Liswati-English actor and presenter, Richard E. Grant’s wife Joan Washington is dead, his wife of 35 years – the 64-year-old presenter announced her death on Friday.
Grant, known for playing roles in films including “Withnail And I” and “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”, said Washington, a voice coach, died on Thursday night.
The cause of death remains unknown at the time of writing.
A video was shared by Richard on Twitter with a message that 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.”
Grant, 64, also shared a series of broken heart emojis, prompting condolences and messages of support from his followers.
🎵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 💔💔💔💔💔💔 pic.twitter.com/YcdVAVK1ja
— Richard E. Grant (@RichardEGrant) September 3, 2021
He and Washington married in 1986 and share a daughter, Olivia, and a stepson, Tom, from Washington’s previous relationship.
In a joint interview with the Independent in 2011, Grant recalled them meeting for the first time.
He said: “I met her at the Actors’ Centre in London. She was wearing a boiler suit and had fairly short, cropped hair and Kicker shoes, and was chain-smoking, which I thought was insane.
“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.”