Saturday 29 April 2017

'Some of us have died' - Liam Neeson admits the Love Actually reunion made him miss his late wife Natasha Richardson

Liam Neeson's wife Natasha Richardson died after a freak ski accident in 2009
Liam Neeson's wife Natasha Richardson died after a freak ski accident in 2009
Patricia Murphy

Patricia Murphy

Liam Neeson has said reprising his character in the Love Actually charity special caused him to reflect on the loss of his wife Natasha Richardson.

The actor (64) reunited with the film’s biggest stars to create a special for the UK's Red Nose Day last week, but Neeson said taking up the role of widower Daniel once again was difficult, as Natasha was still alive when the film was made in 2003.

The actress died following a freak skiing accident in 2009, aged 45, leaving behind her husband and their two sons, Daniel and Micheal.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, the Taken actor said it was difficult to revisit Love Actually, following the death of Natasha and his co-star Alan Rickman.

Liam Neeson reprised his role as widower Daniel in the Love Actually special. Photo via Twitter: Emma Freud
Liam Neeson reprised his role as widower Daniel in the Love Actually special. Photo via Twitter: Emma Freud

"Some of us have died. Oh, my dear old friend. God rest him. Some have gotten divorced. I've lost my wife."

"Plenty of times I've thought about this film and my own life. Love Actually, that's the way it is. That's the tapestry of life."

Natasha Richardson and Liam Neeson.
Natasha Richardson and Liam Neeson.

The couple wed in 1994 and Neeson has never remarried following her tragic death.

Speaking to Anderson Cooper about Natasha’s death, the actor said he didn’t believe her accident to be serious at first, when she fell on the slopes at a Montreal resort in 2009.

Liam Neeson with his late wife Natasha Richardson
Liam Neeson with his late wife Natasha Richardson

"I spoke to her and she said, 'Oh darling. I’ve taken a tumble in the snow.'

"That’s how she described it.

"I went in to her and told her I loved her. I said, 'Sweetie, you’re not coming back from this'," the widower recalled.

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