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Heartbreaking story behind how Stephen Graham's wife 'came into his life properly'

Heartbreaking story behind how Stephen Graham's wife 'came into his life properly'

Stephen Graham's wife, Hannah Walters, is said to have helped him recover from a dark period in his life.

Stephen Graham once revealed the heartbreaking story of how his wife came into his life.

The Liverpool-born actor met his wife, Hannah Walters, at drama school in the 90s, but their relationship didn’t come to fruition until many years after that.

His now-wife of 15 years was living in Spain for a while and returned back to the UK with plans to move over there for good.

It was then that the Bodies actor made a confession that she had been waiting to hear for over five years.

In an interview with Desert Island Discs in 2019, he revealed that in his twenties he didn’t quite know what he wanted in regards to relationships, but Hannah moving to Spain permanently was the wake up call he needed.

He said: “She went to Spain for a little bit and I couldn't see her, and she was going to move out there.

“She came back and we hadn't been on a date in these five years, six years, just talking lots. And I said 'can I take you on a date?'

Stephen Graham with wife Hannah Walters.
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“She went 'what?' And we went to see Saving Private Ryan, had a bite to eat in Greenwich and we were at New Cross train station and I said 'Please don't go to Spain'.

"She asked 'why?' and I said 'Well, I love you.' She said she'd been waiting five years for me to say that.

“And the next day we moved in together. And we've been together ever since."

Graham also touched upon how his wife has helped him through some incredibly dark periods, including struggles with his mental health and a failed suicide attempt.

The couple got married in 2008, and now have two children together, Grace and Alfie.

And the pair have actually starred in dramas and films alongside each other quite frequently - including Shane Meadows' This Is England series and the more recent Boiling Point film and series.

The couple have two children together, Grace and Alfie.
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This comes after Graham dedicated the OBE he received from King Charles to his late mum.

In King Charles III's first New Year Honours List, Graham was appointed an OBE (Order of the British Empire) for his services to drama.

But the actor decided to dedicate his prestigious honour to his mum, who passed away last year.

Writing on Twitter, he said: "This incredible, inspirational, woman & the purest heart my mum passed away.

"Her words as a child 'no one is above you and no one is below you all are equal' have remained with me throughout my life.

"I feel so honoured and proud to share this with her An OBE for both of us mum."

Featured Image Credit: Wiktor Szymanowicz/Anadolu Agency/Tristan Fewings/Getty Images

Topics: Stephen Graham, Celebrity, Sex and Relationships