Alfred Molina’s family say star, 68, marrying Frozen director Jennifer Lee, 49, is a ‘fairytale end’


The family of Spider-Man actor Alfred Molina, 68, have described his marriage to Oscar-winning Frozen director Jennifer Lee as being like a ‘fairy tale ending to a film.’ 

The couple tied the knot last week a little more than one year after Alfred’s first wife, English actress Jill Gascoine, died of Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 83 in April 2020.

His new bride Jennifer, 49, posted a gallery of photos from their sunlit garden ceremony to Instagram on Monday with the sweet caption: ‘We did. We do.’

‘It’s a fairy tale ending’: Alfred Molina’s family share their joy as Spider-Man star, 68, marries Frozen director Jennifer Lee, 49… 16 months after wife Jill Gascoine died aged 83

In one snap, Alfred was seen overcome with emotion and holding his hands to his face as he watched his bride walk down the aisle.

His sister-in-law, Lyn Molina told MailOnline: ‘Alfred has gone through a lot over the past few years and this is like a fairy tale ending to one of his films. 

‘It’s absolutely lovely and we are delighted for them. They are a wonderful couple who are really in love.’

First marriage: The couple tied the knot last week a little more than one year after Alfred's first wife, English actress Jill Gascoine, died of Alzheimer's disease at the age of 83 in April 2020 (pictured in 1994)

First marriage: The couple tied the knot last week a little more than one year after Alfred’s first wife, English actress Jill Gascoine, died of Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 83 in April 2020 (pictured in 1994) 

Lynn, who lives in in Surrey and is married to Alfred’s brother Roberto revealed that he and Jennifer had been together for around five years. 

During this time, Alfred remained legally married to wife Jill, but shared in 2016 that the actress was in the ‘final stages’ of  the debilitating disease. 

He went public with his romance with Jennifer in November 2019.   

Lynn added: ‘We met Jennifer about three years ago when she came to London with Alfred. She’s lovely and is very down to earth, with no airs and graces.’

Alfred's sister-in-law, Lyn Molina told MailOnline: 'Alfred has gone through a lot over the past few years and this is like a fairy tale ending to one of his films'

Alfred’s sister-in-law, Lyn Molina told MailOnline: ‘Alfred has gone through a lot over the past few years and this is like a fairy tale ending to one of his films’

She added that she and her husband had been invited to the wedding in the States but decided not to travel because of COVID.

Lynn revealed: ‘Of course we were invited but unfortunately, because of all the restrictions around travel at this time, we decided not to go. We would have loved to have been there to enjoy their beautiful day with them.

‘We look forward to seeing them soon but don’t know when that’s going to be.’

Wow: Jennifer, who is the Chief Creative Officer at Walt Disney Animation Studios, looked sensational in a tulle dress with an A-line skirt and sequins dotted throughout

Wow: Jennifer, who is the Chief Creative Officer at Walt Disney Animation Studios, looked sensational in a tulle dress with an A-line skirt and sequins dotted throughout

Jennifer, who is the Chief Creative Officer at Walt Disney Animation Studios, looked sensational in a tulle dress with an A-line skirt and sequins dotted throughout.

Her groom donned a grey suit, light pink shirt and sunglasses with a white rose placed in the lapel of his smart ensemble.

Also present at the ceremony as officiator was actor Jonathan Groff, 36, who famously voiced Kristoff in the Frozen films.

Sweet: Also present at the ceremony as officiator was actor Jonathan Groff, 36, who famously voiced Kristoff in the Frozen films

Sweet: Also present at the ceremony as officiator was actor Jonathan Groff, 36, who famously voiced Kristoff in the Frozen films 

In a subsequent post from Jennifer, she shared further details of how Jonathan was involved in her nuptials to Alfred.

Captioning a photo of herself and Jonathan talking at the reception, she wrote: ‘This beautiful, generous soul is the reason Fred and I met. We owe him the world.’

Jennifer and Jonathan worked on Frozen together and he also worked with Alfred on a 2012 production of John Logan’s play Red.

Both Alfred and Jonathan starred in 2019’s animated Frozen II — with Alfred as the voice of Agnarr, Elsa and Anna’s father, and Jonathan reprising his role of Kristoff.

Going public: Roberto andJennifer have been together for five years, during which time he was legally married to Jill, and went public with his romance with Jennifer in November 2019

Going public: Roberto andJennifer have been together for five years, during which time he was legally married to Jill, and went public with his romance with Jennifer in November 2019

Alfred was first married to Z-Cars star Jill who he met when they were both working in the same theatre production. 

They married in Tower Hamlets, London, in 1986 when she was 49 and he was 33. He had a daughter, Rachel, now 41, from a previous relationship.

 Jill was first married to Dundee hotelier Bill Keith – tying the knot in 1965 and divorcing in 1972 – during which time they had two sons Adam and Sean, but they did not stay in contact with Bill after the divorce and Jill raised them as a single mother. 

One to watch: Jennifer and Jonathan worked on the animated film Frozen together (pictured: an image from the film)

One to watch: Jennifer and Jonathan worked on the animated film Frozen together (pictured: an image from the film) 

The actress rose to fame as Detective Inspector Maggie Forbes in The Gentle Touch and appeared in the spin-off series, C.A.T.S Eyes, before building a career in America.

While Jill lived until 2020, four years prior in 2016, Alfred shared that Jill was already in the ‘final stages’ of the debilitating disease.

He told The Radio Times: ‘Alzheimer’s is a cowardly disease. It creeps up on you from behind and by the time you realise you’ve got it you’re probably not realising much else. It’s a stinker’.

In other interviews, he also admitted to undergoing counselling to deal with her illness and joining an Alzheimer’s support group.

Friends had previously revealed how Jill started noticing problems with her memory in 2010. She was diagnosed in 2012 after her memory loss became more significant.

Jennifer, meanwhile, was previously married to Robert Joseph Monn, with whom she shares daughter Agatha. Agatha, 18, was the voice of nine-year-old Anna in the first Frozen film, from 2013. 

Iconic: Alfred's ex-wife Jill rose to fame as Detective Inspector Maggie Forbes in the 1980s television series The Gentle Touch (pictured) and its spin-off series C.A.T.S. Eyes

Iconic: Alfred’s ex-wife Jill rose to fame as Detective Inspector Maggie Forbes in the 1980s television series The Gentle Touch (pictured) and its spin-off series C.A.T.S. Eyes



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