Is love, actually, still all around us?
On Thursday night, NBC aired a 10-minute follow-up to the loved 2003 Christmas film, Love Actually.
It was part of Red Nose Day, an annual fundraising event/telethon focused on child poverty and it updated fans of this beloved romantic comedy on the statuses of their favorite characters.
This unique Love Actually mini-sequel was written and directed by Richard Curtis – and it brought back Keira Knightley, Liam Neeson, Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Laura Linney and Bill Nighy in their original roles.
Pretty cool, right?
It seems like these cast members are as attached to the original movie as the millions of fans around the globe who watch it again (and again) every year around the holidays.
So… what is everyone up to all these years later?
Who is married? Who is single? Who is still dancing and making inspirational speeches?
Scroll down to find out!
Juliet, Peter and Mark
The latter is still revealing more cue cards to his best friend’s wife than he likely should, but he appears to have moved on (with a beard, no less).
How does one get past Keira Knightley? By marrying supermodel Kate Moss, who appeared as herself in the role of Mark’s wife.
The singer is still trying to create that classic Christmas song, this time coming right out and singing “Give Me All Your Money.”
Sadly, he’s doing it on his own, however, because his manager, Joe (Gregor Fisher), died from a massive heart attack.
In more positive news, Mack upgraded his “best shag” to a Kardashian… although he’s not sure which one. (Sorry, Britney Spears.)
Still working in retail. Still taking his gift wrapping VERY seriously.
Prime Minister David
He’s somehow still in office and he’s also still dancing, this time to Drake’s “Hotline Bling,” after which he throws out his back.
But David is still with Natalie and he still knows how to motivate a nation.
“Wherever you see tragedy, you see bravery too,” he says in a climactic, meta speech, adding:
“Wherever you see ordinary people in need, you see extraordinary people come to their aid. Today’s Red Nose Day and people are giving cash to people they will never meet, but whose pain and fear they feel and want to fight. So, it’s not just romantic love that is all around.
“Most people still, every day, everywhere have enough love in their hearts to help human beings in trouble.
“Good is going to win. I’m actually sure of it.”
Jamie and Aurelia
They remain together, despite a language barrier. They also share three kids and Jamie learns, via a big surprise, that a fourth child is on the way. This all leaves him typically frazzled.
Things didn’t work out with Karl (we never liked him anyway), but don’t cry for Sarah. She’s apparently with Patrick Dempsey. Nice rebound!
Daniel, Sam and Joanna
Sam is still confiding in his stepfather and still pondering life’s biggest issues. He realizes after all this time that he’s still in love with Joanna.
The two childhood crushes reconnected while Sam had been living in New York City and the beautiful songstress came all the way to London to ask Daniel’s permission to marry his stepson. AWWWW!
In the end, tears are shed and laughter is shared.
But while we’ll forever argue that Love Actually is the best Christmas movie in cinematic history, David actually doesn’t agree.
When asked at the end of this sequel for his answer to that question, he tells a reporter:
“Don’t be stupid. Everyone knows its Elf.”