'We're like chalk and cheese... and we've AGED!': Martine McCutcheon talks about reprising Love Actually role with Hugh Grant for Comic Relief... as she praises his parenting skills 

It's been 14 years since her Love Actually character Natalie warmed the hearts of cinema lovers with the perpetual phrase 'thighs the size of big tree trunks'.

Now reprising her beloved role, Martine McCutcheon, 40, has opened up about reuniting with co-star Hugh Grant for the film's Comic Relief Red Nose Day special on March 24.

Speaking to Heat magazine, she admitted the 56-year-old actor - who reprises his role of the Prime Minister in the teaser - are complete opposites, yet they bring out the best in each other on set which makes for great takes.

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Happy: Martine McCutcheon has opened up about reuniting with Hugh Grant - who plays love interest Prime Minister David - for a Comic Relief Red Nose Day special on March 24

Happy: Martine McCutcheon has opened up about reuniting with Hugh Grant - who plays love interest Prime Minister David - for a Comic Relief Red Nose Day special on March 24

She explained: 'Me and Hugh are like chalk and cheese - that's what makes us work. He's nervous about dance scenes, where as I go, "Yeah!" and get stuck in. We bring the best out of each other.' 

Over 14 years since the first Richard Curtis offering, the Golden Globe winner revealed it's interesting to see how the original cast - including Chiwetel Ejiofor, Liam Neeson and Colin Firth - have matured in the time since they filmed the much-loved flick.

She added: 'Crikey, we don't! I could tell she's [Natalie] definitely matured. We've all gone through loads, so it's nice to see us all looking well. The only sad thing was that we didn't have Alan [Rickman]'.

Since filming the festive flick in the early noughties, Martine has become mother to two-year-old Rafferty while Hugh has become a doting parent to four.

Maturing: Over 14 years since the first Richard Curtis offering, the Golden Globe winner revealed it's interesting to see how the original cast have matured in the time since they filmed the much-loved flick

Maturing: Over 14 years since the first Richard Curtis offering, the Golden Globe winner revealed it's interesting to see how the original cast have matured in the time since they filmed the much-loved flick

Love: Since filming the festive flick in the early noughties, Martine has become mother to two-year-old Rafferty while Hugh has become a doting parent to four

Love: Since filming the festive flick in the early noughties, Martine has become mother to two-year-old Rafferty while Hugh has become a doting parent to four

The Loose Women panellist admitted Hugh - who welcomed four children from his relationships with Anna Eberstein and Tinglan Hong - doesn't need any parenting advice.

She joked: 'No! I think he's definitely good at that'. 

It was previously revealed that their characters - who enjoyed a romance in 2003's offering - are married in the reboot. 

Advice: The Loose Women panellist admitted Hugh - who welcomed four children from his relationships with Anna Eberstein and Tinglan Hong - doesn't need any parenting advice 

Advice: The Loose Women panellist admitted Hugh - who welcomed four children from his relationships with Anna Eberstein and Tinglan Hong - doesn't need any parenting advice 

Confirming the exciting fate however was the short's director Emma Freud - who shared a photo of Martine in front of the camera on her Twitter page with the caption: 'Our pm is still married. And she's still lovely. #rednosedayactually'.

Martine is reprising her character Natalie, who began as a junior member of the household staff at 10 Downing Street.

Having battled against their spark during the whole flick, the brunette went on to score a happy ending when she won the affections of the PM - with him visiting her home out in Wandsworth to declare his love.

Martine's candid admission comes after the first teaser of the upcoming Love Actually BBC Comic Relief special was released.

Actor Andrew Lincoln can be seen re-enacting the iconic scene as he encourages viewers to tune into the short movie spectacle later this month.

The now 43-year-old hunk stares directly at the camera as he holds up a series of cards, which reads: 'Hello, I just wanted to ask, without hope or agenda (and just because it's nearly Red Nose Day) that you'll join us for a very special reunion called Red Nose Day Actually on Friday 24th March BBC One...' 

Exciting! In the first teaser released for the upcoming Love Actually's BBC Comic Relief special, Andrew Lincoln can be seen re-enacting his iconic scene as he encourages viewers to tune in on 24th March

Exciting! In the first teaser released for the upcoming Love Actually's BBC Comic Relief special, Andrew Lincoln can be seen re-enacting his iconic scene as he encourages viewers to tune in later this month

He then switches to the last card which reads: 'Actually,' before breaking his brooding aura by cracking a huge smile. 

In the original movie, Keira's character Juliet is convinced her husband's pal Mark, (Lincoln), can't stand her, until she discovers the wedding video he made which features solely on her.

It's only then she realises he is actually in love with her. He later turns up her house with the cards, telling her: 'To me, you are perfect.' 

All loved up! In the original film, Andrew Lincoln turned up on Keira Knightley's doorstep with the sign reading: 'To Me, You Are Perfect'

Declaration of love: Hearts across the globe melted when Andrew turned up on Keira Knightley's doorstep in 2003 flick with the sign reading: 'To Me, You Are Perfect'

'Without hope or agenda': The now 43-year-old sported a more bearded appearance as he promoted the reboot 

'Without hope or agenda': The now 43-year-old sported a more bearded appearance as he promoted the reboot 

'Because it's nearly Red Nose Day': He let the cards do all the talking 

'Because it's nearly Red Nose Day': He let the cards do all the talking 

Excited: Fans are eagerly awaiting the new short film tying in with Comic Relief on BBC One

'Join us for a special reunion': Fans have been eagerly anticipating the special after it was announced last month 

They then kiss and he says, 'Enough now, that's enough now,' as he leaves her to get on with married life.

Keira was pictured filming Love Actually's Comic Relief for the first time on Wednesday with Chiwetel Ejiofor, [Peter] and Andrew.

The 31-year-old movie star was pictured filming with her onscreen husband AND his best friend, leading viewers to wonder how their story has developed. 

'Red Nose Day': The British hunk expertly recreates the scenario from 14 years ago as he relays his message 

'Red Nose Day': The British hunk expertly recreates the scenario from 14 years ago as he relays his message 

'Friday 24th March on BBC One': Andrew ensures to let everyone know the date 

'Friday 24th March on BBC One': Andrew ensures to let everyone know the date 

'Actually': He then breaks his brooding aura by cracking a huge smile

'Actually': He then breaks his brooding aura by cracking a huge smile

Someone got it wrong: In the original flick, Keira seems surprised after mistakenly believing that Andrew's character couldn't stand her 

Someone got it wrong: In the original flick, Keira seems surprised after mistakenly believing that Andrew's character couldn't stand her 

Standing on a London doorstep, Keira wore a cream jumper with the word: 'LOVE' emblazoned on the front as she looked as youthful as ever and Theory scarf print wide trousers. 

Andrew could be seen nearby during filming, wearing an oversized jacket by John Varvatos and sporting longer curly hair than before, while director Richard Curtis hovers close to him.

Emma Freud, who's married to director and writer Richard Curtis has been busy tweeting behind-the-scenes snaps from the set of the film, posting a snapshot of Kate Moss on set alongside the caption: 'Oh. What's SHE doing here?'

 

Wrong or right? After he shows her the sign, they kiss and he says, 'Enough now, that's enough now,' as he leaves her to get on with married life

Wrong or right? After he shows her the sign, they kiss and he says, 'Enough now, that's enough now,' as he leaves her to get on with married life

The sighting follows Richard Curtis's words during a recent interview with Susanna Reid on Good Morning Britain last week.

He said: 'Someone's died, someone's got lots of kids, someone's been voted out of office and voted back into office.' 

Also pictured filming during the last few weeks, were Hugh Grant and Martine McCutcheon, whose characters David and Natalie are now married.

During a break from filming, Hugh, who plays the Prime Minister told the camera: 'It's going very badly. I can't remember my lines or the character. Everyone hates me.'

'To me, you are perfect': Keira was pictured filming Love Actually's Comic Relief for the first time on Wednesday with Chiwetel Ejiofor, [Peter] and Andrew

'To me, you are perfect': Keira was pictured filming Love Actually's Comic Relief for the first time on Wednesday with Chiwetel Ejiofor, [Peter] and Andrew

They're actually still in love: In one still, Keira can be seen cuddling up to her husband Peter (Chiwetel) on the sofa... as they giggled during filming

They're actually still in love: In one still, Keira can be seen cuddling up to her husband Peter (Chiwetel) on the sofa... as they giggled during filming

Colin Firth, who plays Jamie, was spotted on the set of the eagerly awaited Love Actually sequel at the BBC Langham Place Piazza in central London last week.

And 64-year-old Liam Neeson, [Daniel] was pictured with his onscreen stepson Thomas Brodie-Sangster [Sam], who is now 26, filming in London's Southbank, along with Olivia Olsen, [Joanna].

Emma Thompson has ruled out a part in the Comic Relief special as she can find 'no comedy' since the death of her co-star, Alan Rickman.

She told PA: 'It's too soon. It's absolutely right because it's supposed to be for Comic Relief but there isn't much comic relief in the loss of our dear friend really only just over a year ago.' 

Reprising her role: Keira plays Juliet in the 2003 movie (right), who doesn't realise her husband's best friend is in love with her

Reprising her role: Keira plays Juliet in the 2003 movie (right), who doesn't realise her husband's best friend is in love with her

The best friend: Andrew [Mark] was pictured nearby during filming, wearing an oversized jacket by John Varvatos and sporting longer curly hair

The best friend: Andrew [Mark] was pictured nearby during filming, wearing an oversized jacket by John Varvatos and sporting longer curly hair

 

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