Following the official opening of The Old Vic's new production of King Lear starring double Academy Award-w...
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.
Selected London & West End Stage Appearances
|The Deep Blue Sea||Hester||Lyttelton Theatre||2016||Review|
|The Last of the Haussmans||Libby||Lyttelton Theatre||2011||Review|
|Late Middle Classes||Celia||Donmar Warehouse||2010|
|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 Devil's Desciple||Judith Anderson||Olivier||1994|