In 2007, Helen was nominated for an ALFS Award for her role in the movie The Queen, in the category British Supporting Actress of the Year. She was also nominated in 2005, for a Golden Satellite Award for her role in the mini-series Charles II: The Power & the Passion, in the category Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.
Helen's fist time acting in a movie was in the movie Uncovered. She played the character Lola.
Helen's parent's are Ian and Anne McCrory. She has a sister, named Catherine and a younger brother, John.
Helen dated actor Rufus Sewell. They began dating when they were both appearing in Pride and Prejudice, in Manchester.
Helen attended the boarding school, Queenswood, in Hertfordshire.
Helen started her acting career on stage in United Kingdom and she trained at the Drama Centre, in London.
Helen was cast in the movie Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, but while filming she became pregnant and was unable to film the physically demanding climax. Her character was replaced by a different actress.
In 1997, Helen won a BAFTA Cymru Award for Best Actress for her role in Streetlife and in 2001, she won a Broadcasting Press Guild Award for Best Actress for her role in North Square.
Helen and her husband, Damian Lewis have two children together. They have a daughter, named Manon and a son, named Gulliver. Manon was born on September 8, 2006 and Gulliver was born on November 2, 2007.
Helen is married to actor Damian Lewis. They were married on July 4, 2007.
Helen was raised in many places, including Norway, Nigeria, Cameroon, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Paris and Madagascar.
Helen is 5'4" (1.63 m) tall.
Helen: If you're willing to have the same expectations of yourself that many male actors have and many women actors deny themselves by wanting to look sexy or pretty. Then there are a lot of parts that are open to you. If there's one interesting thing about acting, it's trying to lose your ego in the character.
(On what her daughter, Manon is like)
Helen: She's very easy and very beautiful. So far she's also very calm, so Damian (her husband) should definitely be getting a DNA test for that one.
Helen: I was lucky to learn early in life that you need money for food and shelter, but there's no ambition in having money in the bank for the sake of it!
Helen: Theatre is liberating because it only works if it's truthful, That's what it requires. That's not true of film: the camera does lie. You can be moved by a performance on set, but when you see it on screen, it does nothing. Yet there will be someone you simply didn't notice on set that on screen: bam!