From the Beach to a royal wedding

SUITS -- Episode 612 -- Pictured: (l-r) Meghan Markle as Rachel Zane, Patrick J. Adams as Michael Ross -- (Photo by: Shane Mahood/USA Network)

I never did receive an invite to the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Maybe my invitation was lost in the mail, but one lucky guy from the Beach attended the ceremony at Windsor Castle in May.

You could even say Patrick J. Adams walked the future Duchess of Sussex down the aisle before the Prince, albeit on the TV show Suits where he played the love interest to Markle’s character.

The two finally tied the knot on the seventh season of the Toronto-filmed series and rode off into the sunset and off the show.

In real life Adams had his own dream beach wedding to Pretty Little Liars actress Troian Bellisario last December.

The two are starring together in the new sci-fi drama Clara which premiered at TIFF last week.

Adams plays an obsessed astronomer who searches for signs of life outside of earth’s cosmos while his own life falls apart.

When the royal engagement was announced last November, Adams sent a tweet about his Suits co-star Markle that made us laugh, “She said she was just going out to get some milk…”

Just before the May wedding, Adams sent a touching tweet out to Meghan Markle that said “70 years ago my grandparents Patricia and Cedric Marsh were married in a small service in Windsor, England. Just found that out. Already getting misty.”

Most of us don’t marry a prince or princess in a castle, but the circle of life works in mysterious ways in the universe.

Patrick’s maternal grandfather, Cedric Marsh, moved to Canada and became an engineering professor at Concordia University in Montreal.

A world-class scholar, he co-invented the tuning fork-shaped football goalposts used by the CFL and NFL.

Patrick Johannes Adams was born August 27, 1981 to Rowan Marsh and Claude Adams, a journalist, foreign correspondent and documentary filmmaker who co-authored the 1981 book, The Canadian Caper, which told the true story of our diplomats hiding Americans during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis —and don’t get me started on the bogus, Oscar-winning, Hollywood version, Argo.

The Adams family settled in the Beach area of Toronto, living on Silver Birch Avenue and then for many years in a cozy bungalow on Leonard Circle (near Lee Avenue) while Claude Adams reported from around the world.

Patrick has said that his father “knows almost everything about everything.”

Claude Adams passed on his love of storytelling to his son. Patrick wanted to be an actor from an early age. When it came time for high school he heard about the theatre arts courses at Northern Secondary and decided that was where he had to be, even if it meant long hours on the TTC from his home in the Beach.

The younger Adams is an actor, producer, director, photographer and world-traveller. He has changed his look for the film Clara playing a bearded scientist who loses track of his own life. His friend (played by Ennis Esmer) tells him ”if you spend all your time looking up at the stars, you’re going to miss what’s right in front of you.”

Clara was filmed in Toronto in March 2017. In the trailer there is a scene outside the shuttered McLaughlin Planetarium where many a pupil once looked up at the stars. Someday we may only have celluloid images and fond memories of buildings that are long gone.

I will admit that our little community may not be the centre of that universe, but we have our own stars. So many talented, creative people have called the Beach home.

Somewhere out there is a kid with dreams of becoming a director like Norman Jewison or Gail Harvey, a painter like Doris McCarthy, a writer like Fred Bodsworth, a musician like Glenn Gould, an athlete like Bruce Kidd or Penny Oleksiak.

A new generation of Beachers (Katie Boland, Atticus Mitchell, Jamie Johnston) are up-and-coming.

Try to catch Dalmar Abuzeid in Anne with an E which premieres on CBC on Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. Abuzeid was born in the Beach in 1990 and grew up on Waverley Rd. He plays the first black character to appear in the Avonlea of the classic Anne of Green Gables stories.

Is there a self-deprecating Beach sense of humour? In the tradition of Ted Reeve or Glenn Cochrane, Patrick J. Adams describes himself on Twitter as the “guy who used to be the other guy on that show about lawyers.”

He tweeted about his famous co-star Meghan Markle, “I’m beginning to think she might not actually be out getting milk.”


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