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Love Actually sequel will have no heart without Emma Thompson

Liam Neeson reunites with his on-screen son Thomas Brodie-Sangster while filming Love Actually 2 for a Comic Relief Special Credit: The Mega Agency

Love Actually is the most Marmite of all British films. Does it make you want to cry, or be copiously sick with disgust?

Personally, it makes me sob every time. Now Richard Curtis is making a mini-sequel to the hit rom-com for Comic Relief, so we can find out what happened to all the characters 14 years on.

Well, not quite all.

Emma Thompson, pictured with the late Alan Rickman, has not been confirmed for the reunion Credit: Universal Studios

While many of the lead players – including Hugh Grant, Martine McCutcheon, Keira Knightley, Colin Firth and Liam Neeson – are signed up, two names are conspicuously absent: Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson.

Rickman, who sadly died last year, played the husband who had the oh-so-predictable affair with his secretary. Thompson played his wife who, opening his Christmas present to her to find a Joni Mitchell CD and not the expensive jewellery she had found in his coat pocket, realises he is having an affair.

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