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Richard E Grant shares heartbreaking video clip of him dancing with wife Joan Washington after she dies aged 71


ACTOR Richard E Grant has shared a heartbreaking video of him dancing with his wife before she tragically died aged 71.

The actor, 64, confirmed the “love of his life” Joan Washington had passed away in a heartbreaking tweet.


The actor paid tribute to the ‘love of his life’ in a heartbreaking video[/caption]


Joan tragically passed away aged 71[/caption]

Grant accompanied the moving tribute with a video of him holding Joan in a tight embrace as they danced together.

It is not yet clear how Joan died.

The Withnail and I star said: “ONLY YOU! Joan – Love of my Life & Giver of Life to our daughter Olivia.

“Our hearts are broken with the loss of your Life last night. 35 years married & 38 together.

“To be truly known and seen by you, is your immeasurable gift. Do not forget us, sweet Monkee-mine.”

The actor married dialect coach Joan in 1986 after meeting her when she taught an accent session at an acting school in December 1982. 

The couple share a daughter, Olivia, and Grant is also stepdad to Joan’s son Tom from a previous relationship.

Tragically Joan suffered three miscarriages before Olivia was born.

The couple’s first child, Tiffany, died shortly after being born prematurely.

Can You Ever Forgive Me? star Grant previously said he hadn’t ever considered getting married until he met Joan.

But after spending six weeks apart when he visited family in South Africa, he realised he wanted to make the commitment and proposed at Heathrow when he returned.

They tied the knot shortly after in a registry office as they didn’t want a big event.

Speaking about the moment he met Joan, Grant said previously: “She was teaching an accent session with a bunch of actors, and I thought she had the most wonderful voice and huge, sort of monkey eyes.

“She seemed fairly frenetic. I thought that she was really cute and all that. It was December 1982.

“We found that we had a fair amount in common, and that we liked speaking a huge amount. She seemed very un-English in that way. We just got on instantly.”


The actor posted a video of him dancing with Joan as he paid tribute[/caption]


He called his wife the ‘love of my life’[/caption]

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Grant married Joan in 1986[/caption]


The couple have a daughter Olivia together[/caption]


Joan was working as a dialect coach when she met Grant in 1982[/caption]


The pair married in a registry office[/caption]

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