hot meals for NHS staff during the pandemic (pictured 2019)