During last night’s Comic Relief, we were reunited with with Liam Neeson, Hugh Grant, Keira Knightley, Andrew Lincoln, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Bill Nighy and more, and it was marvellous. It’s been almost fourteen years since we last saw this lot, so what have they been up to?
Director Richard Curtis was snapped by his partner, the broadcaster Emma Freud, with actress Olivia Olson just yesterday. You will, of course, recall that she played Joanna Anderson, the schoolgirl from his 2003 rom-com ‘Love Actually’, who performed the dazzling rendition of Mariah Carey’s festive classic ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ which so entranced the young Thomas Brodie-Sangster’s character Sam. “Oh hello #rednosedayactually cast member looking slightly older than she did in the original film….,” Freud captioned the shot, confirming that Olson will most definitely be appearing in the ‘sequel’ to ‘Love Actually’ that’s being made for Red Nose Day.
In the years since it was released to a fairly lukewarm critical response, Richard Curtis’ ‘Love Actually’ has become something of a Christmas staple. Popping on your well-worn ‘Love Actually’ DVD for its annual viewing has become as important as digging out your Christmas jumper, buying your presents, and putting up the tree. The film’s title is a bit of an in-joke by Richard Curtis.
In footage from the movie’s DVD release, handily unearthed on Buzzfeed, Richard Curtis reveals that there was a same-sex relationship between Anne Reid’s brusque headmistress and her lover, Frances de la Tour. Curtis, who says he was 'sorry to lose’ the plot strand, adds: “The idea was meant to be that you just casually met this very sort of stern headmistress. As is, all the relationships in the finished movie, with its star-laden cast featuring Bill Nighy, Gregor Fisher, Colin Firth, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, Rowan Atkinson, Martine McCutcheon, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Andrew Lincoln and Keira Knightley, were heterosexual.