Love Actually: We now (finally) know what happened with Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson’s Harry and Karen

Director Richard Curtis' partner reveals all during midnight screening of the Christmas film

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From It’s a Wonderful Life to one of the many adaptations of A Christmas Carol, all the festive films are back in cinemas for December, including modern classic Love Actually.

On Saturday night, script writer and broadcaster Emma Freud – who also happens to be director Richard Curtis’s wife - attended a midnight screening of the iconic film with her family. 

While watching, she decided to live-Tweet the experience, revealing a whole lot about the film we never knew.

One of the mysteries finally answered was what happens to Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson’s characters after the film finished. 

Their story centres on Rickman’s Harry as he fools around with his secretary Mia (Heike Makatsch). Remember, he buys Mia an expensive necklace which Karen (Thompson) discovers. 

She thinks it’s for her only for – on Christmas Day – to be given a Joni Mitchell CD by Harry which subsequently leads to one of the most tearjerking scenes in cinematic history. 

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It gets all emotional, he’s really sorry, and we see the pair heading home at the end of the film, with no one knowing whether they’re still together or not. 

Luckily, one keen fan asked what happened to the pair: “They stay together but home isn't as happy as it once was.”

Hmm... Did we really want them to stay together? No, we did not. Other bits of information tweeted out include that Martin Freeman wore a “little sock” while doing the fake sex scenes in the film, and Curtis hasn’t seen the film since its premier.

In recent Love Actually news – of which there has actually been some –a deleted lesbian love scene started doing the rounds online.

People have also been theorising that Daniel (Liam Neeson) was in love with Karen, not just her best friend.

If you haven't already, you should probably start to think about getting the family round and dusting off that old DVD.