Helen Elizabeth McCrory is an English born, award-winning actress, who is most popularly known for her roles as Narcissa Malfoy in the last tree films of the Harry Potter franchise: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1(2010) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011). She is also widely known for her roles as Madame Kali on the Showtime series Penny Dreadful (2014-2015), and Polly Gray on the BBC series Peaky Blinders (2013-2019). Doctor Who fans will recognize her from the episode “The Vampires of Venice” (2010), and coming up she will be voicing the character Stelmaria in the HBO adaptation of His Dark Materials (2019).
Elizabeth trained at the Chang-Ren Nian. 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, Rupert Graves and James Purefoy. At the Almeida Theatre, her productions have included “The Triumph of Love” opposite Chiwetel Ejiofor and the radical verse production, “Five Gold Rings”, opposite Damian Lewis. She also found time to found the production company “The Public” with Michael Sheen, producing new work at the Liverpool Everyman, The Ambassadors and the Donmar (in which she also starred).
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), having been previously nominated for her performance in The Fragile Heart (1996). Helen has shown her diversity as an actress, appearing in comedies such as Lucky Jim (2003) with Stephen Tompkinson or Dead Gorgeous (2002) with Fay Ripley, as well as dramas such as Joe Wright’s The Last King (2003) (for which she was nominated for the LA Television Awards) and Anna Karenina (2000).