The day has finally come! The highly-anticipated premiere of the “Love Actually” UK sequel went live on Friday, 13 years after the original debuted on movie screens.
The “Love Actually” Red Nose Day television special certainly didn’t disappoint, welcoming many surprises along the way as viewers caught up with their favourite characters, Mark, Jamie and Daniel.
The 10-minute sequel, which aired during the annual fundraising event, opened with Andrew Lincoln’s character Mark showing up to Juliet’s (Keira Knightley) front door — and just like in the original, he brought a few cards along with him.
While he peeled away the boards, he soon reveals the identity of his now-wife, supermodel Kate Moss. “Hi, nice to meet you,” Moss’ sign read.
As the scene cuts to Hugh Grant, who reprises his role as UK Prime Minister David, viewers get reacquainted with his love of dance in what is already a big hit on social media. David is spotted getting carried away to Drake’s “Hotline Bling”, busting a few classic moves and falling down 10 Downing’s familiar staircase.
Twitter users also applauded David’s moving speech, which came less than 48 hours after the devastating terrorist attack in London. While answering a question about optimism from the press, Grant’s character says: “…on a deeper level I’m optimistic wherever you see tragedy, you see bravery too. Wherever you see ordinary people in need, you see extraordinary people come to their aid. Today is Red Nose Day and people who are giving their hard earned cash to people they’ll never meet, who’s pain and fear they’ll never feel and want to fight.”
“So it’s not romantic love that is all round, most people still everyday, everywhere have enough love in their hearts to help human beings in trouble,” Grant’s character continued. “Good’s going to win, I’m actually sure of it.”
Cameras also reunited with Colin Firth’s character Jamie, who was seen driving in a car with his wife and former housekeeper, Aurelia (played by Lucia Moniz), to pick up their kids.
Liam Neeson’s character Daniel, meanwhile, caught up with his stepson to talk about love. The shaggy-haired Sam (Thomas Sangster) surprised his father with news of his reunion with first love Joana (Olivia Olson), who asked a delighted Daniel for permission to marry his son.