Some people are only just learning that there's a 'Love Actually 2'

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By stefan armitage

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Love Actually - the beloved 2003 romantic comedy written and directed by Richard Curtis - has been a holiday staple ever since its release 20 years ago.

Filled with heartwarming stories of love and relationships, the movie and its lovable characters left audiences wanting more.

But although there have long been calls for a sequel, it appears that some people are only just learning is that there is actually a follow-up to the 2003 classic.

Yes, back in 2017, many of the original cast reunited for a short sequel that caught many fans by surprise.

Clocking in at just over 15 minutes, "Red Nose Day Actually" brought back some of the original film's beloved characters to give viewers an update on their lives and relationships. It was created as part of the Red Nose Day charity campaign, which raises funds for various charitable organizations, with a particular focus on alleviating child poverty.

The sequel was a delightful reunion for fans, but some are only now discovering its existence, so let's dive into what made "Red Nose Day Actually" so special.

One of the most exciting aspects of "Red Nose Day Actually" was the return of beloved characters from the original film. The short sequel revisited characters played by Hugh Grant, Martine McCutcheon, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Andrew Lincoln, Keira Knightley, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rowan Atkinson, and others. It was a heartwarming moment for fans to see where these characters' lives had taken them in the years since the original film.

While the sequel maintained the same feel-good essence of "Love Actually," it also introduced some unexpected surprises. One of the most talked-about moments was the revelation that Juliet (Keira Knightley) and Peter (Chiwetel Ejiofor) were still happily married. This came as a relief to viewers who were concerned about the love triangle between Juliet, Peter, and Mark (Andrew Lincoln) in the original film. It turns out, Mark found love elsewhere, and all was well in their world.

"Red Nose Day Actually" didn't just rely on nostalgia to win over fans; it delivered its fair share of comedic moments and heartfelt scenes. Hugh Grant, reprising his role as the British Prime Minister, brought his signature charm and wit to the screen once again. His dancing scene, reminiscent of his famous dance in the original film, was a highlight - but it was his closing speech as prime minister then once again brought gravitas and purpose to the short.

The short sequel also touched on serious topics, including the impact of aging on relationships. Billy Mack, played by Bill Nighy, offered a humorous yet poignant reflection on growing older and the enduring bond between him and his manager, Joe.

"Red Nose Day Actually" paid tribute to Emma Thompson's character, Karen, and her unforgettable storyline from the original film. While Thompson did not reprise her role due to the passing of her on-screen husband, Alan Rickman, the sequel provided closure for Karen. Viewers learned that she had moved on and found happiness in her life, a touching nod to both the character and the late Alan Rickman.

We don't want to give too much away, as we're guessing many of you haven't actually seen the short. But for those who had no idea that "Red Nose Day Actually" existed, discovering this short sequel has been a delightful surprise - an early Chrismas present, if you will.

It offers fans of the original a chance to revisit beloved characters and see how their stories continued to unfold after the credits ran.

So, if you're one of the lucky ones just now discovering this delightful sequel, prepare for a charming reunion with old friends and a reaffirmation of the message that love actually is all around us.

Featured image credit: BBC Films

Some people are only just learning that there's a 'Love Actually 2'

vt-author-image

By stefan armitage

Article saved!Article saved!

Love Actually - the beloved 2003 romantic comedy written and directed by Richard Curtis - has been a holiday staple ever since its release 20 years ago.

Filled with heartwarming stories of love and relationships, the movie and its lovable characters left audiences wanting more.

But although there have long been calls for a sequel, it appears that some people are only just learning is that there is actually a follow-up to the 2003 classic.

Yes, back in 2017, many of the original cast reunited for a short sequel that caught many fans by surprise.

Clocking in at just over 15 minutes, "Red Nose Day Actually" brought back some of the original film's beloved characters to give viewers an update on their lives and relationships. It was created as part of the Red Nose Day charity campaign, which raises funds for various charitable organizations, with a particular focus on alleviating child poverty.

The sequel was a delightful reunion for fans, but some are only now discovering its existence, so let's dive into what made "Red Nose Day Actually" so special.

One of the most exciting aspects of "Red Nose Day Actually" was the return of beloved characters from the original film. The short sequel revisited characters played by Hugh Grant, Martine McCutcheon, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Andrew Lincoln, Keira Knightley, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rowan Atkinson, and others. It was a heartwarming moment for fans to see where these characters' lives had taken them in the years since the original film.

While the sequel maintained the same feel-good essence of "Love Actually," it also introduced some unexpected surprises. One of the most talked-about moments was the revelation that Juliet (Keira Knightley) and Peter (Chiwetel Ejiofor) were still happily married. This came as a relief to viewers who were concerned about the love triangle between Juliet, Peter, and Mark (Andrew Lincoln) in the original film. It turns out, Mark found love elsewhere, and all was well in their world.

"Red Nose Day Actually" didn't just rely on nostalgia to win over fans; it delivered its fair share of comedic moments and heartfelt scenes. Hugh Grant, reprising his role as the British Prime Minister, brought his signature charm and wit to the screen once again. His dancing scene, reminiscent of his famous dance in the original film, was a highlight - but it was his closing speech as prime minister then once again brought gravitas and purpose to the short.

The short sequel also touched on serious topics, including the impact of aging on relationships. Billy Mack, played by Bill Nighy, offered a humorous yet poignant reflection on growing older and the enduring bond between him and his manager, Joe.

"Red Nose Day Actually" paid tribute to Emma Thompson's character, Karen, and her unforgettable storyline from the original film. While Thompson did not reprise her role due to the passing of her on-screen husband, Alan Rickman, the sequel provided closure for Karen. Viewers learned that she had moved on and found happiness in her life, a touching nod to both the character and the late Alan Rickman.

We don't want to give too much away, as we're guessing many of you haven't actually seen the short. But for those who had no idea that "Red Nose Day Actually" existed, discovering this short sequel has been a delightful surprise - an early Chrismas present, if you will.

It offers fans of the original a chance to revisit beloved characters and see how their stories continued to unfold after the credits ran.

So, if you're one of the lucky ones just now discovering this delightful sequel, prepare for a charming reunion with old friends and a reaffirmation of the message that love actually is all around us.

Featured image credit: BBC Films