Natascha McElhone makes first public appearance since becoming widow

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It’s been months since Natascha McElhone has made a public appearance. The “Californication” star lost her husband last May, when he died of a sudden heart attack in their London home while McElhone was filming in Los Angeles. Production on “Californication” was at a stand-still briefly while everyone regrouped from the loss. At the time, McElhone was pregnant with their third child, a son her husband would not live to see.

McElhone honored her publicity requirements by attending the premiere of her film The Secret Of Moonacre in London last night, as David Duchovny was losing the SAG Award for Outstanding actor in a lead comedy role. She brought along her three sons probably for moral support, and perhaps because she isn’t comfortable leaving them, even for a night.

Natascha McElhone put on a brave smile as she appeared in public with the son her husband did not live to see. Cuddling baby Rex, the 37-year-old seemed in good spirits, wearing a scarlet ankle-length velvet coat at the UK premiere of her new film.

Natascha, who starred with George Clooney in Solaris and Robert De Niro in Ronin, also took her other sons, Theo, eight, and Otis, five, to the screening of The Secret Of Moonacre at Vue in London’s Leicester Square.

Natascha, whose plastic surgeon husband Martin Kelly died of heart problems at their west London home in May last year, previously revealed that her husband’s last message to her was that he was looking forward to visiting her in Los Angeles, where she was filming the TV show Californication.

After the death last year, the actress told reporters: “I haven’t been able to go off into a corner and be self-indulgent.”

“I had this irrational fear at first that by moving on I would be leaving him behind. But that’s obviously what you must do, as a parent. I have grabbed life by the throat and I am packing in as much as I can and trying to keep things fun for the boys, actually.”

The Secret Of Moonacre is a fantasy-based tale about a 13-year-old orphan, set in the 1840s.

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I feel so bad for her. She’s always seemed like such a classy and elegant woman, and she had such a quiet, no-drama marriage with a man outside the industry. It’s really sweet that she brought her kids to the premiere, and it’s good that she’s pulling her life back together. The rumor is that she will definitely return to the next season of “Californication”, so I hope she continues to get steady work to support those boys.

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  1. Call Me Al says:

    Is this the girl that was on The Truman Show?

  2. geronimo says:

    Beautiful pics of her with her new baby and older boys in today’s DM.

  3. LOLA says:

    Yep. she’s from Truman. She is like a young Emma Thompson to me – just lovely.

  4. Anna says:

    She is one of my favourite actresses and I think she is so brave for going through it like this. Of course there have been many widows before her and unfortunately there will be many more and she is not the first to deal well with that state, but I do admire her for her strength. Especially the comment about doing it for her boys. It must be so hard, three young boys (one of them a baby!) who just lost their dad, they must need her love more than ever right now and she seems to be getting it really right. I am definitely rooting for her. Maybe her celebrity status will help empower and encourage other women going through a similar thing. Go Natasha, you rock!

  5. Observer says:

    She’s a dead ringer for Meryl Streep! And she’s a classy lady and mother with her priorities straight. Best wishes to her as she goes forward raising her sons.

  6. daisy424 says:

    She is a beautiful woman!
    I couldn’t imagine how heartbreaking this must be for her.
    She seems to have a positive attitude about the future.
    I got a bit teary reading her comments, about moving on….

  7. vdantev says:

    think I have something in my eye :(

  8. Persistent Cat says:

    I didn’t know that had happened to her. Understatement but that’s so sad.