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Love Actually is on TV for the trillionth time, which must mean it's Christmas season. Luckily the cast, crew, and Love Actually creator Richard Curtis's wife Emma Freud have drip-fed us nuggets of info over the years. The pair attended a live screening of the 2003 classic in 2015 – it was the first time Curtis has seen the film since it premiered – and Freud tweeted throughout. We've picked her best nuggets of info as well as facts revealed since its release as Love Actually airs on ITV2 tonight. Remember the housekeeper in the hugh grant arriving at Downing Street line up?

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Emma Freud's mum played the Prime Minister's cleaner. Extras were played by family friends and that mini Lobster was her daughter Scarlett Curtis. #LoveActually pic.twitter.com/BjsVMMXOD3 — emma freud???? #LoveActually pic.twitter.com/4aEslmgA6E — emma freud???? In the film's DVD commentary, Curtis explains that when they caught a special moment on camera the crew would run over and get the people to sign a waiver. It seems rather fitting as it was watching the love expressed at the arrival gate of LAX that also inspired Curtis to write the film in the first place. A lot of the film was shot at night to avoid crowds, which makes sense given the locations. Rowan's character originally over-wrapped the gift on purpose to stop Alan Rickman buying the necklace. It all ended up being too much so the scene, and idea, were cut. Originally Rowan's character over-wrapped the gift on purpose to stop Alan rickman being able to buy the necklace. — emma freud???? She was sooooo funny when we filmed that scene. 8. Emma took 12 takes to do her heartbreaking scene Thompson realises her husband is having an affair and weeps while listening to Joni Mitchell's Both Sides Now. Curtis said he shot it in medium-wide and didn't move the camera, then just watched her act. "It was an amazing feat of acting," Curtis said. "That scene where my character is standing by the bed crying is so well known because it's something everyone's been through," she said later. Love Actually Emma Thompson's crying scene wasn't scripted Emma Thompson came up with the bawling her eyes out scene herself. Richard only called colin firth's character 'jamie' so the kids could say 'I hate uncle jamie'. #LoveActually — emma freud???? When asked if the affair had actually happened, Freud revealed the truth: "[Harry] definitely had an affair. Karl and Sarah's love story originally just fizzled out after she got a call from her brother, but when the film was shown to test audiences it didn't go down well. Curtis changed the story and added extra scenes so it was clear the pair weren't going to get together. Two of them were later cut – before filming – and the other two ended up on the cutting room floor. Curtis has said he regrets scrapping the scene at the last minute because it removed one of his main points – everyone has their own complicated love story to tell. John and Judy's love story shows Martin Freeman and Joanna Page stand-in on an erotic drama. Curtis had Hugh Grant and Emma Thompson in mind from the start Curtis has said that was always the plan – he wanted Hugh Grant and Emma Thompson to play the PM and his sister. He wrote it specifically for the actress, even calling the character Martine. They later changed the character's name to Natalie as they didn't want her to realise she already had the job when she came in for the audition. Curtis originally wanted someone who looked like Schiffer, but couldn't find anyone. Curtis wrote letters to the US stars Curtis wrote to Laura Linney, Billy Bob Thornton, and Denise Richards to ask them to star in Love Actually. Linney said: "I got a letter in the mail from Richard Curtis saying that he'd been trying to cast this part, and he'd kept saying to his partner, Emma Freud, that he'd been looking for a 'Laura Linney-type,' and she said, 'Why don't you ask Laura Linney?'" Bill Nighy didn't know he auditioned for Love Actually This was the first time Nighy and Curtis worked together, but Nighy didn't even realise he had auditioned for the film. Nighy said he thought it was just so she could hear it read out, but then he got offered the role. He was in line for the Rufus role in Love Actually, but Rowan Atkinson got the gig. Curtis wrote five versions of the scene and then read them to the women in his office to check they weren't 'too mushy'. There's one character Curtis feels is close to himself Apparently it's Andrew Lincoln's character who is the closest to himself that Curtis has ever written – that's according to his wife. The band in the wedding scene was inspired by a funeral The band play All You Need is Love which was inspired by The Muppets Jim Henson's funeral. Hugh Grant hates his dancing You may all love it but Grant was very grumpy (and still is) about dancing around No 10 in the crab pose and "kept putting it off". Curtis and Grant disagreed on how the PM should be played, but never more so than when Grant had to dance, and he refused to rehearse. He said: "I kept saying to Richard: 'OK, look. The song was also originally Jackson 5, but they couldn't get the rights so Jump (For My Love) by Girls Aloud is was. When he faced criticism in 2005 for his dealings with the US, Blair said: "I know there's a bit of us that would like me to do a Hugh Grant in Love Actually and tell America where to get off. Every Richard Curtis film contains "Bernard" with a joke at his expense. He's the son of Emma Thompson's character in Love Actually who is labelled "horrid". Curtis says it's down to a love triangle that didn't go his way. Bernard was the name of a man who got the girl Curtis fancied called Anne, hence the joke. A character insults the caterer's food while he's attempting to flirt in Love Actually, but the scene was originally written for Grant's character in Four Weddings and a Funeral. The scene got cut from the latter film so Curtis brought it back to life in Love Actually with Kris Marshall acting out the faux pas. Some drafts of the Love Actually script still had Grant's name attached to the scene. Liam Neeson's character, Daniel, has his love story with Carol, but he later calls her Karen… which is Emma's character's name. In the DVD commentary, Curtis admits that his affection for writer-director Rebecca Frayn led to a heartbreaking scene. Frayn is never credited in the film as she never performed, but when Curtis had to create a slideshow of Sam's mum he used images of Frayn. The film was originally two separate movies. The first was for Hugh Grant, the second for Colin Firth. "I'd worked out whole films on those subjects, and then I thought, 'Oh, I don't want to do these because they are just turning out to be a shape I know,'" Curtis told Vulture. Andrew Lincoln wrote the Love Actually cards Emma Thompson holds up Barbie dolls, which are actually Ken dolls in drag. The film has been remade three times For Red Nose Day in 2017 the cast got back together for a short film called Red Nose Day Actually that revealed what had happened to all the main characters. "I would never have dreamt of writing a sequel to Love Actually, but I thought it might be fun to do 10 minutes to see what everyone is now up to," Curtis said when it was announced. Emma Thompson couldn't star as Alan Rickman sadly died in 2016. Curtis said he left their story out, out of respect for Rickman. How many times is 'actually' said in Love Actually? Actually is actually said 23 times in the film.