Richard E. Grant never realised his "personal" tweet would have reached Barbra Streisand.

Richard E. Grant with his daughter and wife

Richard E. Grant with his daughter and wife

The 'Can You Ever Forgive Me?' star posted a sweet message to his idol on social media and was completely shocked that he even got a reply.

Speaking on the red carpet at the EE British Academy Film Awards on Sunday night (10.02.19), he said: "When you do something so personal, and it has reached people in a way that I had not anticipation of."

Richard admitted he was "overcome with emotion" when Barbra replied to a letter he wrote to her when he was 14-years-old.

The 61-year-old actor wrote on Twitter: "As a lifelong fan of someone you'll understand what it meant for me to take this snap outside the home of @BarbraStreisand Asked Security for permission & he replied, 'It's a public road, but thanks for asking'. Wrote her this letter when I was 14. My wife is very understanding! (sic)"

With Barbra responding to his message: "Dear Richard What a wonderful letter you wrote me when u were 14 ! and look at u now! You're terrific in your latest movie with Melissa congratulations and love Barbra (sic)"

The actor later took to social media to share his excitement at getting a tweet from his idol.

Alongside a crying emoji and a heart eyes emoji, he wrote: "My pal Nicole Wilcox took this photo as my daughter read me @BarbraStreisand 's tweet/response to a letter I sent her 47 yrs ago. Am completely crinkle faced & overcome with emotion. My 'Message in a bottle' miracle. (sic)"

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