Anna Friel shared a sweet clip of her daughter Gracie blowing out her candles on her 16th birthday as she doted that her birth was the ‘best day of my life’.
The Marcella actress, 45, took to Instagram on Sunday to share the heartwarming video which saw Gracie beaming from ear to ear.
Anna explained that she and her family were ‘in the mountains’ for the teenager’s birthday as the group looked to be enjoying some warmer weather.
Heartwarming: Anna Friel shared a sweet clip of her daughter Gracie blowing out her candles on her 16th birthday on Instagram on Sunday as she doted that her birth was the ‘best day of my life’
Captioning the post, she wrote: ‘Yesterday, 16 years ago, was without question the best day of my life because I was given the honour of becoming your mother Gracie.
‘We were lucky enough to be in the mountains with our family. Gracie You are the kindest and most delightful human being I have ever encountered.
‘I am so proud of who you are and what you stand for. Keep doing what you are doing and life will continue to shower you with wonder.
‘You are my heart. I love you. Happy happy sweet 16th my beautiful, always, Mama.’
Cute: The Marcella actress shared the heartwarming video which saw Gracie beaming from ear to ear as she was presented with her cake
Sweet: The mother and daughter hugged after Anna and her father Des sang to Gracie while she blew out her candles
The actress, who lifted the chocolate cake covered in gold candles up to her daughter’s face, wore a long green green dress.
She pulled the long dress in at the waist with a thick black belt and let her natural curled tresses flow over her shoulders and down her back.
Enjoying the sunshine, Gracie wore a denim skirt and a floral top and styled her blonde tresses in a middle parting.
The mother-daughter duo appeared to also be joined by Anna’s father, Des Friel.
Anna shares her daughter Gracie with her ex-partner and actor David Thewlis.
The pair first met in 2001 on a flight to Cannes and, despite Anna’s endometriosis diagnosis in the same year, they welcomed Gracie in 2005. They announced their separation in December 2010.
Chic: Enjoying the sunshine, Gracie wore a denim skirt and a crop top while her mother Anna donned a bight green belted dress
Parents: Anna shares her daughter Gracie with her ex-partner and actor David Thewlis who she met in 2001 and dated until 2010
Gracie occasionally features on David’s Instagram, with the star recently seen wishing his teenage daughter happy birthday.
David wrote: ‘Gracie is 16 today. Happy Birthday my cheeky, charming and beautiful angel. What can I say?
‘Your voice is from heaven, you’re funnier than fun and you cheat at Uno. Oh… and I love you.’
It comes as David, 58, announced on Friday he has married for the second time, tying the knot with his French partner Hermine.
The actor, who has starred in the Harry Potter movies, Seven Years in Tibet and Black Beauty, confirmed the happy news in a gushing Instagram post.
‘It was love at first sight’: David announced on Friday that he has married for the second time, tying the knot with his French partner Hermine
Alongside a series of loved-up photos of himself and his wife Hermine, David penned a lengthy caption, revealing it had been ‘love at first sight’ for the couple.
David discussed his relationship with Hermine in a rare post he shared on social media, as his partner prepared to head to Paris to visit her family for the first time in over a year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
‘When I first met Hermine she was wearing a cherry red dress with white polka dots and smoking tobacco from a clay pipe. She told me she was the retired ringmistress of a travelling flea circus I thought she was joking, but it was true. Ça a été un coup de foudre [It was love at first sight],’ David wrote.
Confirming their marriage, he then referred to the couple’s wedding rings as his gushing post continued: ‘These days nobody smokes and the only rings are on our fingers.
‘These days, sleeping beside her, I wake up laughing in the middle of the night.
Doting: The actor confirmed the marriage by referring to the couple wearing wedding rings, as he gushed about his partner (pictured above)
‘Tomorrow she is leaving for Paris and Provence to visit her family for the first time in over a year, whilst I must remain here in London, hawking fine literature to the masses. I am already a little lost.’
Proving just how smitten he is, David said: ‘ I feel like one of her poor fleas, off balance and out of control on a flying trapeze, with no net and no one to catch me.
‘Hermine is almost packed. “I’ll miss you,” I say, “and I expect you’ll miss me”. She smiles and puts on her headphones, as if to say, “Yes, of course I will”.’
The movie talent shared a series of pictures in his romantic post, including one sweet picture of himself and Hermine kissing, along with a number of pictures of her alone.
Loved up: David shared a series of photos of Hermine as she prepared to head back to Paris to see her family for the first time in a year
He and Hermine have previously kept their relationship out of the spotlight but David hinted the pair had wed, earlier this year, when he called Hermine his ‘patient wife’ in April, while talking about his upcoming second novel ‘Shooting Martha’.
Again in an Instagram post, David subtly wrote: ‘I spent much of 2019 and the beginning of 2020 writing my second novel, only taking a brief pause to shoot Charlie Kauffman’s ‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’.
‘I stayed in all day and night, every day and night and didn’t see anyone except my patient wife, Hermine. I finally finished it in mid-March 2020.
‘Ça a été un coup de foudre’: David revealed it had been ‘love at first sight’ for the couple, as he wrote about ‘missing’ his wife on her trip to France
‘To celebrate we poured ourselves a glass of wine, turned on the TV for the first time in many months and were immediately ordered to stay in all day and night, every day and night and not see anyone for the rest of the year. So we did.
‘And so, no doubt, did you. Anyway, I am now permitted to tell you that this book exists. It exists. It is called Shooting Martha. More details to follow.’
David’s marriage to Hermine is his second marriage, as he previously wed ex-wife Sarah Sugarman.
The pair married in 1992, but went on to divorce each other two years later in 1994.
Candid: In one picture, Hermine could be seen turning towards the camera with a flat cap on her head, with a slight smile on her face