Helen McCrory, who was diagnosed with cancer in April of this year, did not shoot scenes portraying Aunt Polly as she is now known.

Last year, the 52-year-old actress died. The BBC drama’s creators had to revise ‘vast portions’.

Helen is not going to be featured in the last installment of this gangster family tale, which will shock fans.

 Heartbreaking: Helen McCrory did not film any scenes as her iconic character Aunt Polly in the sixth and final series of Peaky Blinders following her cancer diagnosis (pictured February 2020)

Due to the outbreak of coronavirus, filming was stopped in March 2020. The series’ final episode was filmed in January 2021.

Helen, who was going through grueling breast cancer treatments, kept friends and family secret.

Last April, she passed away. She was six weeks away from her death when Harry Potter’s superstar appeared on TV to help promote Prince’s Trust. 

Sun spoke with a spokesperson who said: “Helen didn’t film with us for series 6, but Polly is always present.”

Tragic: The actress, who died last year aged 52, did not get the chance to appear in any scenes and creators of the BBC drama had to rewrite 'vast sections' of the show (pictured series 5)

Tragic: The actress, who died last year aged 52, did not get the chance to appear in any scenes and creators of the BBC drama had to rewrite ‘vast sections’ of the show (pictured series 5)

She is the Shelby’s matriarch forever and Tommy and his family always feel her presence. Her presence is an essential part of this season.

Covid’s delay in post-production has caused the broadcast date of the series to be pushed back. 

Reports claim Aunt Polly had been set up to play a bigger role in the series before the script was rewritten.

Since series 1, which aired on 2013 (series one), Helen has played the role of Polly Gray. She became well-known for her part in Harry Potter and is now a household name.

Sad news: Fans of the show will be heartbroken to learn that Helen will not feature in the final installment of the gangster family epic (pictured February 2020)

It’s sad to report that Helen, the show’s gangster-family epic heroine (pictured February 2020), will not be featured in its final episode.

In 2019, she last played this role. 

In the fall of 2020 she played the role of Prime Minister Dawn Ellison in the BBC’s political drama Roadkill.

Damian Lewis, Helen’s husband wrote this on Twitter following her death: “I am heartbroken to inform you that after a brave battle with cancer…

Helen McCrory was a beautiful, powerful lady who has peacefully passed away at her home surrounded by family and friends.

“She lived as she died.” Fearlessly. We love her, and we know she is our lucky girl. She shone so brightly. “Go now, Little One. Let’s go up in the air and say thank you. 

Love: Following Helen's death, her husband Damian Lewis wrote on Twitter: 'I'm heartbroken to announce that after a heroic battle with cancer...'

Love: Following Helen’s death, her husband Damian Lewis wrote on Twitter: ‘I’m heartbroken to announce that after a heroic battle with cancer…’

Later, he revealed that his wife, who had died two weeks earlier, had asked him to seek love again. He also said she had not shown any fear or bitterness and had no self-pity.

The Sunday Times reported that Helen said to him, along with their son Gulliver and daughter Manon (14) and Manon (13) that Helen wanted ‘Daddy lots of girlfriends.

He said, “She was utterly heroic in her battle with cancer.” Funny, of course — generous, brave, uncomplaining, constantly reminding us all of how lucky we’ve been, how blessed we are. 

“Her kindness has encouraged us all to live. Take advantage of opportunities and live fully.

Heartbroken: In April, Damian announced the Peaky Blinders star passed away after a 'heroic' battle with cancer

It was heartbreaking to hear that Damian, Peaky Blinders star and ‘heroic” battle with cancer passed away in April.

‘Only a couple of weeks ago she said to us from her bed, ‘I want Daddy to have girlfriends, lots of them, you must all love again, love isn’t possessive, but you know, Damian, try at least to get though the funeral without snogging someone.’

Damian shared his sorrow that Helen had died too soon for him, but he said they are now better prepared to face the challenges of life because Helen taught them how to be courageous. 

He was there for Helen during her battle with cancer, when Helen brushed off her hoarse voice to talk selflessly about the charity she had helped.

Lewis said that the couple was united in their love and devotion and that they died together at home, surrounded by peace and love and their children.