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The Love Actually sequel finally aired last night - here's what happened to all the characters

Red Nose Day, Actually.

YESTERDAY WAS RED Nose Day, meaning the long-awaited sequel to the 2003 classic Love Actually finally hit our screens.

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The film’s director Richard Curtis brought back a sizeable portion of the cast for the ten-minute short, which showed how all the characters are doing in the present day.

If you didn’t catch it last night, here’s all that went down – as always, if you don’t want spoilers, do not progress past this gif.

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It began with Mark (Andrew Lincoln) turning up on Juliet’s (Keira Knightley) doorstep again

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Ah Mark. Are you not over it? As it turns out, he is… because he’s married to supermodel Kate Moss. He just wanted to let Juliet know. Petty much?

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David (Hugh Grant) is Prime Minister once more, and dances to Hotline Bling

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You will remember that in the original it was Jump by the Pointer Sisters. But OF COURSE it’s Hotline Bling this time.

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Martine McCutcheon pops up again as Natalie, and it appears that she and David are still very much together.

Billy Mack (Bill Nighy) has slept with a Kardashian, but lost his manager

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This was a bit of a curveball – in a radio interview, Billy brags of bedding a Kardashian (he doesn’t know which one, however) and reveals that the long-suffering Joe died of a heart attack. Rude, Richard Curtis.

Jamie (Colin Firth) and Aurélia (Lúcia Moniz) are married with three cute kids

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He’s still wearing a woolly turtleneck, and his Portuguese is still terrible. At the end of their segment, Aurélia reveals she’s pregnant with their fourth child.

Sam (Thomas Brodie-Sangster) and Joanna (Olivia Olson) are very serious about each other

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They reconnected in New York in the years since the first film, and returned home to London so Joanna could ask Daniel (Liam Neeson) for Sam’s hand in marriage. N’yaww.

And Rufus (Rowan Atkinson) now works in a Sainsburys

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Where his instincts for gift wrapping aren’t quite as welcome, unfortunately.

The short ended with David (Hugh Grant) making a speech that has become quite poignant after the week’s events:

Whenever you see tragedy, you see bravery. Whenever you see ordinary people in need, you see extraordinary ordinary people come to their aid. Most people, every day, everywhere, still have enough love in their hearts to help human beings in trouble. Good is going to win, I’m actually sure of it.

Love Actually fans were DELIGHTED by the whole thing:

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Just the pick-me-up we all needed. Thanks, gang!

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