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Richard E. Grant meets his idol Barbra Streisand after Hyde Park show

The actor is a huge fan of the singer.

Richard E. Grant (Ian West/PA)
Richard E. Grant (Ian West/PA)

Richard E. Grant has said it was “utterly surreal” meeting his idol Barbra Streisand backstage at her British Summer Time show in Hyde Park.

The actor, 62, is a big fan of the singer, and earlier this year shared his emotional reaction when she replied to a letter he sent her more than 40 years ago.

They finally met at this year’s Oscars – and Grant has now told his fans they have met up again.

Sharing a picture on Twitter of Streisand with Dame Helen Mirren and her husband Taylor Hackford, he wrote: “Utterly surreal to have been sent tickets to sit in the Streisand suite last night and then be invited to meet backstage.

“Waiting with Dame Helen Mirren & Taylor Hackford, whilst @BarbraStreisand chatted with @antoniobanderas.”

The day before, Grant shared a picture of himself and Streisand from the Academy Awards, saying: “For the past 50 years I have avidly and devotedly followed the uniquely talented Human Being called ⁦@BarbraStreisand⁩ and am counting down the hours till I see her tomorrow evening in Hyde Park.”

In January, Grant revealed he wrote to Streisand when he was 14 and offered her a holiday at his family home in Swaziland.

Streisand responded 47 years later, when he was 61.

She tweeted: “Dear Richard What a wonderful letter you wrote me when u were 14 ! and look at u now! You’re terrific in your latest movie with Melissa congratulations and love Barbra.”

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