Here’s our First Look at the Love Actually sequel

Ryan Leston
UK Movies Writer
Liam Neeson returns to Love Actually – Credit: WENN

It’s official – ‘Love Actually’ is going to make us cry.


It’s no secret that ‘Love Actually’ is getting a TV sequel for Red Nose Day 2017. With original director Richard Curtis at the helm, it looks as though most of the original cast will also return… and we get to find out what they’ve been up to all these years.

And this first glimpse is already making us well up.

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The first images from the ‘Love Actually’ sequel show little Sam all grown up… and best of all, his doting father is here, too. That’s right – Liam Neeson is back as Sam’s dad. And he’s still doling out advice, as they’re spotted recreating the original film’s iconic bench scene on the streets of London.

Thankfully, it looks as though Sam has managed to get past ‘Hi’ with the object of his affections, Joanna as the pair were spotted on set arm-in-arm. And his dad couldn’t be more pleased.

Awww, happy times – Credit: WENN

Now 26 years old, Brodie-Sangster was just 12 when he starred in the original film… and now he and Olivia Olson are back as Sam and Joanna. And they’re not the only ones, either. The upcoming ‘Love Actually’ sequel will star Hugh Grant, Martine McCutcheon, Keira Knightley, Colin Firth, and many more in their original roles.

But I get the feeling it’s not going to be all happy endings.

“Over the years I’ve enjoyed doing Red Nose Day specials on TV things I’ve worked on – Blackadder, The Vicar of Dibley, and Mr Bean,” said creator Richard Curtis. “It seemed like a fun idea this year to do a special sketch based on one of my films, since Red Nose Day is now in both the UK and America. I would never have dreamt of writing a sequel to Love Actually, but I thought it might be fun to do ten minutes to see what everyone is now up to.

On set with Love Actually – Credit: WENN

The ‘Love Actually’ sequel stars Liam Neeson, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Olivia Olson, Hugh Grant, Kiera Knightley, Martine McCutcheon, Colin Firth, Andrew Lincoln, Bill Nighy and Rowan Atkinson.

Richard Curtis is back to direct.

The ‘Love Actually’ sequel heads to TV on 24 March 2017.

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