Grace McNeil: Is Hugh Jackman’s Mother Still Alive?

Who Is The Mother Of Hugh Jackman?

Grace McNeil is the mother of Australian actor Hugh Jackman. Grace’s son Hugh Jackman is best known for his long-running role as Wolverine in the X-Men film series. He has appeared in films of various genres and earned international recognition for his roles in major films, notably as superhero, period, and romance characters.

Grace McNeil: Bio Summary

NameGrace McNeil
Famous asmother of Hugh Jackman
Born 1939
Birthplace England, United Kingdom
Gender Female
Nationality British
Parents Bennett John Greenwood and Agnes Milroy
Spouse Christopher John Jackman
Children Sonya Jackman, Hugh Jackman, Ralph Jackman, Ian Jackman, Zoe Jackman

Hugh Jackman’s mother, Grace McNeil (née Greenwood) was born in England, United Kingdom in the year 1939, per Ancientfaces. She is the daughter of Bennett John Greenwood and Agnes Milroy, per a source. Much is unknown about her siblings, and other relatives. She is English but she moved to Australia. She used to be married to Christopher John Jackman, a Cambridge-educated accountant.

Grace McNeil and Christopher John were both English immigrants to Australia. She and Christopher were devout Christians. They are the parents of Sonya Jackman, Hugh Jackman, Ralph Jackman, Ian Jackman, and Zoe Jackman. In 1976, Grace and Christopher got divorced. She remarried and had a daughter.

Grace McNeil Abandoned Her Family In Australia

After Grace McNeil got divorced from Christopher John Jackman, she left Australia and moved back to England. According to her son Hugh Jackman’s Wikipedia page, she didn’t leave alone. She left with her two daughters leaving her sons behind for their father Christopher to look after. Hugh has not hidden the fact that his mom left him but he said he never felt that his mum didn’t love him.

Grace McNeil And Hugh Jackman

Hugh Jackman has spoken about his strained relationship with his mother in the past. He was just eight years old at the time his mother left. She only visited the family once a year. Other sources have it that Hugh’s mother Grace left all her children behind when she left for England. Hugh was unable to forget how he felt when his mother left and how he was hoping that she would return one day.

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In an interview with The Australian Women’s Weekly, The “X-Men” actor, Hugh Jackman said: “At the time, it was difficult. One of the main things I remember is that horrible feeling that people were talking about you and looking at you because it was odd for the mother to leave.

“For many years, I thought it was not going to be forever, so I clung on to that. Up until about the age of 12 or 13, I thought Mum and Dad would get back together. Finally realising it wasn’t going to happen was probably the toughest time to be honest.”

“The thing I never felt, and I know this might sound strange, I never felt that my mum didn’t love me. I’ve spoken about it at length with her since and I know she was struggling. She was in hospital after I was born suffering from post-natal depression.”

“And then you add five kids into the mix and the fact she had emigrated from England and there wasn’t a support network for her here, plus the fact that Dad was at work all day — and you realise that as parents we make mistakes.”

Hugh Jackman and his mom Grace McNeil have been able to patch things up. They have putten everything behind them and they have developed a close relationship. On social media, Hugh often shares photos alongside his mother after they reconciled.

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Is Hugh Jackman’s Mother Still Alive?

Hugh Jackman’s mother Grace McNeil is still alive. On Mother’s Day, Hugh celebrated his mom. On May 8, 2022, he shared a photo on his Instagram handle with his mom as they both smiled looking into the camera. He wrote: Happy Mother’s Day to my dear Mum … and to all of you who are celebrating today!! #mothersday

Grace McNeil’s ex-husband Christopher John Jackman is not alive. He died on September 5, 2021, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Christopher and his son Hugh had an amazing father-and-son relationship. Hugh has mentioned how important his father is to him. He said he and his dad were close.

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When Christopher John Jackman passed away, Hugh who felt deep sadness, was also filled with gratitude and love. Christopher died on September 5, which marked Father’s Day in Australia. Hugh shared a photo of his father on his Twitter and Instagram accounts and wrote:

“In the early hours of Father’s Day (AU), my Dad peacefully passed away. And whilst there is deep sadness, I am filled with such gratitude and love. My Dad was, in a word, extraordinary. He devoted his life to his family, his work and his faith. I pray he is now at peace with God.”

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Ruth Kai Botchway

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