Damian Lewis remembers Helen McCrory on ‘perfect’ poetry night dedicated to his late wife

Damian Lewis remembered his late wife Helen McCrory at a poetry reading event dedicated to the actress.

The actor said the National Theater event was “perfect” because of the Peaky Blinders star’s love of the venue.

During the Tuesday night event (January 25), a clip of Helen reading poetry played on screen.

“Tonight is dedicated to her and that’s perfect as Helen loved the National Theatre,” Damian said, as reported by the Daily Mail.

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“One person whose thunder absolutely would not be stolen was Helen McCrory.”

The actress, also known for her roles in the James Bond and Harry Potter franchises, died of cancer in April.

A “heartbroken” Damian shared the moment she passed away peacefully at home and paid tribute to his “beautiful and powerful” wife in a social media post.

Damian joined Allie Esiri for the A Poet for Every Day of the Year event alongside other special guests including Simon Russell Beale, Lesley Sharp and Fay Ripley.

The actor, known for his roles in Homeland, Band of Brothers and several film roles, reportedly read Derek Mahon’s ‘Everything Is Going To Be All Right’, before the evening ended with a video of Helen reading Mary Oliver’s ‘ Wild Goose’.

Peaky Blinders star Helen died in April 2021

Damian and Helen married in July 2007 after meeting four years earlier on stage at the Almeida Theater in London.

The couple have two teenage children, daughter Manon and son Gulliver.

Two days after Helen’s death, Damian penned a moving tribute to her “fearlessness, wit, curiosity, talent and beauty”.

He wrote: “I am heartbroken to report that after a heroic battle with cancer, the beautiful and powerful woman that is Helen McCrory passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by an outpouring of love from from his friends and family.”

He added: “She died as she lived. Fearless. God, we love her and know how lucky we are to have had her in our lives. She shone so brightly. Go now, little one, in the air, and thank you.”

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