Actor Helen McCrory passed away this week following a battle with cancer, and since the news of was announced, one of the memories being shared of her is the time she forgot her glasses when presenting at the BAFTA Awards but still managed to pull it off by using her sunglasses instead.
In true Polly Gray style, the actor stole the show, managing to not buckle under the pressure or have a massive panic attack, as I know I would have done.
In the clip, McCrory, standing at the podium ready to announce the nominees, says: “Erm, it’s always an honour to present this evening, which is why you’d think I’d remember my right glasses, but I haven’t, ladies and gentlemen.”
As chuckles ripple through the audience, McCrory – ever the pro – swiftly pulls out her sunglasses and puts them on.
Not missing a beat, she says: “So excuse me while I read the auto-cue. It is hard to imagine a field stronger than the leading actor category this year.”
Since the clip was reshared by actor Daniel Mays (Line of Duty), fans have piled into the comments to share their condolences.
One user said: “Great clip.
Tragic news, loved her in everything she did. RIP Helen.”
Echoing these sentiments, another wrote: “Staggeringly brilliant actress. Devastating loss.”
The tragic news of McCrory’s death was announced by her husband Damian Lewis.
In a statement to Twitter, he wrote: “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.
The official Peaky Blinders Twitter account shared its own tribute after the news broke, posting a picture of McCrory as Polly Gray and writing: “All our love and thoughts are with Helen’s family.
“Rest in peace.”
McCrory, as well as starring in huge film franchises such as Harry Potter as Narcissa Malfoy, and the James Bond films, also appeared in Doctor Who.
The official website of the BBC show said: “We are sad to report the death of actress Helen McCrory, who starred in ‘The Vampires of Venice’.”