Helen McCrory has sadly passed away at the age of 52 following a battle with cancer.

The much-loved actress enjoyed an incredibly successful career having bagged highly sought-after roles in Harry Potter, James Bond, and most recently, hit Netflix series, Peaky Blinders.

While she’s recognised as one the most talented stars to grace the film industry, Helen enjoyed a quiet family life behind closed doors.

The Aunt Polly actress tied the knot with husband Damian Lewis in 2007, and the pair welcomed two children together – Manon, 14, and Gulliver, 13.

Taking to Twitter on Friday, Band of Brothers star Damian took announced the unexpected death of his beloved wife.

In a heartbreaking statement, the 50-year-old actor confirmed that Helen has lost her battle with cancer.

Helen McCrory has sadly passed away at the age of 52 following a battle with cancer
Helen McCrory has sadly passed away at the age of 52 following a battle with cancer

"I'm heartbroken to announce that after a heroic battle with cancer, the beautiful and mighty woman that is Helen McCrory has died peacefully at home, surrounded by a wave of love from friends and family."

He added: "She died as she lived. Fearlessly. God, we love her and know how lucky we are to have had her in our lives. She blazed so brightly.

“Go now, Little One, into the air, and thank you."

Damian first met Helen when the pair performed together in Five Gold Rings at London's Almeida Theatre.

The couple married in 2007
The couple married in 2007

After she grew close to Damian, Helen told Radio Times what first attracted her to the actor.

"He just made me laugh a lot. And still does,” she revealed during a 2015 interview.

“Everyone in life wants someone to love and be loved by, but I think I was always just engrossed and involved in work. And no, the timing was pure fluke, pure chance, it always is.”

Following their whirlwind romance, Helen and Damian tied the knot in July 2007 in a stunning registry office ceremony, surrounded by their closest friends and family.

Damian and Helen share two children together
Damian and Helen share two children together

Lifting the lid on their special day, Helen previously told: “I had a lovely honeymoon. It lasted an evening. It was very short but very lovely.

"We got married in the Kensington and Chelsea registry office, then walked down the King's Road and had lunch in a nice restaurant around the corner with 11 people. It was a very romantic day."

Helen previously revealed that she felt as though her and Damian were ‘made for one another’.

While the pair enjoyed a blissful marriage, they also understood one another’s work commitments and the scarifies each would have to make in order to progress in their respective careers.

Helen played Polly Gray in Peaky Blinders
Helen played Polly Gray in Peaky Blinders

During a 2017 interview, Helen opened up about how supportive her beloved husband had been when encouraging her take an incredible role in Fearless.

“He is so supportive. Much more so than I am. He was the one that persuaded me to do Fearless,” the actress gushed at the time.

"He told me, 'You have to do Fearless. You have to'. I pointed out that he was going to be in America filming Billions and in 10 years I've always had the children when he goes away filming. But he replied, 'Well, I'll do it. Of course, I can'."

Helen and Damian had made a pact during their marriage that neither of them would accept work at the same time
Helen and Damian had made a pact during their marriage that neither of them would accept work at the same time

Both Helen and Damian had made a pact during their marriage that neither of them would accept work at the same time.

This was to ensure that one parent would always be there to care for their two children while the other would be away on location filming.

Helen’s last public appearance was on March 12's episode of Good Morning Britain, where she and Homeland star Damian spoke about their charity work.

The actress was awarded an OBE in the 2017 honours list for services to drama
The actress was awarded an OBE in the 2017 honours list for services to drama

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Together, the couple raised more than £1million for Feed NHS at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Helen’s film and TV career spans over two decades, but she is most well known for her matriarch role in Peaky Blinders alongside Cillian Murphy and Tom Hardy.

The actress was awarded an OBE in the 2017 honours list for services to drama.