The Most Memorable TV Roles of Helen McCrory’s Remarkable Career

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Helen McCrory in "Peaky Blinders"

The sudden passing of the Harry Potter star Helen McCrory took Hollywood by storm, and many of her fans and co-stars took a moment to celebrate her legacy. The late British actress gave us a series of remarkable performances over the decades, so let’s take a look at some of her most memorable TV roles.

Peaky Blinders

If we had to pick the defining role of McCrory’s career, we’d definitely have to go with Aunt Polly. Her performance was one of the shining lights of Peaky Blinders, and we can’t imagine anyone else playing the matriarch of the Shelby Family with so much grace and gravitas.

The Special Relationship

McCrory did such an amazing job playing first lady Cherie Blair in the 2006 historical drama The Queen that she ended up reprising it in another project written by Peter Morgan. The Special Relationship came out four years later and it’s one of her most critically acclaimed TV films.

Penny Dreadful

Penny Dreadful featured so many enigmatic characters that it was quite difficult to make an impact, but McCrory still managed to get it done. She played the role of the conniving spiritualist Evelyn Poole, also known by the alias Madame Kali, who was skilled with dark arts.