'Persuasion' on Netflix: How Richard E Grant first met his late wife Joan Washington
Netflix is back on track with another hit that you probably wouldn't want to miss. This one's called 'Persuasion' - an upcoming American drama film directed by Carrie Cracknell that was announced in April 2021.
Some of the cast members include Dakota Johnson as Anne Elliot, Cosmo Jarvis as Captain Frederick Wentworth, Henry Golding as Mr William Elliot, Richard E Grant as Sir Walter Elliot, Nikki Amuka-Bird as Lady Russell, Suki Waterhouse, Ben Bailey, Izuka Hoyle as Henrietta Musgrove, Mia McKenna-Bruce as Mary Elliot.
Who is Richard E Grant?
The Swazi-English actor was born in Mbabane, a protectorate of Swaziland. Grant was a member of the Space Theatre Company in Cape Town before moving to London in 1982. His debut in films was as the perpetually inebriated title character in the cult classic 'Withnail and I' in 1987. Following this, he started appearing in Hollywood films, in a range of projects from blockbuster studio movies to small independent projects.
He released a single and accompanying video 'To Be Or Not To Be' with Orpheus in 1997. Also, in the comedy sketch 'Doctor Who and the Curse of Fatal Death', he portrayed a version of the Tenth Doctor, referred to as the Quite Handsome Doctor. Grant appeared as "The Voice" in '2+2+2' at American Nights at The King's Head Theater, from July 3 to 29, 2007, and in 2008 co-starred in the London-based comedy 'Filth and Wisdom'. In 2016 he joined the HBO series 'Game of Thrones' in Season 6 as Izembaro.
In March 2020, Grant joined the cast of the Disney+/Marvel Cinematic Universe series 'Loki' as Classic Loki, an older variant of Loki. Currently he's working on his upcoming film 'Persuasion' that will be released on July 15, 2022.
Who is Richard E Grant married to?
Grant married voice coach Joan Washington in 1986. Joan recently lost her life, succuming to stage four lung cancer. “ONLY YOU Joan – Love of my Life & Giver of Life to our daughter Olivia,” Grant wrote in a tweet that included a video of the couple dancing and smiling (see it below). “Our hearts are broken with the loss of your life last night. 35 years married and 38 together. To be truly known and seen by you is your immeasurable gift. Do not forget us, sweet Monkee-mine.”
The pair was married for 35 years, and had been together for 38, when Washington passed away at the age of 71. In a joint interview with the Independent and the Guardian in 2011, Grant recalled how it was love at first sight in December of 1982. "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," said Grant.
Catch 'Persuasion' on Netflix this July 15, 2022.