It is with deep sadness that BlogtorWho reports the death of Doctor Who actor Helen McCrory.

Doctor Who fans will fondly remember Helen McCrory’s role in The Vampires of Venice during Matt Smith’s debut season as the Eleventh Doctor. Rosannna Calvieri was the mysterious head of a school for girls in Venice, Italy. The Doctor and his companions discover that Rosanna was actually a Saturnyn, an aquatic alien species. McCrory’s elaborate costume spent a long time on display at the Doctor Who Experience in London.

The actor Helen McCrory, who appeared in the Doctor Who episode Vampires of Venice as well a wealth of beloved roles has died at the age of 52The actor Helen McCrory, who appeared in the Doctor Who episode Vampires of Venice as well a wealth of beloved roles has died at the age of 52The actor Helen McCrory, who appeared in the Doctor Who episode Vampires of Venice as well a wealth of beloved roles has died at the age of 52
The actor Helen McCrory, who appeared in the Doctor Who episode Vampires of Venice as well a wealth of beloved roles has died at the age of 52

In another universe McCrory played Narcissa Malfoy, wife of Lucius and mother of Draco, in the final three Harry Potter movies. She will perhaps best be remembered for her role as Aunt Polly, the matriarch of the Shelby clan, in the BBC series Peaky Blinders. Other television appearances included His Dark Materials, Quiz, Life and Penny Dreadful. In 1997 she won a BAFTA Cymru award for Best Actress for her performance as Jo opposite Rhys Ifans in Streetlife. McCrory also achieved many other notable credits on the big screen include portraying Cherie Blair in the film The Queen starring Helen Mirren, and as mother to Heath Ledger’s Casanova. Her career also included many memorable performances on stage including National Theatre productions including The Deep Blue Sea (2016), Medea (2014), The Seagull (1994) and Blood Wedding (1991).

BlogtorWho extends our thoughts to Helen McCrory’s family and friends at this difficult time.

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Bedwyr Gullidge
Assistant Director (uncredited) on Doctor Who episodes ‘Dark Water/Death in Heaven’, ‘Last Christmas’, 'The Return of Doctor Mysterio' and ‘Thin Ice’. A fan and collector since 6 years of age having watched Doctor Who repeats on BBC2. Equally enthusiastic about Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures. Lucky enough to own original costumes worn by Freema Agyeman, John Barrowman and Elisabeth Sladen. Author of a book chronicling the history of Doctor Who exhibitions coming soon from Telos Publishing.

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