Helen McCrory

Helen McCrory was born in London in 1968, where she studied acting at the Drama Centre. She started her stage career in 1990 where she played Gwendoline in The Importance of Being Earnest and as Gail in Teechers, in the same year she also played Witch in Macbeth. It was her 1993 performance as Rose Trelawny in the Trelawny of ‘Wells’ that brought her to attention winning an Ian Charleson Award.

Since then McCrory has played numerous roles in the West End, more notable her 1995 role of Lady Macbeth, in Macbeth, winning the Richard Burton Award For Most Promising Newcomer in the 1995 Shakespeare Globe Awards. In 2002/2003 she was nominated for three awards for her role as Yelena in Uncle Vanya and two other awards in 2006 including an Olivier Award nomination for Best Actress for her portrayal of Rosalind in As You Like It at the Wyndham’s Theatre. Her next acclaimed performance was in 2010 for her role of Celia Smithers in The Late Middle Classes at Donmar Warehouse, she was nominated for the Royal Television Society’s Best Actress award and What’s On Stage Theatregoers’ Choice Award for Best Actress in a Play. Her award winning shows don’t stop there for her performance as Libby in The Last Haussmans at the National Theatre, alongside Rory Kinnear. For this role she won Theatre Actress of the Year at the Glamour Awards and was nominated for an Olivier Award and What’s On Stage Theatregoers’ Choice Award. Her title role in Medea at the Olivier Theatre also brought her to attention, winning Critics’ Circle Theatre Award.

McCrory is not only distinguished in the theatre world but has also made many appearances in TV and film, more famously her appearance as Narcissa Malfoy in the Harry Potter film series, Mama Jeanne in Martin Scorsese’s film Hugo (2011), Polly Gray in Peaky Blinders and Clair Dowar in the Daniel Craig James Bond film Skyfall (2012). She has also appeared in Doctor Who, The Woman in Black: Angel of Death (2015) film and as Dr Victoria Frankenstein in Frankenstein.

McCrory returns to stage in 2016 with her role as Hester in The Deep Blue Sea at the Lyttelton Theatre, National from June 2016 until August 2016. The show has received five star reviews.


as title role Medea at the Olivier Theatre 2014


as Celia in Late Middle Classes at Donmar Warehouse 2010

Selected London & West End Stage Appearances

Show Role Theatre Year Link
The Deep Blue Sea Hester Lyttelton Theatre 2016 Review
Medea Medea Olivier 2014 Review
The Last of the Haussmans Libby Lyttelton Theatre 2011 Review
Late Middle Classes Celia Donmar Warehouse 2010  
Rosmersholm Rebecca West Almeida 2008 Review
As You Like It Rosalind Wyndham's 2005 Review
Old Times Anna Donmar Warehouse 2004 Review
Uncle Vanya Yelena Donmar Warehouse 2002 Review
How I Learned To Drive Lil Brit Donmar Warehouse 1998 Review
Les Enfants Du Paradis Garance Barbican  1996 Review
Macbeth Lady Macbeth Shakespeare's Globe 1995  
The Seagull Nina Olivier 1994  
The Devil's Desciple Judith Anderson Olivier 1994  

 

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