The SkyFall and Peaky Blinders star has been awarded an OBE in the 2017 New Year’s Honours list.
The annual list, which recognises the achievements of people across Britain, has honoured McCrory with as an ‘Officer of the Order of the British Empire,’ for her services to drama.
It marks the second OBE honour in the McCrory family, her husband and fellow thespian Damian Lewis (star of Homeland) was also awarded one in 2014.
The London born actress started her career on the stage where she has continued to be praised for powerful performances. In 2015 she was awarded Best Actress at the Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards for her roleas Euripides’ monstrous heroine in the ancient Greek tragedy Medea, at the National Theatre. She took to the National Theatre stage again last year where she received countless five star reviews for her portrayl of Hester Collyer, the tragic wife at the heart of Terence Rattigan’s passionate play The Deep Blue Sea.
On TV and the big-screen she is also well known for playing strong female characters. Think an intimidating Brummie matriarch Aunt Polly in Peaky Blinders, a terrifying Evelyn Poole in Sky Atlamtic’s Penny Dreadful and a malevolent Narcissa Malfoy in the Harry Potter films. She’s also played Cherie Blair twice and starred as a forthright politician in Skyfall.
Speaking in an interview about what she looks for in a role, McCrory has said: ‘I just want to see what she feels and what she thinks.
To fill the screens with women who are walking around in six-inch stilettos and telling everyone what to do is as uninteresting to me as filling them with bimbos in bikinis falling into pools and laughing at your jokes.
Neither are particularly interesting.’