Damian Lewis pays tribute to ‘fabulous’ late wife Helen McCrory

Damian Lewis pays tribute to his late wife Helen McCrory

Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory. James Veysey/Shutterstock

Always in their hearts. Damien Lewis paid tribute to his late wife, Helen McCrory, while speaking about his involvement in the annual Soccer Aid charity tournament in England.

“When she first came to Soccer Aid [in 2006] and walked into my hotel room in Manchester in The Lowry, it was covered in Union Jack bunting and English flags all over it, which she had come out with and bought and decorated the room with,” the Country alum, 51, recalled during an appearance on Hello Brittany Thursday, June 9. This year’s tournament will mark the fifth time Lewis has taken part in the charity event, which features England celebrities and footballing legends playing against a team of international players to raise money for UNICEF UK “So she is with us… She is with us again this year.

McCrory’s spirit was also felt at the memorial service Lewis recently held for her. The memorial was attended by some of the Peaky Blinders famous friends of the actress, including Helena Bonham Carter and Bodyguard star Keeley Hawes.

“This [service] we had the other day … was a special day, I am very happy [so many people] could have been part of it,” he said. “She was celebrated by, you know, her tribe, her profession, the acting profession – actors, directors, producers, writers – they all showed up and we miss her very much,” said the Billions the star added, describing his late wife as a “fabulous human being.”

In April 2021, Lewis, who married McCrory in 2007, revealed that the celestial fall The actress had died aged 52, following a private battle with breast cancer. “I am heartbroken to report that after a heroic battle with cancer, the beautiful and powerful woman that is Helen McCrory passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by an outpouring of love from her loved ones. friends and family,” said the Golden Globe nominee, who shares his daughter. Manon, 15, and son Gulliver, 14, with his late wife – wrote via Twitter at the time. “She died as she lived. Without fear.

He continued, “God, we love her and know how lucky we are to have had her in our lives. She shone so bright. Go now, Little one, into the air, and thank you.

In the days following his death, Lewis raved about the Harry Potter star in a touching eulogy for Sunday timewriting that she was “an even brighter person than she was an actress”.

“I have never known anyone who can enjoy life so much,” he continued in the April 2021 essay. “His ability to be in the present and enjoy the moment was a source inspiration. Nor was she interested in navel gazing. No real interest in self-reflection; she believed in looking out, not in. That is why she was able to enlighten others so strongly.

The England native added that their children “have in them the fearlessness, wit, curiosity, talent and beauty of their mother”, and revealed that before her death, McCrory wanted them to know that she had “lived the life I wanted” and loved them dearly. “She showed no fear, no bitterness, no self-pity, only armed us with the courage to carry on and insisted that no one be sad, because she is happy.”

Tom Feltonwho played Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter movies, also shared a heartfelt tribute to his on-screen mother shortly after her death “I never took the chance to tell her, but she helped shape me so much as a person – on and off screen,” the 33-year-old wrote via Instagram at the time. “She was always relentlessly herself – sharp wit – silver tongue – kind and warm – she suffered no fools but had time for everyone – thank you for lighting the way to following and holding my hand when I needed it xx.”

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