Cillian Murphy has joined the Peaky Blinders stars paying tribute to Helen McCrory following the announcement that the much-loved actress had died at the age of 52.
Homeland actor Damian Lewis told fans his ‘beautiful wife’ had lost her battle with cancer and passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family.
A number of Helen’s friends and former co-stars spoke out to share their condolences and remember Helen for her incredible work on stage and screen.
Peaky Binders star Cillian, who worked alongside Helen for many years on the hit BBC show, has joined those paying their respects.
In a statement to the PA news agency, Murphy, who plays Tommy Shelby in the drama, said: “I am broken-hearted to lose such a dear friend.
“Helen was a beautiful, caring, funny, compassionate human being.
“She was also a gifted actor – fearless and magnificent. She elevated and made humane every scene, every character she played.
“It was a privilege to have worked with this brilliant woman, to have shared so many laughs over the years.
“I will dearly miss my pal. My love and thoughts are with Damian and her family.”
Sam Neill, who also starred in the crime drama, tweeted: “Goodbye. Devastated my friend #HelenMcCrory died today. That brilliant woman – the greatest of actors.
“I so loved our time on #PeakyBlinders. She was witty, kind, skilled. Riotously funny.. and so damn cool. So young. Heartbroken for Damien + her family.”
The official Twitter account for Peaky Blinders also paid tribute to the actress who played matriarch Aunt Polly Gray in the show.
“All our love and thoughts are with Helen’s family. Rest in peace,” shared the team.
Actor Michael Sheen who worked with McCrory on ITV drama Quiz in 2019, also spoke out on social media.
“So funny, so passionate, so smart and one of the greatest actors of our time,” he tweeted.
“From the first moment I met her when we were just kids it was obvious she was very special.
“It was an honour to work with her and know her. Much love to Damian and her family. Heartbreaking.”
Helen is survived by Damian Lewis and their two children Manon and Gulliver.