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Damian Lewis pays tribute to his late wife Helen McCrory

Actor Damian Lewis paid a moving tribute to his late wife Helen McCrory on Good Morning Britain on Thursday, saying: ‘She’s with us’.

The star, who participates in Sunday’s Soccer Aid, revealed how Helen has always been his biggest supporter – and GMB hosts Kate Garraway and Ben Shepherd shared their memories of the Peaky Blinders actor who died of cancer in April 2021 at the age of 52.

Ben began by saying: ‘The first time I met you and your lovely wife Helen outside of work was many years ago at Soccer Aid in Manchester and you were there with the family and children.

'She's still with us': Damian Lewis paid tribute to his late wife Helen McCrory on Good Morning Britain on Thursday

‘She’s still with us’: Damian Lewis paid tribute to his late wife Helen McCrory on Good Morning Britain on Thursday

“She was always such a vociferous supporter of you and everything you did.

“Kate and I were very honored to be at her memorial service a few weeks ago. I can imagine you are very touched by the outpouring of love and support she has been shown since she sadly passed away.’

Damian replied: ‘Well, she was a wonderful person and people from all walks of life reached out to say what an impact she had on their lives.

Troubled times: The Homeland star, 51, lost his actress wife Helen McCrory to breast cancer when she died at home last April at age 52

Troubled times: The Homeland star, 51, lost his actress wife Helen McCrory to breast cancer when she died at home last April at age 52

“That day we had a few weeks ago was a very special day, I’m very glad you could have been there and it was celebrated by her tribe, her profession, the acting profession – actors, directors, producers, writers all showed up and she is sorely missed.

“When she first came to Soccer Aid I had entered my hotel room at The Lowry in Manchester and it was covered with Union Jack flags and English flags everywhere that she had bought and decorated the room with . So she’s with us. This year she’s with us again.’

Kate added: “As you say, she has touched the lives of so many people that we all feel the loss you naturally live with every day, at least a fraction of it.”

Damian said of his late wife: 'Well she was a wonderful person and people from all walks of life reached out to say what an impact she had on their lives' (pictured in October 2012)

Damian said of his late wife: ‘Well she was a wonderful person and people from all walks of life reached out to say what an impact she had on their lives’ (pictured in October 2012)

Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes and Keeley Hawes were among those who unpacked St Paul’s Church in London’s Covent Garden last month, a year after Helen sadly passed away.

Her husband Damian Lewis, 51, was pictured with their children, daughter Manon, 15, who lectured, and son Gulliver, 14, who played guitar.

The hour-long service was opened with Beethoven’s Ode to Joy and was followed by a prayer and the hymn Lead me, O great Redeemer.

There was a talk on her “leading men,” and another was a recital of Maya Angelou’s poem Touched by an Angel.

Helen was known for her roles as the villainous Narcissa Malfoy in the Harry Potter films and as matriarch Aunt Polly in Peaky Blinders, the latter series of which paid tribute to her.

In addition to her Harry Potter co-stars Miss Bonham Carter and Fiennes, many Peaky Blinders actors were in attendance, including brothers Joe and Finn Cole, who play her on-screen cousin and son John and Michael Shelby. Other guests included Eddie Redmayne, Benedict Cumberbatch and Natascha McElhone.

Lewis, who married Miss McCrory in 2007, announced her death in April last year in a heartbreaking statement on social media.

Named an OBE in the 2017 New Year Honors for services to drama, Miss McCrory was also an award-winning stage actress, working with the National Theatre, the Almeida and the Donmar Warehouse, and playing Lady Macbeth at Shakespeare’s Globe.

Rufus Norris, Artistic Director of the National Theater, said she was “without doubt one of the great actors of her generation.”

Miss McCrory made her final TV appearance in March last year, alongside Lewis on Good Morning Britain to promote their work for the charity of The Prince’s Trust.

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