“To my Aunt Polly.”

Last week, Helen McCrory died of cancer at 52, and since then her fellow actors and fans have been celebrating her life and work.

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Helen’s death came while filming is underway for the final season of Peaky Blinders, and the cast and crew — both on and off set — have been honoring her time as the formidable Polly Gray. Here are some of their beautiful tributes:

1. First, the show gave this statement, which details Helen’s incredible impact on Peaky Blinders and how “privileged” everyone was to have worked with her.

2. The crew shared this lovely tribute as they prepared to film a scene for the final season on April 19, three days after Helen’s death.

Here’s a closer look at the clapboard they used, which includes a beautiful drawing of Helen and some of Polly’s favorite things:

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Director Anthony Byrne said on Instagram, “Today was beautiful and strange and sad and surreal. We found ourselves in the most beautiful environment. The sun beating down on us and it felt ok.” He explained that this is the “‘A camera board” for Peaky Blinders and “Polly Gray is always in front of our cameras.”

3. Director Anthony Byrne also shared this photo of Helen and said “many glasses were raised to Helen in Manchester on Friday night,” which is where the show films.

4. In a statement, Cillian Murphy said, “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.”


He continued, saying, “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] and her family.”

5. Paul Anderson, who stars as Arthur Shelby, posted this selfie with Helen and Cillian, and dedicated it “To my Aunt Polly.”

6. Finn Cole, who plays Michael Gray, shared this photo and ended his tribute with “Thank you mum. Rest easy.”

Finn also posted a series of videos on his Instagram story calling Helen the “life and soul” of Peaky Blinders and he thanked her for “pulling a performance out of me I didn’t even think I was capable of.”

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7. Sophie Rundle, who plays Ada Shelby, penned this heartfelt Instagram post to “Our Pol,” and said that she was “so fucking cool.”

8. Joe Cole, who stars as John Shelby, wrote, “They don’t make many like this one, let me tell you.”

9. Annabelle Wallis, who plays Grace Shelby, wrote this touching tribute, saying, “I learnt so much watching you work, watching you light up the room with your intelligence and wit.”

10. Sam Claflin shared this photo from when he appeared as Sir Oswald Mosley on Peaky, and he wrote, “Any time I was ever fortunate enough to see your face across a crowded room, I felt ok.”

11. Kate Phillips, who plays Linda Shelby, took to Instagram to share this iconic photo of Helen as Polly with a simple caption.

12. And finally, Sam Neill, who played Chief Inspector Campbell, posted this adorable photo of Helen as she “waved goodbye” on his final day on set.

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