Helen McCrory net worth: Damian Lewis pays memorial tribute to 'love of life' wife who owned 2 houses with him

Helen McCrory net worth: Damian Lewis pays memorial tribute to 'love of life' wife who owned 2 houses with him
Actor Helen McCrory with husband Damian Lewis pose after she was awarded an OBE by Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace, on November 7, 2017 in London, England (Getty Images)

On Sunday, April 18, Damian Lewis penned a heartbreaking tribute to his wife Helen McCrory, calling her the "love of life" after the actress died after losing her battle with cancer at the age of 52. The lengthy, tear-jerking tribute, in which the actor described his wife of fourteen years as “a meteor in our life," was published by the Sunday Times.

The 50-year-old father-of-two said of the 'Peaky Blinders' star: "Already I miss her. She has shone more brightly in the last months than you would imagine even the brightest star could shine. In life, too, we had to rise to meet her. But her greatest and most exquisite act of bravery and generosity has been to 'normalise' her death. She’s shown no fear, no bitterness, no self-pity, only armed us with the courage to go on and insisted that no one be sad, because she is happy. I’m staggered by her. She’s been a meteor in our life."

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Damian Lewis with Helen McCrory at the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards 2019 on May 12, 2019 in London, England (Getty Images)

He added: "I’ve never known anyone able to enjoy life as much. Her ability to be in the present and enjoy the moment was inspirational. Nor was she interested in navel-gazing. No real interest in self-reflection; she believed in looking out, not in. Which is why she was able to turn her light so brightly on others."

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Lewis also described how his wife remained a “people person” even as her illness worsened. “I’ve never known anyone so consciously spread happiness,” he wrote. “To say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ and ‘you’re so kind’ as much as she did. Even when dying in her last few days, when talking to our wonderful carers, she repeatedly said, ‘thank you so much’ in her half delirious state.”

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Helen McCrory and Damian Lewis arrive at the Laurence Olivier Awards at the London Hilton on February 26, 2006 in London, England (Getty Images)

According to Lewis, the couple's two children, Manon and Gully, have the “fearlessness, wit, curiosity, talent and beauty” of their mother. "She has exhorted us to be courageous and not afraid. She repeatedly told her children, 'Don’t be sad, because even though I’m about to snuff it, I’ve lived the life I wanted to.'"

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He talked about another recent interaction in his tribute. "Only a couple of weeks ago she said to us from her bed, ‘I want Daddy to have girlfriends, lots of them, you must all love again, love isn’t possessive, but you know, Damian, try at least to get through the funeral without snogging someone,'" he wrote. 

Helen McCrory net worth

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Actress Helen McCrory at the London Palladium on March 6, 2018 in London, England (Getty Images)

The star who died on Friday, April 16 chose to keep her diagnosis mostly private and continued with her charity work even up to a few weeks before her death. She shot to fame because of her role in 'Peaky Blinders' and also starred in the 'Harry Potter' franchise. She also portrayed Cherie Blair in two films.

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She was awarded an OBE by Queen Elizabeth at an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace, on November 7, 2017, in London. According to Celebrity Net Worth, actress Helen McCrory was reportedly worth an estimated $25 million at the time of her death -- this was the combined fortune she shared with her husband. Their family's home is in London and the couple also bought a second home in 2018 near Sudbury in Suffolk, where McCrory was quarantining before her death.

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McCrory, known for her powerful performances, also appeared in 'Penny Dreadful,' 'The Jury,' 'The Last King,' 'To Appomattox,' 'Fearless,' 'MotherFatherSon,' and 'Roadkill.' As a talented voice actor, she lent her voice to animated productions like 'Phineas and Ferb' and 'Fantastic Mr. Fox.' In 1997 she won a BAFTA Award for Best Actress for 'Streetlife.'

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