Richard E Grant announces wife Joan Washington has died after 38 years together

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Photo credit: David M. Benett - Getty Images

Richard E Grant has shared the news that his wife of 35 years Joan Washington has passed away.

The actor, who recently appeared as an alternate universe old-school Loki in the Disney+ series, made the announcement on his Twitter and Instagram on Friday morning (September 3).

Sharing a video of himself and Joan dancing to The Platters song 'Only You', serenading her and giving her a big squeeze, Grant added a sweet caption about the mother of his daughter Olivia.

"ONLY YOU! Joan – Love of my Life & Giver of Life to our daughter Olivia," read the caption.

"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."

In a 2011 interview to The Independent, Grant revealed he never thought he would marry before meeting Joan: "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."

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Photo credit: TOLGA AKMEN - Getty Images

The 64-year-old actor, who will soon appear in Everybody's Talking About Jamie, also recalled how he first met Joan, saying: "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.

He added: "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."

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