Amanda Abbington says she ‘forgets her fiance Jonathan Goodwin is in a wheelchair’

‘I forget he’s in a wheelchair’: Amanda Abbington says that her fiancé Jonathan Goodwin is going ‘from strength to strength’ after he was left paralysed by fireball stunt

Amanda Abbington has revealed that her fiancé Jonathan Goodwin is ‘going from strength to strength’ after he was left paralysed by a fireball stunt.

The actress, 48, who postponed her wedding to the America’s Got Talent star in the wake of the accident, gushed that she is so in love with her ‘independant and strong’ husband-to-be that she ‘forgets he’s in a wheelchair.’

Jonathan has been using a wheelchair after he was paralysed for life in a tragic accident in October 2021, following a stunt where he attempted to escape from a straight jacket while being hung upside down 30 feet in the air.

Candid: Amanda Abbington has revealed that her fiancé Jonathan Goodwin is 'going from strength to strength' after he was left paralysed by a fireball stunt

Candid: Amanda Abbington has revealed that her fiancé Jonathan Goodwin is ‘going from strength to strength’ after he was left paralysed by a fireball stunt

Speaking on Tuesday’s Lorraine to promote her new comedy series The Family Pile, Amanda revealed that she and Jonathan are still planning to marry this summer.

Gushing about her beau she added: ‘He’s amazing, he makes me smile. I love him to bits, he’s going from strength to strength. 

‘I forget he’s in a wheelchair, he’s independent and strong. He’s genuinely my hero, I don’t know what I’d do without him. He’s so supportive and gorgeous. Wedding in summer it’s happening.’

Proud: The actress gushed that she is so in love with her 'independant and strong' husband-to-be that she 'forgets he's in a wheelchair'

Proud: The actress gushed that she is so in love with her ‘independant and strong’ husband-to-be that she ‘forgets he’s in a wheelchair’

Interview: Speaking on Tuesday's Lorraine to promote her new comedy series The Family Pile, Amanda revealed that she and Jonathan are still planning to marry this summer

Interview: Speaking on Tuesday’s Lorraine to promote her new comedy series The Family Pile, Amanda revealed that she and Jonathan are still planning to marry this summer

Proud: Gushing about her beau she added: 'He's amazing, he makes me smile. I love him to bits, he's going from strength to strength'

Proud: Gushing about her beau she added: ‘He’s amazing, he makes me smile. I love him to bits, he’s going from strength to strength’

Amanda started dating the America’s Got Talent star after her split from Martin Freeman, and Jonathan proposed to her just weeks before he was paralysed for life in a tragic accident in October 2021. 

Last year the couple had revealed that they planned to get married in 2022, but remained coy on the details.

Appearing on Lorraine in May, Jonathan said: ‘The wedding is later this year, its lovely, we were very excited about it beforehand. It’s one of those things where if somebody dies, everyone says what a wonderful person he was but they never get to hear it.

'Strong': 'I forget he's in a wheelchair, he's independent and strong. He's genuinely my hero, I don't know what I'd do without him' Amanda added

‘Strong’: ‘I forget he’s in a wheelchair, he’s independent and strong. He’s genuinely my hero, I don’t know what I’d do without him’ Amanda added

Married soon! During her interview, Amanda confirmed that she and Jonathan are planning to tie the knot this summer

Married soon! During her interview, Amanda confirmed that she and Jonathan are planning to tie the knot this summer 

Tough time: Jonathan has been using a wheelchair after he was paralysed for life in an accident in October 2021 , following a stunt where he attempted to escape from a straight jacket

Tough time: Jonathan has been using a wheelchair after he was paralysed for life in an accident in October 2021 , following a stunt where he attempted to escape from a straight jacket

‘When you nearly die you get the same thing so it’s brought me closer to my friends and family.’

The Welsh escapologist was crushed between two suspended cars while trying to escape a strait jacket upside down 30ft in the air during rehearsals for Simon Cowell‘s spin-off series America’s Got Talent: Extreme.

Amanda revealed in May 2022 that her partner now uses a wheelchair after he sustained a number of serious injuries during rehearsals for America’s Got Talent: Extreme, which has since been axed. He was hospitalised for four months with his injuries, before his release in February.

Scary: Amanda revealed in May 2022 that her partner now uses a wheelchair after he sustained a number of serious injuries during rehearsals for America's Got Talent: Extreme

Scary: Amanda revealed in May 2022 that her partner now uses a wheelchair after he sustained a number of serious injuries during rehearsals for America’s Got Talent: Extreme

She explained: ‘He fell 30ft and lost a kidney, broke both shoulder blades, shattered both legs.

‘Third-degree burns, broke his spine and severed his spinal cord and nearly died. And then on the operating table, he nearly died again.

‘Unless there’s a kind of stem cell surgery, or that thing that Elon Musk is designing with the little chip, he’ll be like that forever.’ 

In May, Jonathan shared a post on Instagram, saying that his dog, who finally got to see him again for the first time in six months, was getting used to him having ‘cool, new, wheels.’

He penned: ‘Six months ago I went to rehearse for something and left this little hair monkey waiting patiently for me… he didn’t see his dad again until just a couple of weeks ago and when he finally did, his dad had new wheels.

‘A lot has changed in the last six months, but love is a constant and I’m very loved. Looking forward to my next chapter and being a role model.’

Supportive: During the couple's first joint TV appearance that same month, Jonathan explained that he had given Amanda a 'Get Out of Jail Free card' after his accident

Supportive: During the couple’s first joint TV appearance that same month, Jonathan explained that he had given Amanda a ‘Get Out of Jail Free card’ after his accident

During the couple’s first joint TV appearance that same month, Jonathan explained that he had given Amanda a ‘Get Out of Jail Free card’ after his accident, but the star insisted that she would always remain by her new fiancé’s side.

As Amanda was seen becoming emotional, Jonathan said: ‘I said you have a get out of jail free card, if you want to walk away I understand and she told me not to be so stupid.’

Elsewhere in the interview, a tearful Amanda, who Jonathan proposed to just weeks before the accident, went on to say that they are ‘closer and tighter’ than ever as a couple as she gushed that Jonathan was her ‘inspiration.’

‘We are closer and tighter than ever and we have this unspoken thing, we said the other day that we are the people that are gonna say yes to stuff, life’s too short, be in the moment and grab it with both hands because you don’t know what’s around the corner,’ she said.

‘He’s a total inspiration to me. He’s an idiot, I’m a wally so it’s fine. And all my friends and family love him, he’s very loveable.’

Before they started dating, the couple had previously been friends on social media for around 10 years, with Amanda following his content as her son Joe thought his act was ‘amazing’.

She explained that they connected after she split with fellow Sherlock actor Martin Freeman and separated from another partner – and when Goodwin had divorced from his wife. It is not clear when they started dating.

Nearly died twice: Jonathan, who has now retired from escapology, documented his four months in hospital recovering from injuries including burns and broken legs

Nearly died twice: Jonathan, who has now retired from escapology, documented his four months in hospital recovering from injuries including burns and broken legs

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