Love Actually Writer Unwraps Film’s Biggest Mystery

Love Actually Writer Unwraps Film's Biggest Mystery
James Graham


Dec 15, 2015

Now, with the inevitable summer TV recycling upon us, script editor Emma Freud has finally set the record straight – yes, Karen, played by Emma Thompson, and husband Harry (Alan Rickman) do stay together after she discovers he’s having an affair with his secretary Mia (Heike Makatsch).

The penny drops for Karen after she gets a Joni Mitchell CD for Christmas instead of the gold necklace she accidentally finds in Harry’s jacket pocket.

Love Actually Writer Unwraps Film's Biggest Mystery

But after a confrontation and much Joni-infused soul-searching, the movie’s ending throws us for six.

“Good to have you back,” Karen tells Harry with a half-hearted smile at the airport.

Cue more than a decade of debate and confusion for a legion of fans…until now!

“They stay together but home isn’t as happy as it once was,” tweets script editor Emma Freud in response to a fan’s question.

Love Actually Writer Unwraps Film's Biggest Mystery

Emma, the great-granddaughter of psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud and partner of the film’s writer/director, New Zealand-born Richard Curtis, also confirmed that it was a full-on affair.

“I begged Richard just to make it a flirtation, but no. The whole way.”

Emma and Richard were at a midnight screening of Love Actually in New York as she went on a tweeting spree, unwrapping gem after film gem, including a few of our favourites below:

“Remember the housekeeper in the ‘Hugh Grant arriving at Downing Street line-up?’ That was my mum. And still is.”

Love Actually Writer Unwraps Film's Biggest Mystery

“He [Rowan Atkinson] was meant to be an angel but we cut that bit in the edit. Thank goodness.”

“Originally Rowan’s character over-wrapped the gift on purpose to stop Alan Rickman being able to buy the necklace. Because he was an angel.”

“Joni Mitchell. Help. Still hurts. Sat on the floor watching her do that scene — seven takes. Crying every time. Goddess.”ay.”

“Richard (Curtis) only called Colin Firth’s character ‘Jamie’ so the kids could say, ‘I hate uncle Jamie’. His brother is called Jamie.”

Love Actually Writer Unwraps Film's Biggest Mystery

“When the children sing at the school concert. My daughter is the second lobster! The. Second. Lobster. My. Daughter.”

“I ‘designed’ the kiss between Colin Firth and the Portuguese girl. My signature move? His thumb on her lip before they snog.”

“In the original edit, Sam did amazing parkour all through the airport when he ran to find his girlfriend.”

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By James Graham


With over 20 years as a journalist and TV producer, James Graham has a wealth of experience covering the full media spectrum. James has a formidable reputation as a talented media veteran and worked as a reporter, script writer and as the producer of the TV documentary The Road To Athens. He has worked across newspapers, radio and the biggest flagship magazine brands in Australia and New Zealand. Previously, James was the News Director at Woman's Day and New Idea. Whether filing celebrity exclusives, or some of the biggest real-life splashes of recent years, James’ career has always been at the frontline of mainstream media. When not writing, you’ll find him at Royal Randwick, his beloved Long Reef Golf Club on the Northern Beaches – or visiting his mum in his native New Zealand.


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