How Carey Mulligan Just Paid Tribute To Helen McCrory

Helen McCrory died of cancer on April 16, 2021 and was 52 years old at the time of her death. The actor was widely known for her roles as Narcissa Malfoy in the "Harry Potter" franchise and Aunt Polly in "Peaky Blinders."

Her husband, Damian Lewis, confirmed the news of her death on Twitter, and it's clear that he is missing his wife. "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 family and friends," he wrote.

"She died as she lived. Fearlessly. God we love her and we know how lucky we are to have had her in our lives," Lewis continued, before concluding: "She blazed so brightly. Go now, Little One, into the air, and thank you," he added.

McCrory's life and career profoundly affected those in the entertainment industry. Carey Mulligan shared a touching message for the late actor as she accepted her latest award for the Oscar-nominated film, "Promising Young Woman."

Carey Mulligan dedicated this award to Helen McCrory

Carey Mulligan took home an Independent Spirit Award on April 22 for her role as Cassie in "Promising Young Woman," a film about a 30-year-old woman who is trying to avenge her late best friend by "exposing sexual predators," per Deadline. Mulligan dedicated her speech to famed actor Helen McCrory. "I just want to dedicate this award to a true independent spirit and actress that I have looked up to and will continue to look up to for the rest of my career: Helen McCrory," she said, per People. "Thank you to her for everything she gave us." Mulligan and McCrory, both British, have worked in London's theater scene in addition to their roles on the big screen, according to Sunday World.

Mulligan was in good company when she won best female lead that night. Viola Davis ("Ma Rainey's Black Bottom"), Frances McDormand ("Nomadland"), Nicole Beharie ("Miss Juneteenth"), Sidney Flanigan ("Never Rarely Sometimes Always") and Julia Garner ("The Assistant") were also nominated for the same award, per People. The actor gushed over her fellow nominees, saying, "I'm shocked and in awe and honored to be in this group of extraordinary women and I'm so floored by each and every one of their performances."