Damian Lewis – who will return to Soccer Aid at the weekend – opened up about a touching gesture his late wife Helen McCrory made when she first arrived at the soccer competition
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Damian Lewis paid tribute to his late wife Helen McCrory, revealing the touching gesture she made before her previous appearance at Soccer Aid years ago.
The actor, 51, has participated in the charity soccer match several times since it was launched in 2006, with his late wife Helen supporting him throughout.
And the Peaky Blinders star – who passed away last April after being diagnosed with breast cancer – is said to have made a sweet gesture during his first appearance in the competition.
Her husband recalled his previous experience on Good Morning Britain, before competing in the Soccer Aid sequel – to be held on Sunday (June 12).
Damian – who first competed in 2006 but has been in a number of matches since then – said Helen surprised him when she came up with it for the first time.
He recalls entering his hotel room at Lowry in Manchester, telling ITV hosts Ben Shephard, 47, and Kate Garraway, 55, that his wife had decorated the room.
The Homeland actor explained: “It was covered with Union Jack flags and English flags everywhere that she went out and bought. [She had] Decorate the room with. “
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GMB host Ben said it was a “wonderful” gesture by Helen, with Damian – who married her in 2007 – commenting further: “She’s with us. She’s in again. with us this year.”
Earlier, in this morning’s interview, Ben described the award-winning actor as a “huge supporter” for Damian, with whom she has children Manon, 15, and Gulliver, 14.
Damian said his late wife was a “wonderful human being”, adding that “people from all walks of life” had reached out to express how Helen had an influence on their lives.
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And he also discussed the memorial service held in memory at St Paul’s Church in Covent Garden last month, which saw Helen’s life celebrated by family and friends.
“It’s a special day,” Damian said. He recounted that she was “celebrated by her tribe”, which included actors, directors, producers and screenwriters. He added: “She misses a lot.”
Support football for UNICEF will be held in London this year. A host of celebrities, including Damian, will head to London Stadium on June 12 for the annual match.
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https://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/damian-lewis-recalls-sweet-gesture-27189194 Damian Lewis recalls the sweet gesture his wife Helen McCrory made before Soccer Aid