Helen McCrory has been 'desperately sad'. Paying tribute to Helen, Cillian, 45, who plays Tommy Shelby in the Birmingham-based BBC show - nephew to Helen's Polly - revealed: 'She was like the matriarch of Peaky Blinders, and I think my closest colleague on the show. 'He added: 'She was without doubt one of the best actors I've ever had the pleasure of working with. 'Speaking to Today FM, Cillian went on: 'But on top of that just an extraordinary human being.
So it's really really sad. And we're all still dealing with it like everybody else, and we really miss her. 'The Irish actor also touched upon Helen's fanbase, telling the radio station that the tragic circumstances are also difficult for her at-home admirers.Read more on msn.com