Damian Lewis honors late wife Helen McCrory

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Actor Damian Lewis wrote a heartbreaking tribute to his late wife Helen McCrory, writing that she was “a meteor in our lives.”

The “Billions” star remembered McCrory, who died of cancer on Friday at the age of 52, as both a “brilliant” actress and a kind and generous person.

“I have never seen anyone spread happiness so consciously,” Lewis wrote in the UK’s Sunday Times.

“Even as she died in her final days, talking to our wonderful caregivers, she said over and over, ‘thank you very much’ in her half-delusional state.

The couple met in 2003 when they both performed in a play at the Almeida Theater in London and married four years later. They shared two children, Manon, 14, and Gulliver, 13.

McCrory, who was known for her roles in the “Harry Potter” films and the BBC’s “Peaky Blinders” show, was “extremely proud” to be an actress and artist, her husband wrote.

But “Helen was an even smarter person than she was an actress.”

“She was a human person, of course… But she also lived by the principle of kindness and generosity. That you put these things in the world to make it better, to do
people feel better, ”Lewis wrote.

“She always asked people how they were doing, always cared, made everyone she met felt special, like she was the only person in the room. Gave them his full attention. Made them laugh, always, ”he continued. “There weren’t a lot of funnier people, she was as funny as hell.”

Helen McCrory, who died after battling cancer
Helen McCrory died after battling cancer
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Lewis, 50, recalled how a nurse at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London told him the guards looked forward to McCrory’s visits “because she had made their day better. They were asked how they were doing, cared about their home life, sowed joy, made them laugh.

“Helen was like, ‘Well their job is a lot harder than mine.’ And she was dying.

Even in his illness, McCrory was “utterly heroic,” Lewis said.

“Funny, of course generous, courageous, without complaint, constantly reminding us how lucky we have been, how blessed we are.

“I have never known anyone who could enjoy life so much,” he wrote. “Her ability to be in the present and enjoy the moment was inspiring. She was also not interested in looking at the navel. No real interest in self-reflection; she believed in looking out, not in. This is why she was able to turn her light so brightly on others.

Helen McCrory dances with her husband Damian Lewis
Helen McCrory dancing with her husband Damian Lewis
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Although she left their children too early, they were “prepared for life,” Lewis said.

“They have in them the fearlessness, the wit, the curiosity, the talent and the beauty of their mother. She urged us to be courageous and not to be afraid.

Lewis closed his tribute by describing how much he missed his late wife, writing that she “shone brighter in recent months than you can imagine even the brightest star could shine. »

“In life too, we had to get up to meet her,” he wrote. “But his greatest and most exquisite act of bravery and generosity was to ‘normalize’ his death. She did not show fear or bitterness or self-pity, she only armed us with the courage to continue and insisted that no one be sad, because she is happy.

“I’m amazed at it,” Lewis added. “She has been a meteor in our life.”

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