Written by Sara Bordon, December 16, 2015

It is one of our ultimate Christmas movies and now the truth about our favourite characters from Love Actually has been revealed!

While we fell in love wholeheartedly with the romantic comedy way back in 2003, there have always been a few questions that were left unanswered during the British flick.

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Well, our questions were well and truly answered when script writer Emma Freud, 53 – who also happens to be director Richard Curtis’s wife – live-tweeted during a midnight screening of the film in New York this week.

Posing the question that everyone has been thinking about for the last 12 years, a fan asked Emma, ‘Can u please explain outcome for Emma and Alan’s characters or must I remain eternally confused? I never did work that one out!’

Emma confirms that Karen and Harry (played by Emma Thompson and Alan Rickman) do in fact stay together, ‘but home isn’t as happy as it once was’.


In the film, the couple were rocked when Harry’s flirtatious secretary seduces him. But it was never revealed whether it had been a harmless flirtation or whether the on-screen colleagues actually had an affair.


A fan asked, ‘Did anyone ask if Harry ACTUALLY had an affair or was just tempted to? Alan Rickman villains r usually lovable but not this one!’

Sadly, Emma’s reply was all we needed to hate Harry for life. ‘DEFINITELY had an affair. i begged richard just to make it a flirtation, but no. the whole way,’ she tweeted.  

With these screen secrets revealed, we’ll HAVE to watch the movie one more time to let them sink in… not that we needed an excuse!

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