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Miranda Richardson unable to attend ‘Stronger’ premiere

English actress Miranda Richardson attends the press conference for the movie 'Stronger' during the  Toronto International Film Festival.

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English actress Miranda Richardson attends the press conference for the movie “Stronger” during the Toronto International Film Festival.

Miranda Richardson sends her best from the UK.

The actress, who plays Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman’s mom, Patty, in the new David Gordon Green film “Stronger,” joined her costars at the Toronto International Film Festival over the weekend, but told the Globe she wouldn’t be able to travel to the local premiere.

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“They’ve let me out for just this,” an apologetic Richardson said. “I’m so sorry.”

Richardson explained she’d be leaving Toronto for Leeds, where she’s filming the series “Girlfriends” with Phyllis Logan, of “Downton Abbey,” and fellow “Harry Potter” castmate Zoë Wanamaker (Richardson was Rita Skeeter, Wanamaker played Rolanda Hooch).

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Richardson said she’d hoped to be able to watch the film with her real-life counterpart. “I’m sorry I can’t be there for Patty,” she said.

Stars who are expected to attend Tuesday night’s local premiere of the drama include Jake Gyllenhaal, who plays Bauman, and Tatiana Maslany, of “Orphan Black,” who plays Jeff’s then-girlfriend, Erin Hurley. The screening will be held at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, where Bauman was treated after he lost his legs.

Bauman — whose memoir “Stronger,” co-written by Bret Witter, inspired the film — was also in Toronto for the premiere, and told the Globe it was his first film festival. He was there for Friday’s world premiere screening, which was followed by a party at Soho House Toronto that drew stars such as Stanley Tucci and Armie Hammer. Sunday, Bauman was kept busy with a full day of interviews. He said he’d like to return next year so he can “actually see some movies.”

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Critical reception to the film has been positive; the Guardian said Gyllenhaal’s portrayal of Bauman was Oscar-worthy, while Variety called the film “a movie that just works.”

“Stronger” will be released in theaters next Friday.

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