Damian Lewis paid tribute to his late wife Helen McCrory during a poetry performance at the National Theatre on Tuesday evening.
‘A Poet For Every Day Of The Year’ was dedicated to the memory of the beloved actress, who died from breast cancer last April at the age of 52.
At the event, Helen’s husband Damian performed a reading of various poem, including Invisible Kisses by Lemn Sissay, To Autumn by John Keats, and Everything Is Going To Be All Right by Derek Mahon.
He said: “This evening is dedicated to her and it’s perfect, because Helen loved the National Theatre. One person whose thunder would absolutely not be stolen was Helen McCrory.”
Poetry curator @AllieEsiri returns on 25 Jan to read from A Poet for Every Day of the Year with special guests.
Allie and @lewis_damian will be joined onstage by Simon Russell Beale, Lesley Sharp and Fay Ripley.
— National Theatre (@NationalTheatre) January 20, 2022
During the event, a clip of Helen reading poetry was played on screen.
Damian and Helen had been married since 2007, and share two children – daughter Manon, 15, and son Gulliver, 14.
Sharing the news of the death of his wife last April, Damian wrote: “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.”