Family members of Natasha Richardson were “very concerned” today after the actress suffered a serious head injury while skiing.
She was injured at a resort in Canada yesterday and was later transferred to a Montreal hospital.
Her husband, actor Liam Neeson, flew from filming in Toronto to be with his wife, following the incident, it was reported.
Kika Markham – wife of Richardson’s uncle, Corin Redgrave, said: “We know that she has had an accident but we really do not know any more details.
“We are very concerned.”
She said the family wanted to be left alone.
She added: “He (Corin) has got a show tonight. He has had heart problems.”
The 45-year-old daughter of Oscar winning actress Vanessa Redgrave and the late director Tony Richardson was initially taken to a hospital near the luxury Mont Tremblant ski resort in Quebec, before being moved to Montreal’s Sacre Coeur Hospital, People.com reported.
Her accident comes after a British police officer was killed in an accident at a French ski resort.
Pc Michael Probert, 42, was skiing with his wife and friends when he was killed in a fall in the Alpe d’Huez resort.
Both hospitals and her agent were unable to comment on the accident.
Richardson is the grand-daughter of Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson, the sister of actress Joely Richardson, and the niece of Lynn Redgrave.
Born in May 1963, Richardson was educated at St Paul’s Girls School in London and trained at the city’s Central School of Speech and Drama.
She has two sons with 'Schindler’s List' star Neeson whom she married in 1994 after meeting on the set of the film 'Nel'.
Her extensive experience on stage includes a number of Shakespearean roles, among them Ophelia in 'Hamlet' and Helena in 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream'.
In 1986 she won the London Drama Critics’ most promising newcomer award for her performance as Nina in 'The Seagull' alongside her mother.
She also won a Tony award for best actress in a musical for her performance as Sally Bowles in Sam Mendes’ production of 'Cabaret' on Broadway in 1998.