Helen McCrory hid her secret cancer battle during an interview just four weeks before her death.
“Are you alright Helen? You sound a bit croaky, have you got a sore throat?” host Kate Garraway asked McCrory, to which the actress jokingly replied: “No, I’ve got children! Thank you for asking.”
“You’ve been shouting at them!” Garraway added.
Lewis eventually took over and spoke on behalf of the pair.
The Peaky Blinders star died of cancer on Friday, April 16. According to her friend, director Carrie Cracknell, McCrory hid her health battle from the public eye and “swore friends to secrecy” as she underwent treatment.
“Very, very few people knew, and I only did because we were planning to transfer a show to Broadway and we had to cancel that because she was undergoing treatment. We were sworn to secrecy,” Cracknell told BBC’s Today. “Her need to be fully alive and be committed and to take things incredibly seriously, such as her family and charity work, defined her last few years for her as much as ever.”
McCrory, who was awarded an OBE for services to drama in 2017, was best known for her role in Peaky Blinders as well as appearing in the Harry Potter franchise.
Lewis announced her death on Friday via Twitter, writing, “I’m heartbroken to announce that after a heroic battle with cancer, the beautiful and mighty woman that is Helen McCrory has died peacefully at home, surrounded by a wave of love from friends and family.
“She died as she lived. Fearlessly. God we love her and know how lucky we are to have had her in our lives. She blazed so brightly. Go now, Little One, into the air, and thank you.”
Lewis and McCrory met in 2003 and have been married for 14 years after they wed in 2007 at the Kensington and Chelsea Registry Office. They have two children together — daughter Manon, 14, and son Gulliver, 13.
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