Richard E Grant has paid tribute to the ‘love of his life’ Joan Washington, who has died aged 71.
The 64-year-old actor confirmed his wife of 35 years died on Thursday night.
Grant shared a video of him dancing with Joan before embracing her, and tweeted: ‘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.’
Fans and friends shared their condolences, with writer Nat Saunders replying: ‘so sorry for your immeasurable loss.’
Another reply read: ‘Oh Richard, I’m so so sorry for your loss. Your deep love and adulation for Joan is clear and evident in everything you wrote and shared about her. I wish you and Olivia peace in your grief and joy in her memory.’
Dawn French added: ‘Joan Washington will ALWAYS be remembered by those of us who knew her & were taught by her, as a PHENOMENAL WOMAN. So much love to @RichardEGrant & all the family.’
Fearne Cotton wrote on Instagram: ‘I am so so sorry for your loss. Love, strength and prayers to you and Olivia.’
The couple had been together for 38 years, with Richard meeting voice and dialect coach Joan when she was teaching an accent session at an acting school in December 1982.
They got married in 1986 and Richard said that he never considered marriage until he met Joan, believing it to be ‘unnecessary’.
He previously told the Independent: ‘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.’
While Joan had been put off marriage after getting divorced, she happily accepted when the Withnail & I star popped the question after realising he wanted to commit to her while spending six weeks away from his girlfriend.
The couple went on to welcome a daughter together, Olivia, while Richard is also stepfather to Joan’s son Tom from her first marriage.
Joan had suffered three miscarriages in their journey to becoming parents together, and sadly, Richard and Joan’s first child Tiffany died shortly after she was born prematurely.
They referred to Olivia as their ‘miracle baby’.
Richard often shared pictures of Joan to his social media accounts, and in December, he posted a picture of his wife celebrating her 71st birthday.
He wrote: ‘HAPPY BIRTHDAY @joandialect Everyday you make me laugh and love you all the more deeply.’