McCrory, Helen Biography
biography of McCrory, Helen17 August 1968, London, England, UK
The award-winning actress Helen McCrory trained at the Drama Centre, London. She began her career on stage in the UK. She won the Manchester Evening News' Best Actress Award for her performance in the National Theatre's "Blood Wedding" and the Ian Charleson award for classical acting for playing "Rose Trelawney" in "Trelawney of the Wells". Helen's theatre work has continued to win her critical praise and a large fan base through such work as the Royal Shakespeare Company's "Les Enfant du Paradis" opposite 'Joseph Fiennes' (qv), 'Rupert Graves' (qv) and 'James Purefoy' (qv). At the Almeida Theatre, her productions have included "The Triumph of Love" opposite 'Chiwetel Ejiofor' (qv) and the radical verse production, "Five Gold Rings", opposite 'Damian Lewis (I)' (qv). Helen has also worked extensively at the Donmar Warehouse playing lead roles in "How I Learnt to Drive", "Old Times" directed by 'Roger Michel' (qv), and in 'Sam Mendes (I)' (qv)' farewell double bill of "Twelfth Night" and "Uncle Vanya" (a triumph in both London and New York). For her performance in "Twelfth Night", Helen was nominated for the Evening Standard Best Actress Award, and the New York Drama Desk Awards. Helen also found time to found the production company "The Public" with 'Michael Sheen' (qv), producing new work at the Liverpool Everyman, The Ambassadors and the Donmar (in which she also starred). With over twenty productions under her belt, 'Mike Coveney' (qv) recently wrote "We celebrate the careers of great actors Olivier, Ashcroft, Richardson, Gielgud, Dench, the Redgraves, Gambon, Walter, Sher, Russell Beale and McCrory". On the small screen, Helen's first television film, 'Karl Francis' (qv)' _Streetlife (1995)_ (qv) with 'Rhys Ifans' (qv), won her the Welsh BAFTA, Monte Carlo Best Actress Award and the Royal Television Society's Best Actress Award, for her extraordinary performance as "Jo". The Edinburgh Film Festival wrote "simply the best performance this year". She went on to win Critics Circle Best Actress Award for her role as the barrister "Rose Fitzgerald" in the Channel 4 series _"North Square" (2000)_ (qv), having been previously nominated for her performance in _"The Fragile Heart" (1996)_ (qv). Helen has shown her diversity as an actress, appearing in comedies such as _Lucky Jim (2003) (TV)_ (qv) with 'Stephen Tompkinson' (qv) or _Dead Gorgeous (2002) (TV)_ (qv) with 'Fay Ripley' (qv), as well as dramas such as 'Joe Wright (IV)' (qv)'s _"Charles II: The Power & the Passion" (2003)_ (qv) (for which she was nominated for the LA Television Awards) and _"Anna Karenina" (2000)_ (qv).
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- 'Damian Lewis (I)' (qv) (4 July 2007 - present); 2 children
- Brown hair.
- In her childhood she lived in Africa and Paris, and went to an English boarding school.
- Daughter of a diplomat and a physiotherapist.
- She grew up in Norway, Nigeria, Cameroon, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Madagascar and Paris, among other places.
- She was nominated for a 2002 London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actress for her performance in Uncle Vanya performed at the Donmar Warehouse.
- Engaged to actor 'Damian Lewis (I)' (qv) in February of 2006.
- Has two children with fiancé 'Damian Lewis (I)' (qv), daughter Manon born on September 8, 2006 and son Gulliver, born November 2, 2007.
- Sister-in-law of 'Gareth Lewis (IV)' (qv).
- She originally couldn't take the role of Bellatrix Lestrange in _Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)_ (qv) due to pregnancy and was replaced by 'Helena Bonham Carter' (qv). She has now been cast to play Narcissa Malfoy, Bellatrix's sister, in _Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)_ (qv).
- Her credits at London's Donmar Warehouse include: "Anna" in "Old Times" by 'Harold Pinter' (qv) (2004), "Yelena" in "Uncle Vanya" and "Olivia" in 'William Shakespeare (I)' (qv)'s "Twelfth Night)(2002, also NYC), 'Lil Bit in the UK premiere of "How I Learned To Drive" by 'Paula Vogel' (qv) and "In A Little World of Our Own", a new play by 'Gary Mitchell (II)' (qv)(1998).
- Starred as "Rosalind" in 'William Shakespeare (I)' (qv)'s "As You Like It" at the Wyndham Theater in London, England, in August 2005.
- Has performed in readings including: 'Alfred De Musset''s "Dont' Fool With Love", in which she played "Camille" (NT studio, 1992), "Orson's Shadow" by 'Austin Pendleton' (qv), in which she played 'Vivien Leigh' (qv) (Old Vic, 2006), "Look Back in Anger" by 'John Osbourne (II)' (qv), in which she played "Helena" (Royal Court, 2006) and 'Henrik Ibsen' (qv)'s "Little Eyolf" (English Touring Theatre, 2007).
- Her credits at London's Almeida THeatre include: "Rebecca" in 'Henrik Ibsen' (qv)'s "Rosmersholm" (2008), "Miranda" in "Five Gold Rings", a new play by Joanna Laurens (2003) "Anna" in 'Anton Chekhov' (qv)'s "Platonov" (2001), and "Leonide" in 'Marivaux' (qv)'s "The Triumph of Love" (1999, also tour).
- Played Garance in the RSC's adaptation of _Les enfants du paradis (1945)_ (qv) - Barbican, London (1996).
- Played "Lady MacBeth" in 'William Shakespeare (I)' (qv)'s "MacBeth" - Tricycle Theatre, London (1995).
- Played Keely in "Keely and Du" by 'Jane Martin (II)' (qv) - Olympia Theatre, Dublin Theatre Festival, Ireland (1995).
- Her credits at Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre include Belvidera in Otway's "Venice Preserv'd" (1994) and Lydia in "Pride & Prejudice" based on the novel by 'Jane Austen (I)' (qv) (1991, tour).
- Her National Theatre credits include: "the bride" in "Blood Wedding", a play by 'Federico Garcia Lorca' (1991-2), "Jacinta" in an international tour of "Fuente Ovejuna" by 'Félix Lope de Vega' (qv) (1992), the title character in "Trelawny of the Wells" by 'Arthur Wing Pinero' (qv) (1993), "Nina" in 'Anton Chekhov' (qv)'s "The Seagull" (1994), "Judith" in "The Devil's Disciple" by 'George Bernard Shaw' (qv) (1994).
- Played a witch in 'William Shakespeare (I)' (qv)'s "MacBeth" - Riverside Studios, London (1990).
- Harrogate Theatre: "Gwendoline" in 'Oscar Wilde' (qv)'s "The Importance of Being Earnest", "Teechers" by 'John Godber' (qv).
- (2002) She acted in 'William Shakespeare (I)' (qv)'s play, "Twelfth Night", at the Donmar Warehouse Theatre in London, England with 'Simon Russell Beale' (qv), 'Emily Watson (I)' (qv), 'Mark Strong (II)' (qv), 'Selina Cadell' (qv), 'David Bradley (IV)' (qv), 'Luke Jardine' (qv), 'Paul Jesson' (qv), 'Cherry Morris' (qv), 'Anthony O'Donnell' (qv), 'Gary Powell (II)' (qv) and 'Gyuri Sarossy' (qv) in the cast. 'Sam Mendes (I)' (qv) was the director.
- (2002) She acted in 'Brian Friel (I)' (qv)'s translation of 'Anton Chekhov' (qv)'s play, "Uncle Vanya", at the Donmar Warehouse Theatre in London, England with 'Simon Russell Beale' (qv), 'Emily Watson (I)' (qv), 'Mark Strong (II)' (qv), 'Selina Cadell' (qv), 'David Bradley (IV)' (qv), 'Luke Jardine' (qv), 'Paul Jesson' (qv), 'Cherry Morris' (qv), 'Anthony O'Donnell' (qv), 'Gary Powell (II)' (qv) and 'Gyuri Sarossy' (qv) in the cast. 'Sam Mendes (I)' (qv) was the director.
- (2001) She acted in 'Anton Chekhov' (qv)'s play, "Platonov", at the Almeida Theatre at King's Cross in London, England with 'Aidan Gillen' (qv), 'Adrian Scarborough' (qv), 'Helen McCrory' (qv), 'David Ross (I)' (qv), 'Bernard Kay (I)' (qv), 'Arthur Cox (I)' (qv), 'Jeffrey Wickham' (qv), 'Jodhi May' (qv), 'Bruce Purchase' (qv) and 'Sam Beazley' (qv) in the cast. 'Jonathan Kent (I)' (qv) was the director.
- (2005) She acted in 'William Shakespeare (I)' (qv)'s play, "As You Like It", at the Wyndham's Theatre in London, England with 'Dominic West' (qv), 'David Killick' (qv), 'Andrew Woodall' (qv), 'Sienna Miller' (qv), 'Sean Hughes (I)' (qv), 'Clive Rowe' (qv), 'Reece Shearsmith' (qv) and 'Ben Turner (V)' (qv) in the cast. David Lan was the director.
- (1996) She acted in Simon Callow's adaptation of Jacques Prevert's story, "Les Enfants Du Paradis," in a Royal Shakespeare Company production at the Barbican Theatre in London, England with Colin Farrell, James Purefoy, Joseph Fiennes, Rupert Graves, Colin George, Sylestra Le Touzel, Robert Demeger, Maggie Wells, Peter Spoule, James Ellis, and James Faulkner in the cast. Simon Callow was director.
- (2007) Provided the voice of The Grey Lady in Focus on the Family's Father Gilbert Mysteries radio drama "The Grey Lady".
- Theatre is liberating because it only works if it's truthful, That's what it requires. That's not true of film: the camera does lie. You can be moved by a performance on set, but when you see it on screen, it does nothing. Yet there will be someone you simply didn't notice on set that on screen: bam!
- I was lucky to learn early in life that you need money for food and shelter, but there's no ambition in having money in the bank for the sake of it!
- "movieScope Magazine" (UK), June 2009, Vol. 3, Iss. 1, pg. 38-40, by: Brian Timoney, "Helen McCrory: Her Special Relationship with Acting"
- "The Independent" (UK), 10 May 2008, Iss. 6730, pg. 28, by: Antonio Fabrizo, "The 5-Minute Interview: Helen McCrory 'I grew up in Africa and I love to dance to its music'"
- "The Independent" (UK), 8 January 2008, Iss. 6624, pg. 14 - 15, by: Hannah Duguid, "The dame game"
- "Culture" (UK), 26 August 2001, pg. 14-15, by: Fiona Morrow, "Force of Nature"
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