Actress Helen McCrory showed signs of her illness as she made her final TV appearance on Good Morning Britain last month.
The Peaky Blinders star, 52, passed away after a ‘heroic’ battle with cancer, her husband Damian Lewis announced on Friday night.
Last interview: Actress Helen McCrory showed signs of her illness as she made her final TV appearance on Good Morning Britain last month
During the chat presenter Kate asked the Harry Potter star half-way through if she was okay, asking: ‘Are you alright, Helen?’
She added: ‘You sound a bit croaky. Have you got a sore throat?’
The Peaky Blinders star replied with a brave smile, saying: ‘I’ve got children!’ to which Kate laughed and said ‘Oh you’ve been shouting at them!’
Difficult: During the interview on ITV’s GMB where she was speaking about her and Damian’s charity work, Helen appeared to have a croaky voice and looked pale
Tragic: The Peaky Blinders star, 52, passed away after a ‘heroic’ battle with cancer, her husband Damian Lewis announced on Friday night
Helen then added: ‘And I’ve got no makeup artist and no hair dresser!’
The couple were on GMB to discuss their involvement with the Prince’s Trust which is a charity that helps vulnerable young people get their lives on track.
Following her death Kate paid tribute to the actress, writing on Twitter: ‘Terrible news devastated for @lewis_damian and for their children and all the family.
‘A wonderful woman and together a wonderful pair who were always fun to interview and a great measure just to be around. Sending so much love to you all xxx’
Worried: During the chat presenter Kate asked the Harry Potter star half-way through if she was okay, asking: ‘Are you alright, Helen?’
The star’s cancer diagnosis had been kept quiet from the public, with Damian announcing the sad news of her passing in a statement on Friday.
Homeland star Damian tweeted: ‘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.
‘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.’
Upset: Following her death Kate paid tribute to the actress, writing on Twitter: ‘Terrible news devastated for @lewis_damian and for their children and all the family’
The ‘beautiful and mighty’ actress, who played Polly Gray in Peaky Blinders and Narcissa Malfoy in Harry Potter, died ‘peacefully’ at home surrounded by friends and family.
The screen star was awarded the OBE for services to drama in the 2017 New Years Honours.
Her other movie roles included playing MP Clair Dowar in Skyfall and Cherie Blair in The Queen and The Special Relationship.
Happy times: Helen had been married to fellow actor Damian since 2007 and shared two children with him – daughter Manon, 14, and 13-year-old son Gulliver (the couple pictured in February last year)
Star: McCrory was best known for playing the matriarch Polly Gray in hit BBC crime drama Peaky Blinders
On television, she appeared in Doctor Who, Inside No 9 and His Dark Materials, and last year appeared in the Hugh Laurie drama Roadkill on the BBC and ITV’s Quiz.
She also had an accomplished stage career, winning plaudits for National Theatre roles in productions of Medea and Terence Rattigan’s The Deep Blue Sea.
McCrory was also was nominated for an Olivier for her role as Rosalind in As You Like It in at London’s Wyndham’s theatre in 2006.
Starring role: Helen pictured as Polly Gray in Peaky Blinders left, and as Narcissa Malfoy in the Potter franchise right
Her husband led tributes to the star tonight along with JK Rowling, Michael Sheen, Taron Egerton, Cillian Murphy and Kate Beckinsale.
The actress and Lewis married in 2007 after falling in love when they were both cast in the play Five Gold Rings at the off-West End Almeida Theatre back in 2003. Together they share a daughter Manon, 14, and son Gulliver, 13.
Helen and Damian led fundraising efforts to provide hot meals for NHS staff during the pandemic. Their work led to almost £1million in donations to the Feed NHS scheme, and partnerships with chains including Leon and Wasabi.
Beauty: Helen attends the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards 2019 at The Royal Festival Hall