In July 2021, BBC released the trailer of a new BBC Four travel series called Write Around The World. In the series, the host Richard E Grant will travel around the world “led by literary legends”, i.e. he would follow the footsteps of the great writers of the past and present and discover the places they frequented in their works. Of course, everybody knows Richard Grant and everyone is excited about the series. But what about Richard’s late wife Joan Washington?

Do you, dear readers, want to know the woman behind Richard E. Grant? Who was Joan Washington? Read everything you need to know about Joan Washington below.

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Cause Of Death

On 2nd Sept 2021, Joan Washington passed away. A day later, Richard E Grant broke the tragic news of his wife’s death. At the time, he didn’t give out a cause of death.

3 days after Joan’s death, Richard took to Twitter and thanked the public for the support. The tweet read: “Overwhelmed by the messages of love, condolence & support we have received from loved ones & strangers from all over the world & the appreciation from actors Joan taught over the years. Grief hits us like tsunamis as we try and put one foot in front of the other without her.”

Joan Washington Age

According to our sources, Joan Washington was born in the year 1948. And she celebrated her last birthday on 21 December 2020, when she turned 72 years of age. Also, because of her 21st December birthday, her zodiac sign was Sagittarius.

On the other hand, her husband Richard E Grant was 64 years of age.

Joan Washington Young

Joan Washington was born in Aberdeen, Scotland. And she went to Aberdeen High School for Girls, which was later renamed Harlaw Academy, in her hometown. She moved to London when she was 18 years of age.

As a young woman, Joan was a very beautiful woman.


Joan Washington as a young mother and her daughter Olivia (PC: Richard’s Twitter)

Her Height

Joan was not a very tall woman. She stood at a height of merely 5 ft 3 inches. In comparison, her husband is a tall man with a height of 6 ft 2 inches.

When she was young, Joan had dark black hair. However, at the age of 72, it was silver but still beautiful. In addition, Joan had light green eyes and a very lovable smile.

Her Instagram, Facebook

Joan Washington was present on Instagram but her presence was not that big. On her Instagram handle @joandialect, which was private, she had only 93 followers. Similarly, on her Twitter handle @joandialect, she had even less, only 24 followers.

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Joan Washington Net Worth

By 2021, after a career spanning over 37 years, Joan Washington had garnered a net worth of over $1 million. However, she shared her husband’s net worth of $4 million.

Joan Washington was a dialect coach. She worked in the theatre, TV shows, and movies and previously taught the actors various accents and dialects. She was an expert on a wide range of accents. Her first movie credit was a 1983 movie called Yentl, in which she worked as a dialogue coach.

She has worked as a dialect coach for the big-shot actors like Anne Hathaway in The Witches (2021), Emma Stone in The Favourite (2018), Ralph Fiennes in Great Expectations (2012), Ewan McGregor and Natalie Portman in Star Wars movies. According to her IMDb profile, she had worked in 118 movies and TV shows.

Her stage works included Edmond, All My Sons, The Crucible, Ride Down Mount Morgan, His Dark Material, etc.

Joan Washington And Richard E Grant: Daughter, Wedding

Joan Washington and Richard E Grant had been married for 34 years and together for over 37 years. They had their wedding on 1 November 1986. The couple first met in 1982 at the Royal National Theatre, where Joan was teaching accents and dialects and Richard was learning the Belfast accent.

At that time, Joan was married to her first husband and they were nothing more than friends at the time. And when Joan was separated from her ex-husband and they started dating, they did not want to get married. In an interview, Richard said,

“Joan had been married, and she had staunchly said to me that she didn’t want to get married again, and so we’d never talked about it.”

However, a few later, Richard had gone to his home country of Swaziland for Christmas break. And it was in that break, that he realized that marriage was the “ultimate commitment”. He proposed to Joan at the airport on his return.

Joan and Richard have a daughter called Olivia, who was born on 4 January 1989. For her 31st birthday in 2020, Richard wrote on his Instagram, “Happy Birthday Olivia! You were a miracle baby and your life is the greatest gift we’ve ever received!”


Joan Washington with her Olivia Grant circa January 2021 (PC: Richard’s IG)

The tragic story behind that “miracle baby” was that Joan had three miscarriages and their first daughter Tiffany died within a short while after being born prematurely.

Joan Washington Son, Ex-Husband

Before falling in love with Richard and marrying him, Joan Washington was married to another man, whose name we do not know. And she had a son called with her ex-husband. As of August 2021, Tom was 44 years of age.

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