Cillian Murphy breaks silence on filming Peaky Blinders season 6 without Helen McCrory

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Peaky Blinders actor Cillian Murphy, 45, has spoken about filming the popular TV series without Helen McCrory, who played Polly Gray in the BBC show. In April Damian Lewis announced that his wife had died at the age of 52, following a “heroic” battle with cancer.

Addressing filming the sixth season of the show, the Irish actor said that the experience had been “desperately sad” without his late co-star in the picture.

Cillian, who plays main character Tommy Shelby, said that out of the whole cast and crew, he was closest with Helen.

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He said: “She was like the matriarch of Peaky Blinders, and I think my closest colleague on the show.”

The star went on to say that the Harry Potter actress was one of the most talented performers he had worked with.

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Paying tribute to his co-star, Cillian said it had been a “privilege” to have worked alongside such a “brilliant” actor.

In a statement, he said: “I am broken-hearted to lose such a dear friend.

“Helen was a beautiful, caring, funny, compassionate human being.”

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The star went on to praise her as a gifted actor, admitting he will “dearly miss her”.

He added to the PA news agency: “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,” the actor continued.

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He finished: “I will dearly miss my pal. My love and thoughts are with Damian and her family.”

Peaky Blinders finished filming its final series in Cheshire in May and Cillian previously revealed to Men’s Health magazine that the season would be dedicated to the late actress.

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