HELEN McCrory kept her cancer diagnosis secret – and friends only found out days before she died.
The Peaky Blinders star died aged 52 after a “heroic” battle with cancer.
Helen McCrory died of cancer last monthCredit: Getty
Her husband Damian Lewis broke the tragic news on April 16, saying she had died peacefully at home.
His Homeland co-star David Harewood has since revealed his shock about the Helen‘s hidden health battle.
The 55-year-old told The Mirror: “None of us knew what she was battling’ before paying tribute to the late Peaky Blinders actress.
“Damian got in touch a couple of days before the news broke, he let us all know. It was all very, very upsetting.
David Harewood has revealed his shock about Helen’s secret battleCredit: BBC / Twenty Twenty Productions Ltd
“Nobody knew. None of us knew what she was battling.
“It was shocking and unbelievably sad. Damian did such a tremendous job in publicly handling all that.”
She refused to let the illness overshadow her family and professional life, friends have since revealed.
Helen died aged 52Credit: Rex
The star was married to actor Damian LewisCredit: Getty – Contributor
Actor Damian said as he announced his wife’s death: “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.”
Damian’s heartbreaking tribute to his wifeCredit: Twitter
The couple have two children together – daughter Manon born in September 2006 and son Gulliver, who was born in November 2007.
They appeared on Good Morning Britain four weeks before she died to discuss their latest charity project with the Prince’s Trust, where they are both ambassadors.
The couple appeared on Good Morning Britain last month to discuss their charity workCredit: Rex
Damian with their two children, Gulliver and ManonCredit: Rex
They raised for more than £1million to help get hot meals delivered to hardworking staff with the help of powerhouses of the food industry.