Piers Morgan leads tributes to Harry Potter star Helen McCrory who's died after 'heroic' cancer battle

SHOCKED stars have been paying tribute to actress Helen McCrory following her tragic death.

The Peaky Blinders star, 52, died following a "heroic" battle with cancer.

After her husband Damian Lewis made the heartbreaking announcement, Piers Morgan said: "What shocking and incredibly sad news. RIP Helen."

Helen's former co-star on 4. 3. 2. 1. film, Noel Clarke wrote: "RIP #HelenMcCrory you were the best and always lovely to me.

"It was a pleasure to work with you. Love ya. Blessings to Damian and the family."

Desert Island Discs host Lauren Laverne sent a message to Helen's husband, saying: "Sending my deepest condolences to you on this incalculable loss. It was an honour and a pleasure to talk to Helen about her life last summer. My heart goes out to you and your family."

Line of Duty star Vicky McClure added: "Oh Damian, I’m so sorry. Sending you & your family much love xxx."

Singer Ronan Keating wrote: "I’m So sorry brother. My heart and thoughts are with you."

Beverley Knight said: "Oh god no. An incredible actress. This is desperately sad. I feel for her husband ⁦@lewis_damian⁩ and family. Sincere condolences."

Her devastated husband today said in a statement: "I'm heartbroken to announce that after an 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 loved 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."

The Hollywood actress, who has also starred in Skyfall and Harry Potter, passed away peacefully at home.

She was married to actor Damian for 14 years.

The couple have two children together – daughter Manon born in September 2006 and son Gulliver, who was born in November 2007.

They last month appeared on Good Morning Britain to discuss their latest charity project with the Prince's Trust, where they are both ambassadors.

When asked if she had a sore throat by host Kate Garraway, Helen joked: "I've got children".

Caring Helen and Damian, who live in Suffolk, also helped feed frontline healthcare workers during the Covid pandemic.

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