Will Helen McCrory play Polly in BBC’s Peaky Blinders Series 6? Brighton News

Actress Helen McCrory, known for her roles in Peaky Blinders and three Harry Potter films, has died of cancer at the age of 52.

The TV star, who has played Aunt Polly Gray on the BBC show since 2013, was due to reprise her role last season.

Peaky Blinders Season 6 is currently filming, but it’s unclear whether or not fans will be able to spot the deceased star in the upcoming series.

Helen’s husband Damien Lewis said on Friday the actress sadly passed away after a courageous battle with cancer.

Before her death, it had been confirmed that Helen would be in the sixth and final season of the hit show.

The Argus: Helen McCrory as Polly Gray in the BBC series Peaky BlindersHelen McCrory as Polly Gray in the BBC Peaky Blinders series

Creator Steven Knight confirmed in a Q&A at the BFI that the star’s character will be returning for the final season.

When asked if Helen’s character would survive to the end, he simply replied “Yes”.

Helen also confirmed last year that she had decided to stick with the show.

“I got a wonderful offer of something else from one of the people I think is the most talented,” she told the Express at the time.

“And I said no and I came back to it because I feel like it gave me so much.

She added: “You go all the way if anyone wants to, you don’t just say thank you.

“And also I want to go all the way.”

In the book By Order of The Peaky Blinders, she also said, “Polly will continue to be beaten by life because she loves her so much. Anyone who lives it at this point and takes risks in this way will be beaten. ”

The Argus: Damian Lewis and Helen McCroryDamian Lewis and Helen McCrory

After a year of delays due to the pandemic, the BBC’s cast were spotted on set in March as production began for the final season.

Helen had not been seen filming.

A spokesperson for the BBC show told us: “Helen’s performance as Polly Gray was inspiring, joyful, transgressive, hilarious and incredibly moving.

“As a person, she was extraordinary charismatic and deeply caring. We feel privileged to have worked with her over the past decade.

“All our thoughts and love are with Damian and his family.

“Out of respect for Helen and her family, we will not comment further at this time.”

Damian Lewis wrote on Twitter: “I am heartbroken to announce that after a heroic battle with cancer, the beautiful and powerful woman that is Helen McCrory passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by a wave of death. love of friends and family. ”

The Homeland actor added, “She died as she lived. Fearless. God we love her and know how lucky we are to have had her in our lives. She’s blown up so hard. Come on now. Go now. , Little, in the air, and thank you. ”

The Argus: Cillian Murphy with Helen McCrory Cillian Murphy with Helen McCrory

Cillian Murphy paid tribute to the “gifted” actress after the news of her death.

The actor called his Peaky Blinders co-star “a handsome, caring and funny and compassionate human being.”

Murphy, who plays Tommy Shelby in the crime drama, said, “I’m heartbroken to lose such a dear friend.

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

“She was also a gifted actress – fearless and beautiful. She uplifted and made human every scene, every character that she played.

“It was a privilege to have worked with this brilliant woman, to have shared so many laughs over the years.

“I will miss my boyfriend dearly. My love and thoughts are with Damian and his family.

A statement from BBC theater director Piers Wenger said: “Helen was one of the best actresses this country will ever see. From Potter to Peaky, from Blair to Bond, Helen’s fearlessness has returned every role. that she played unique and unmissable.

“His work speaks of his extraordinary talent, what he does not speak of is his kindness, his intelligence and his sense of pleasure.

“It’s too early, too cruel. Our hearts go out to his family and friends at this incredibly sad time,” he added.

The final season of Peaky Blinders is slated to air in late 2021 or early 2022.

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This notice was published: 2021-04-18 13:00:00