Stars of Love Actually to reunite for 20th anniversary special

Hold onto your hats Love Actually fans because the cast of the hit Christmas film are coming together to mark its 20th anniversary.

The one-hour special will air on US network ABC and will look at how the film became a beloved Christmas tradition and a global sensation, with exclusive interviews with cast members.

Hugh Grant, Dame Emma Thompson, Bill Nighy, Laura Linney and Thomas Brodie-Sangster will sit down with ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer for the show.

It will also include an appearance from writer and director Richard Curtis, as well as a message from Martine McCutcheon.

ABC said the special would offer new insight into behind-the-scenes secrets and the film’s famous scenes as well as examining how the Covid-19 pandemic “refocused the ways we love and connect”.

In an exclusive clip of the interview, Dame Emma recalled watching the film for the first time.

She says: “Hugh came up behind me as we were walking out and said ‘is that the most psychotic thing we’ve ever been in?'”

Hugh also reveals that he thought he would “hate” the iconic dancing scene in Downing Street.

“But I will give myself the credit of having the secretary catch me,” he says.

In another clip, Richard tells Sawyer: “I do think that the way to think about life is that every day has the potential just to be gorgeous.”


Paddington 2 star Hugh, 62, starred in the film as the Prime Minister, and has since gone on to star in a host of other films.

The Notting Hill actor has five children including daughter, Tabitha, 10, and Felix, eight, with ex Tinglan Hong, along with nine year old son John Mungo Grant with his now-wife Anna Elisabet Eberstein.

Hugh and Anna welcomed a daughter in December 2015, whose name remains unknown, along with a second daughter in March 2018 before they tied the knot in May of the same year.

Meanwhile, Emma Thomspon, 63, starred as Karen, the sister of the Prime Minister, and tugged on our heartstrings when she set her sights on a gold necklace that turned out to be a Joni Mitchell CD in the classic festive film.

Emma tied the knot with Strictly Come Dancing star Greg Wise in 2003, the same year as Love Actually’s release, and the couple share 21 year old daughter Gaia and son Tindyebwa.

Emma has since starred in Cruella, Nanny McPhee, Last Christmas, Bridget Jones's Baby and 2019 festive film Last Christmas.

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