Richard E. Grant melts hearts with a sweet image of he and wife Joan Washington embracing to celebrate 37 years together

Richard E. Grant shared a heart-warming image of he and wife Joan Washington embracing to mark 37 years together.  

The screen star wrapped his arms around his partner and smiled broadly in the sweet snap, posted on Monday morning, which he accompanied with multiple heart emojis and ’37 years together’. 

The actor, 62, married the dialect coach, 70, in 1986 after meeting when she was teaching an accent session at an acting school in December 1982. 

Love story: Richard E. Grant shared a heart-warming image of he and wife Joan Washington embracing to mark 37 years together

Love story: Richard E. Grant shared a heart-warming image of he and wife Joan Washington embracing to mark 37 years together

The couple went on to have one daughter, Olivia, 31, together, while Richard is a step-father to Tom, 44, from Joan’s previous marriage.

Tragically, Joan endured three miscarriages and the couple’s first child, Tiffany, died shortly after birth after being born prematurely. 

The actor has since described daughter Olivia as a ‘miracle baby’.

Posting a sweet Instagram montage of images to mark her birthday in January, he wrote: ‘Happy Birthday Olivia! You were a miracle baby and your Life is the greatest gift we’ve ever received!’ (sic)

The actor has previously admitted he had not considered getting married until he met his now wife.

Speaking in an interview with The Independent, he explained: ‘I’d never really thought about getting married, didn’t think it was necessary. 

‘Joan had been married, and she had staunchly said to me that she didn’t want to get married again, and so we’d never talked about it.’

Proud father: The couple went on to have one daughter, Olivia, 31, together (pictured in November 2015), while Richard is a step-father to Tom, 44, from Joan's previous marriage

Proud father: The couple went on to have one daughter, Olivia, 31, together (pictured in November 2015), while Richard is a step-father to Tom, 44, from Joan’s previous marriage

'Your life is the greatest gift we have ever received': The actor has since described daughter Olivia as a 'miracle baby'

‘Your life is the greatest gift we have ever received’: The actor has since described daughter Olivia as a ‘miracle baby’

It wasn’t until the couple spent six weeks apart when Richard returned to his family home in southern Africa for a Christmas break that he realised marriage was the ultimate commitment.

The star proposed immediately upon his return and Joan happily accepted, with the couple going on to set up home together in Richmond, south-west London.

Richard added: ‘Before I got married, I didn’t hold any store by it. 

‘My parents were divorced when I was 11 and it made such a profound impression on my life that I suppose I thought that by not getting married, you could avoid your life being carved in two. But that changed.’

A change of heart: Richard has previously admitted he had not considered getting married until he met his now wife (pictured together in 2019)

A change of heart: Richard has previously admitted he had not considered getting married until he met his now wife (pictured together in 2019)

 

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