Richard E Grant visits Cotswolds cottage and reminisces memories of late wife Joan

Actor Richard E Grant, who lives near Nailsworth, has been spending time remembering his late wife, Joan Washington, and has said he’s “grateful for the 38 years we had together”.

In a touching video posted to his Twitter account, Richard reminisced memories on a visit to the couple’s cottage in the Cotswolds.

Washington was a voice coach and worked with celebrities including Penelope Cruz and Jessica Chastain.

She passed away aged 74 in September last year and received care from Longfield Community Hospice in Minchinhampton towards the end of her life.

Last year, Richard E Grant thanked Longfield for the care they had given Joan while she was at home.

He said: “Longfield Hospice in Gloucestershire gave absolutely amazing palliative care in the final two weeks of my wife’s life. I’m asking you if you’re willing to join me to donate to the Big Give Christmas Challenge to help other people at Christmas.”

Olivia, the daughter of Richard and Joan, also thanked the Hospice last year in an emotional video, saying: “My beautiful, beautiful mum, Joan Washington, passed away prematurely from lung cancer earlier this year and I would just like to say a huge thank you to Longfield Hospice who made her final weeks at home as comfortable and comforting as they possibly could have been.”

Today (July 29), Swazi-English actor Grant, known for films including Withnail And I and Can You Ever Forgive Me?, posted a video on Twitter showing him sitting in a sunny garden and reminiscing about the time the couple spent together.

The 65-year-old says: “Unexpected day off filming. Scrambled out to the Cotswolds to the cottage that my wife and I spent the last few months of her life in.

“Although it’s obviously emotional being here, it’s incredibly calm and restorative, surrounded by all the seeds that we planted together, which have just grown like mad this glorious summer.

“Grateful for the 38 years we had together.”

Turning to look at the camera and smiling, he adds: “Have a great weekend.”

When Grant announced the news of Washington’s death, he posted a video on Twitter showing them dancing to Only You by The Platters.

He wrote: “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 married Washington in 1986 and they had a daughter, Olivia. Washington also had a son, Tom, from a previous relationship.

Although Grant did not give a cause of death in his initial announcement, he later confirmed his wife had died of lung cancer.

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