Fast Facts

  • Lived in Norway, Nigeria, Cameroon, Zanzibar and France while growing up.
  • One of her first roles was as a New Orleans prostitute in Neil Jordan's Interview With the Vampire (1994).
  • Founded the production company The Public with Michael Sheen.
  • Best-known for playing Cherie Blair in the 2006 drama The Queen and for her award-winning role as Rose Fitzgerald in the British TV series North Square.
  • Due to pregnancy, she was unable to take the role of Bellatrix Lestrange in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) and was replaced by Helena Bonham Carter; she was later cast as Bellatrix's sister Narcissa Malfoy in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009).


  • 2013, Olivier Awards — Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee


  • Ian McCrory — Father
  • Manon Lewis — Daughter
  • John McCrory — Brother
  • Damian Lewis — Husband
  • Gulliver Lewis — Son
  • Catherine — Sister
  • Anne McCrory — Mother


  • University of the Arts, Drama Centre, London, England


  • Birth Name: Helen Elizabeth McCrory
  • Birth Place: Paddington, London, England
  • Birthday: August 17, 1968, Leo
  • Profession: Actor
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