Nine months ago, Damian Lewis lost the woman of his life. On April 16, 2021, the actor announced the death of Helen McCrory, who died of cancer at just 52 years old. “She passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by the love of her friends and family. She died as she was born. Fearless. God, we love her and know how lucky we were to have her. to have in our lives. She was radiant. Fly away little, in the air, and thank you”, wrote the actor, notably known for his role in the series Homeland. Nine months after the disappearance of the actress, her husband paid her a moving tribute this Tuesday, January 25. He then participated in an evening of poetry at the Royal National Theater in London, in front of 900 people including his daughter Manon, 15, and his son Gulliver, 14.
In front of the floor, Damian Lewis recited Derek Mahon’s poem Everything is going to be All Right, which he dedicated to his “perfect Helen”. “This evening is dedicated to her and it’s perfect as Helen loved the National Theatre. If there was anyone who would not have been upstaged it was Helen McCrory”, he explained , upset. In the columns of the Sunday Times shortly after the announcement of the death of his wife, the actor had already dedicated a sublime platform to him. “Helen was an even more brilliant person than she was an actress. She was a human person, of course, wrote the actor. Her principles of life were benevolence and generosity. (…) She asked always told people how they were, always cared about them, made everyone he met feel special, like they were the only person in the room.”
Helen McCrory “showed no fear, no bitterness, no self-pity”
Damian Lewis had also spoken of his wife’s philosophy of life: “Helen believed that happiness is chosen. I have never known anyone who can enjoy life so much. Her ability to be in the present and enjoy the moment was a source of inspiration”, he continued before talking about their two children, who have “been prepared for life” thanks to their mother. Like her, “they have in them the fearlessness, the spirit, the curiosity, the talent and the beauty” that she bequeathed to them. “She urged us to be brave and not to be afraid. As she repeatedly told the children: ‘Don’t be sad, because even though I’m about to leave, I’ve lived the life what I wanted,” he still recalled. His greatest and most exquisite act of bravery and generosity was to ‘normalize’ his death. She showed no fear, no bitterness, no self-pity- even, she only armed us with the courage to continue and insisted that no one be sad.”
Helen McCrory and Damian Lewis © Backgrid UK