Liam Neeson has revealed that filming the Love Actually Comic Relief special made him reflect on the loss of his wife Natasha Richardson. 

Six years after Liam took on the role of widower Daniel in the 2003 romantic comedy, his wife Natasha passed away, at just 45, from injuries sustained in a ski accident. 

The Irish actor, 64, has admitted that returning to the role to film a mini sequel for Red Nose Day was bittersweet and that it led him to ponder the death of his wife, as well as his co-star Alan Rickman, who passed away from pancreatic cancer last year.

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Loss: Liam Neeson revealed that filming the Love Actually Comic Relief mini-sequel led him to reflect on the loss of his wife Natasha Richardson who died in a skiing accident in 2009

Loss: Liam Neeson revealed that filming the Love Actually Comic Relief mini-sequel led him to reflect on the loss of his wife Natasha Richardson who died in a skiing accident in 2009

He told Entertainment Weekly: ‘Some of us have died. Oh, my dear old friend [Love Actually co-star Alan Rickman] God rest him. Some have gotten divorced. I’ve lost my wife.’ 

But Liam insisted that love actually was all around and loss formed part of ‘the tapestry of life’.

‘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.’ 

Reunited: The sequel, which reunited Liam with his onscreen son Sam (Thomas Brodie-Sangster), convinced Liam that the loss of loved ones is part of 'the tapestry of life'

Reunited: The sequel, which reunited Liam with his onscreen son Sam (Thomas Brodie-Sangster), convinced Liam that the loss of loved ones is part of ‘the tapestry of life’

Life imitating art: Natasha died just six years after Liam played a recently widowed father in the 2003 romantic comedy 

Life imitating art: Natasha died just six years after Liam played a recently widowed father in the 2003 romantic comedy 

Liam married Natasha, an actress known for her roles in The Parent Trap and Maid in Manhattan, in 1994.

They had two sons together: Michael born in 1995, followed by Daniel in 1996. 

For five years following her tragic death, brokenhearted Liam kept silent, finally opening up in a 2014 episode of 60 Minutes.

He told Anderson Cooper that he hadn’t realised the seriousness of Natasha’s accident on the beginner slopes in a Montreal resort.  

Like old times: Liam's character Daniel spoke to his son Sam in the Love Actually reboot

Like old times: Liam’s character Daniel spoke to his son Sam in the Love Actually reboot

Revisiting the past: Liam met Sam's new girlfriend Joanna, played by Olivia Olson, in the sequel

Revisiting the past: Liam met Sam’s new girlfriend Joanna, played by Olivia Olson, in the sequel

The same bench: Liam sat on the famous bench by the Thames that his onscreen son, Sam, confessed that he was suffering the 'total agony of being in love' in the original film 

The same bench: Liam sat on the famous bench by the Thames that his onscreen son, Sam, confessed that he was suffering the ‘total agony of being in love’ in the original film 

On set: Liam kept silent about Natasha's death for five years after the tragedy, finally opening up in 2014 and revealing that he had not realised the seriousness of her skiing accident at first

On set: Liam kept silent about Natasha’s death for five years after the tragedy, finally opening up in 2014 and revealing that he had not realised the seriousness of her skiing accident at first

‘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. 

The Love Actually star was reported to have moved on to a relationship with PR executive Freya St Johnston, but the relationship ended three years ago. 

Missing her: In a desperately sad interview, Liam said that he still listens out for his wife Natasha. The couple married in 1994 and had two sons together

Missing her: In a desperately sad interview, Liam said that he still listens out for his wife Natasha. The couple married in 1994 and had two sons together

Since then, Liam appears to have been on his own.

In an interview with Loaded magazine, he explained that he still finds himself listening out for Natasha.

‘Her death was never real. It still kind of isn’t.

‘There’s periods now when I hear the door opening, especially the first couple of years… anytime I hear that door opening, I still think I’m going to hear her.’

'Her death was never real': Liam said that even now he can't believe she is gone 

‘Her death was never real’: Liam said that even now he can’t believe she is gone 

 








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