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Cillian Murphy shared his feelings about filming Peaky Blinders’ upcoming season without Helen McCrory.

The ‘Harry Potter’ star died of breast cancer at 52 in April 2020. During her time as Narcissa Malfoy in the popular franchise, the actress had recently played the role of Aunt Polly in the BBC series.

Before the sixth and final series of ‘Peaky Blinders,’ Murphy looked back on his friendship with McCrory and how the pandemic played a role in her absence in the show.

I’ve never lost anyone like that — who was young and a friend. It was very confusing. But she was magnificent. She was an absolutely magnificent person.

Murphy said in an interview:

We were just reeling throughout the whole thing.
She was a dear, dear pal and she was the beating heart of that show, so it felt very strange being on set without her. The difficult thing to comprehend is that, if it wasn’t for Covid, there would be a whole other version of this show with Helen in it. But she was so private and so f***ing brave and courageous.


Cillian Murphy continued:

She was inspirational. People throw that word around, but she genuinely was. Her values, the way she dealt with her kids and Damian [Lewis, her husband of 14 years]… She cares about everybody.
It’s just… I still can’t believe she’s not here. It doesn’t make sense.

Production of the final series was halted in March 2020, shortly after the pandemic began. It was restarted only in January 2021, when it was considered safe to continue the filming in Manchester. However, McCrory could not participate due to illness, and her character had to be written out of the series. She died in April of that year.

Bernard Bond

Bernard Bond is a leading expert in celebrity journalism and a television critic.

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