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Cillian Murphy says Peaky Blinders co-star Helen McCrory was his ‘closest colleague’ on set: ‘One of the finest actors’

Cillian has called Helen ‘one of the finest actors I’ve ever worked opposite’ (Picture: BBC)

Cillian Murphy has called his late Peaky Blinders co-star Helen McCrory ‘one of the finest actors I’ve ever worked opposite’ following her death.

The actress, who played Aunt Polly in the BBC series, died in April at the age of 52 following a private battle with cancer.

Chatting to The Guardian, Cillian, who stars as Tommy Shelby in the show, has since reflected on working with her.

When asked about his thoughts on Helen and what she meant to him, the 45-year-old replied: ‘Oh, man. She was my closest colleague on Peaky, and one of the finest actors I’ve ever worked opposite.

‘Any material, any scene… she made it special. She could do power and vulnerability, one after the other. She was just so cool and fun, and has such compassion for everyone she met.

‘I was kind of in awe about how she lived her life – the way she balanced her work and her family so beautifully.’

Cillian also spoke about his audition for Peaky Blinders, where he was in the final running to get the lead role, up against fellow actor Jason Statham.

Cillian and Helen starred in Peaky Blinders together (Picture: BBC)

He explained: ‘There was a bit of convincing needed. Initially, there may have been some doubts about whether I had the requisite physicality, which I understand.

‘I’m not the most physically imposing individual.’

Helen sadly died in April (Picture: BBC)

The actor had previously paid tribute to Helen shortly after the news of her death was announced.

He wrote on Twitter: ‘I am broken-hearted to lose such a dear friend. Helen was a beautiful, caring, funny, compassionate human being. She was also a gifted actor – fearless and magnificent.

‘She elevated and made humane every scene, every character she played. It was a privilege to have worked with this brilliant woman, to have shared so many laughs over the years.

‘I will dearly miss my pal. My love and thoughts are with Damian [Lewis; husband] and her family.’

Peaky Blinders is available to stream on BBC iPlayer.

Credit: Original article published here.

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