Damian Lewis attends a performance in memory of late wife Helen McCrory in London four months after her death… also attended by pal Sadie Frost
Damian Lewis attended a performance in London in memory of his late wife Helen McCrory on Monday afternoon.
The Billions actor, 50, smiled for snaps outside the event which saw the Sir Hubert Von Herkomer Arts Foundation perform A Brave New World in honour of Helen, who was a patron of the Foundation.
Damian donned a navy blazer over a white T-shirt and grey slacks for the event, finishing off the look with trainers.
Tribute: Damian Lewis attended a performance in London in memory of his late wife Helen McCrory on Monday afternoon
He tragically lost his wife in April. Damian announced on April 16 that his wife had passed away aged 52 following a ‘heroic’ battle with cancer, leaving behind their two teenage children.
Sadie Frost was also in attendance for the performance.
The actress, 56, donned a sweeping black raincoat over white tennis shoes, adding a cream beanie hat to the look.
Debbi Clark, CEO and Founder of HVH Arts, paid tribute to her ‘friend and hero’ Helen, claiming that her ‘shining light will live on forever in the work we do’.
In support: Sadie Frost was also in attendance for the performance. The actress, 56, donned a sweeping black raincoat over white tennis shoes, adding a cream beanie hat to the look
Remembering: Debbi Clark, CEO and Founder of HVH Arts, paid tribute to her ‘friend and hero’ Helen, claiming that her ‘shining light will live on forever in the work we do’. She also posed with Damian and Sadie at the event
She also posed with Damian and Sadie at the event.
On the Foundation’s website, Debbi wrote: ‘We will be strong and try with all our might to smile today, but we will smile as that is what Helen McCrory did, she smiled, she gave, she enjoyed life to the full.
Helen McCrory a force of nature, passionate, dedicated to the arts and culture. Not only was she one of the world’s most brilliant actors, mesmerising on screen – off screen she was fearless, she was funny, she was selfless, she was a philanthropist and gave so much to so many.
‘Helen dedicated so much time off screen to her work with me at HVH ARTS – she was our Patron since we started our charity in 2013, which provides a gateway to the arts supporting disadvantaged children and young people by providing them with the inspiration and tools to develop life-long artistic passions, giving them access to free workshops in the arts.
An honour: The Billions actor, 50, smiled for snaps outside the event which saw the Sir Hubert Von Herkomer Arts Foundation perform A Brave New World in honour of Helen, who was a patron of the Foundation
Performance: Debbi and Damian chatted to cast members Riley De-Gragg and Joshua Bamgbose at a performance
Cast: Director Selina Giles, co-director Lily Alice Clark, and cast Kalise Gatamba, Breanna Caldeira, Rihanna Caldeira and Sienna Rackal also posed with the actor
‘Today we have set up the ‘McCrory Award’ in which all donations in the honour of Helen McCrory OBE will be put into this fund. The Award will be given each year to support under privileged young people with their journey in the arts.
‘To enable them to reach their full potential whether it be support in college fees, support for the resources needed to develop their skills in the discipline of their chosen medium, or support with one-on-one tuition in their art.
‘The ‘McCrory Award’ will be dedicated to supporting disadvantaged children and young people who are gifted in their art, yet many do not have access to the resources, the training, the income to support them fulfil their dream. The ‘McCrory Award’ will make their dreams become a reality.
‘Helen always believed that every child should have equal opportunities in the arts, she was a huge believer in that the arts should be accessible to every child. Helen was the most inspiring women I have had the honour to call my friend, my patron, my beautiful one.’
On Monday, Damian was joined by his nearest and dearest as he spent the day at Polzeath Beach in Cornwall. He seemed in good spirits as he treated himself to an ice cream before taking on his family in a game of rugby.
While Damian was enjoying the company of family, he is said to have received some unwelcome attention in recent weeks from female friends.
Heartbreaking: The actor, 50, announced on April 16 that his wife Helen had passed away aged 52 following a ‘heroic’ battle with cancer (pictured in 2012)
His wife Helen bravely told him to move on and have ‘lots of girlfriends’ before her tragic death in April – but sources told The Daily Mail that Damian is refusing to take instruction.
A friend of the actor revealed that Damian has been batting away women seeking to be his shoulder to cry on.
‘There’s been no shortage of female friends ‘dropping by’ to see him and the children,’ the source revealed.
They painted a picture of Desperate Housewives-style scenes, with glammed-up women dropping off platters of food in a bid to get their foot in the door with the hunky widower.
Yet the insider revealed the efforts had been fruitless, adding: ‘But Damian is not keen on venturing out on to the dating scene again. He’s still mourning Helen.’
Helen left a hilarious parting message for her family: ‘You must all love again, love isn’t possessive, but you know, Damian, try at least to get through the funeral without snogging someone.’
When she died, Damian wrote on Twitter: ‘I’m heartbroken to announce that after a 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. God we love her and know how lucky we are to have had her in our lives. She blazed so brightly. Go now, Little One, into the air, and thank you.’
He later revealed his late wife had urged him to find love again just two weeks before her death, adding she had shown ‘no fear, no bitterness’ and ‘no self-pity.’
Writing in The Sunday Times, the actor said Helen told him and their children, daughter Manon, 14, and son Gulliver, 13, that she wanted ‘Daddy to have lots of girlfriends’.
He wrote: ‘She has been utterly heroic in her illness. Funny, of course — generous, brave, uncomplaining, constantly reminding us all of how lucky we’ve been, how blessed we are.
‘Her generosity has extended to encouraging us three to live. Live fully, take opportunities, have adventures.
‘Only a couple of weeks ago she said to us from her bed, ‘I want Daddy to have girlfriends, lots of them, you must all love again, love isn’t possessive, but you know, Damian, try at least to get though the funeral without snogging someone.’
Damian also wrote of his heartbreak that Helen had left their children ‘too early’ but they have been prepared for life as she taught them to be ‘courageous’.
Heartbroken: In April, Damian announced the Peaky Blinders star passed away after a ‘heroic’ battle with cancer
He stood by the actress’ side during her illness, with Helen brushing off her hoarse voice in her final TV appearance last month to selflessly talk about their charity work.
The couple’s devotion to one another shone brightly for all to see, with Lewis saying the actress died peacefully at home surrounded by ‘peace and love’ and their children.
Helen, who was awarded the OBE for services to drama in the 2017 New Years Honours, was best known for playing the matriarch Polly in Peaky Blinders and Narcissa Malfoy in the Harry Potter films.
Selfless: Damian stood by the actress’ side during her illness, with Helen brushing off her hoarse voice in her final TV appearance to selflessly talk about their charity work
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