Stephen Graham reveals his mum died days before New Year Honours announcement

Acclaimed actor Stephen Graham has shared the heartbreaking news of his mother’s death, revealing she died days before his recognition in the New Year Honours list was announced.

Last night, it was confirmed that the This Is England star had been made an OBE for services to drama.

In an Instagram post shared hours after the announcement, the 49-year-old uploaded several photos of himself with his late mother, ranging from when he was a baby to childhood.

‘A few days ago… this incredible, inspirational, warrior woman with the purest heart… my mum passed away,’ he wrote in the caption.

‘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 🙏🏽🌸.’

Graham has been inundated with messages of condolence, with celebrity photographer John Rankin commenting on Instagram: ‘Sending BIG ❤️ love to you ALL. So sorry for your loss. Xx.’

‘Oh Ste I’m so so sorry ❤️‍🩹 You made her incredibly proud. Xxx,’ said Line of Duty star Vicky McClure, while actress Jo Hartley wrote: ‘Argh @stephengraham1973 she did an incredible job with you. What a woman. I’m so deeply sorry for your loss brother. I love you.’

Fans also rushed to express their support for the actor, with one writing: ‘You’re the image of your mum. Heartfelt condolences to you and your family. She’s certainly smiling down today with your wonderful news. Well done and well deserved.’

‘So sorry to read this, bet she was so proud of you! Sending love and strength to you and your family x,’ another said.

In the New Year Honours, the first for King Charles III, it was announced that Graham is to receive the Order of the British Empire for his services to drama.

In his career, the actor has had the fortune of gangster roles in movies opposite Hollywood heavyweights such as Robert De Niro and Al Pacino.

Following his starring role as dangerous English nationalist Andrew ‘Combo’ Gascoigne in This Is England, he reprised the character in This Is England ’86, This Is England ’88 and This Is England ’90.

He recently appeared in Jack Thorne’s Help opposite Jodie Comer, which shone a spotlight on the horrifying difficulties faced by people living in and working in care homes in the early months of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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