Richard E. Grant has ‘utterly surreal’ moment with Barbra Streisand after London show

Richard E. Grant ticked another item off his bucket list on Sunday (07Jul19) when he met his idol, Barbra Streisand, backstage after a concert.
The actor had an audience with the singer after her Hyde Park show in London and called the experience “utterly surreal”.
The Can You Ever Forgive Me? star made it clear he was a massive Streisand fan in the run up to the 2019 Oscars, explaining he had sent her a fan letter, inviting her to come and stay with him in Swaziland, when he was a smitten young boy.
During the Academy Awards promotional campaign, he even drove up the California coast to the singer’s home and posed for a picture by her gated entrance, which he posted online.
Grant was then thrilled when Barbra responded to his social media posts and ‘replied’ to the letter he wrote her over 40 years ago.
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 (McCarthy) congratulations and love Barbra (sic).”
The singer and her superfan met briefly at the Oscars, and now Grant has met up with his idol at one of her shows.
“Utterly surreal to have been sent tickets to sit in the Streisand suite last night and then be invited to meet backstage,” he wrote on Twitter on Monday. “Waiting with Dame Helen Mirren & Taylor Hackford, whilst @BarbraStreisand chatted with @antoniobanderas.”
The actor also posted a picture of Streisand with Mirren and Hackford on Twitter.
On Saturday, he shared a picture of himself and Streisand together at the Academy Awards, and added: “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.”