Helen McCrory did not film any scenes as her iconic character Aunt Polly in the sixth and final series of Peaky Blinders following her cancer diagnosis.
The actress, who died last year at the age of 52, did not get a chance to appear in any scenes and the BBC drama’s creators had to rewrite “huge sections” of the show.
Fans of the show will be sad to learn that Helen will not be joining the final installment of the gangster family epic.
Heartbreaking: Helen McCrory filmed no scenes as her iconic character Aunt Polly in the sixth and final series of Peaky Blinders after her cancer diagnosis (pictured February 2020)
Filming for the previous series was halted in March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic and resumed in January 2021.
Helen swore a secrecy to friends as she suffered grueling breast cancer treatment and was unable to participate in filming for Peaky Blinders.
He passed away in April last year. The Harry Potter star appeared on TV to promote the Prince’s Trust only six weeks before his death, and shared her secret struggle with ‘very, very few people.
A spokesperson told The Sun: ‘Helen didn’t film with us in series six, but Polly is an ever-present part of the show.
Tragic: The actress, who died last year at the age of 52, didn’t get a chance to appear in any scenes and the BBC drama’s creators had to rewrite ‘huge sections’ of the show (picture series 5)
‘She is forever the matriarch of the Shelby family and her presence is always felt by Tommy and the rest of the family. Its influence is an integral part of the weather.
The airing date of the new series has been pushed after a delay in post-production by Kovid.
As per reports, Aunt Polly was roped in to play a major role in the new series before she was to be scrapped from the script.
Helen has played Polly Gray since series one, which aired in 2013, and became a household name for her part and her role in Harry Potter.
Sad News: Fans of the show will be shocked to learn that Helen will not be attending the final installment of the gangster family epic (Featured Feb 2020)
He last played the role in 2019.
Her last TV role was in the autumn of 2020, portraying Prime Minister Don Ellison in the BBC political drama Roadkill alongside Hugh Laurie.
Following Helen’s death, her husband Damien Lewis wrote on Twitter: ‘I am heartbroken to announce that after a heroic battle with cancer…
‘Beautiful and mighty lady Helen McCrory has died peacefully at home, surrounded by a wave of love from friends and family.
‘She died like she lived. Being fearless. God we love him and know how lucky we are to have him in our lives. She lit up so fast. Now go, Little One, in the air, and thank you.’
LOVE: After Helen’s death, her husband Damien Lewis wrote on Twitter: ‘I am sad to announce that after a heroic battle with cancer…’
He later revealed that his late wife had urged him to find love again just two weeks before his death, saying that he showed ‘no fear, no bitterness’ and ‘no self-pity’.
Writing in The Sunday Times, the actor said that Helen told him and their children, 14-year-old daughter Manon and 13-year-old son Gulliver, that he wanted ‘daddy to have a lot of girlfriends’.
He wrote: ‘She has been utterly heroic in her illness. Funny, of course – generous, brave, without complaint, constantly reminding us all how lucky we are, how blessed we are.
‘His generosity has extended to encourage the three of us to live. Live to the fullest, take opportunities, take adventures.
Heartbroken: In April, Damien announced that Peaky Blinders star died after a ‘heroic’ battle with cancer
‘Only a few weeks ago he told us from his bed, ‘I want daddy to have girlfriends, lots of them, you all should love again, love doesn’t have the right, but you know, Damien, less Try to get less than the last rites though without anyone smelling it.’
Damien also wrote about his heartbreak, saying that Helen had abandoned her children ‘too early’, but they were drawn to life because it taught them to be ‘courageous’.
He stood by the actress’s side during her illness, with Helen talking selflessly about her charity work to overcome her hoarse voice in her final TV appearance last month.
The couple’s devotion to one another was shining brightly for all, with Lewis saying the actress died peacefully at home surrounded by ‘peace and love’ and their children.