Richard E. Grant has revealed he is trying his best to follow his late wife’s guide to life as he sets up home on the Gold Coast, Australia for a new movie.
The British actor has jetted Down Under to shoot The Guinea Pig Club, and ahead of shooting he has been exploring his stunning temporary home.
Sharing a video of himself walking along the beach on Tuesday, Richard, 64, admitted he was finding it tough ‘trying to navigate the world on my own’ following his wife Joan Washington’s death in September 2021.
Following his wife’s advice: Richard E. Grant has revealed he is trying his best to follow his late wife’s guide to life as he sets up home on the Gold Coast, Australia for a new movie
The shirtless actor soaked up the sunshine as he walked, before telling the camera that he was thinking about Joan: ‘It feels like a whole new world, navigating solo after 38 years together.’
‘As Joan so wisely told me, find a pocketful of happiness in each day and I’m trying my best,’ he said, his voice cracking.
The actor captioned his video with an equally heart wrenching caption, writing: ‘Beautiful as this beach is, I feel and look like an old turtle without my shell, trying to navigate the world on my own, having lost my loving ‘compass’ called Joan.’
Richard has jetted to the Gold Coast to film alongside actors Jeremy Irvine, and Sam Neill in the historical drama The Guinea Pig Club.
Loss: Sharing a video of himself walking along the beach on Tuesday, Richard, 64, admitted he was finding it tough ‘trying to navigate the world on my own’ following his wife Joan Washington’s death in September 2021 (pictured together in 2018)
The film tells the true story of New Zealand surgeon Archie McIndoe (Grant) who defied the British establishment at the height of the Second World War with his radical treatment of Battle Of Britain pilots who suffered serious burns.
Last month Richard revealed that he has written a memoir in a bid to honour his late wife’s last challenge for him to find ‘happiness’ in every single day.
The actor took to Instagram to share the news that he is releasing a book, which will draw on his recollections from the past four decades of his life.
In an emotional post, he said his memoir is his way of honouring Joan’s wish for him to find ‘a pocketful of happiness in every single day’.
‘Trying my best’: The actor said he was following his wife’s advice: ‘As Joan so wisely told me, find a pocketful of happiness in each day and I’m trying my best,’ he said, his voice cracking
The memoir’s title, A Pocketful of Happiness, is in tribute of Joan’s ‘profoundly powerful’ words before her death in September aged 74 – eight months after she was diagnosed with lung cancer.
Alongside a picture of the book cover, Richard touchingly penned: ‘My wife Joan’s last challenge to me, was to try and find a pocketful of happiness in every single day.
‘That instruction has proved to be profoundly powerful. Whenever I waver, her words ping across my cranium.
‘This book, drawing on recollections from the past 4 decades, is my way of honouring that challenge. Published in September this year.’
The memoir will focus on the present day and flashbacks to old diary entries, looking back at significant moments in Richard’s life and his successful acting career.
Memoir: Last month the actor took to Instagram to share the news that he is releasing a book, which will draw on his recollections from the past four decades of his life
Speaking of the book, publishing director Holly Harris said: ‘Richard is disarmingly candid, funny and clever, and so it’s no surprise that his memoir is absolutely brilliant.
‘All of us at S&S are thrilled and honoured to be his publisher, and we cannot wait to share this heartbreaking and hilarious book this autumn.’
The memoir, which will be published on the Gallery Books imprint of Simon & Schuster UK, will be released on September 29.
Richard’s wife Joan tragically passed away in September aged 74 eight months after she was diagnosed with lung cancer.
The couple married in 1986 and share a daughter, Olivia, and a stepson, Tom, from Washington’s previous relationship.
Sweet: In an emotional post, he said his memoir is his way of honouring his late wife Joan Washington’s wish for him to find ‘a pocketful of happiness in every single day’
Joan, a voice coach from Aberdeen, met Grant at the start of his career in 1986 and the pair were together ever since.
The Withnail and I star revealed Joan passed away in an emotional tribute that included a video of the pair dancing together and laughing before they embraced along to the song Only You by The Platters.
Richard 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.’
The pair had overcome tragedy in their life and spoke publicly about how their first child together sadly died after just half an hour.
Joan had suffered multiple miscarriages but had been determined they would keep trying after seeing how good her husband had been with her son from a previous relationship.
His beloved: In February, the Withnail and I star shared a heartwarming snap of himself and his late spouse as he marked the first Valentine’s Day since her death
Then in 1989 she fell pregnant with daughter Olivia after telling him ‘Fatherhood suits you. You’re very good at it’.
Washington, from Aberdeen, trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama and had nearly 40 years’ experience in the film industry as a voice and dialect coach, working with stars including Anne Hathaway, Vanessa Redgrave and Emma Stone.
Among her early projects in the mid-80s were Yentl starring Barbra Streisand, Highlander, and The Bounty, featuring Mel Gibson and Sir Anthony Hopkins.
Recent years saw her work on features such as The Witches, where she coached Hathaway for the part of the Grand High Witch, and Yorgos Lanthimos’ black comedy The Favourite, where she worked with Stone.
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.’
Family: The couple (pictured in 2019) married in 1986 and share a daughter, Olivia, and a stepson, Tom, from Washington’s previous relationship