Emma Thompson: 'Too soon' to do Love Actually sequel after Alan Rickman's death

Thompson said it was the "right decision" not to revisit her character
Emma Thompson has spoken for the first time about why she isn't taking part in the upcoming Love Actually sequel.
A 10-minute film is currently being produced to raise money for Comic Relief.

Thompson appeared in the original 2003 film as the wife of Alan Rickman's character.
But in light of the actor's death last year, Thompson has said it would be "too sad" and "too soon" to revisit her character.

"Richard [Curtis, the writer] wrote to me and said 'darling we can't write anything for you because of Alan' and I said 'no of course, it would be sad, too sad'.

Alan Rickman died in January 2016
"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.

"We thought and thought but it just seemed wrong but to revisit the wonderful fun characters of Bill Nighy and Hugh Grant and Liam [Neeson] and all of that, that's fantastic but obviously what would he [Richard Curtis] have done?"

'Right decision'

Speaking about what might have happened to their characters Karen and Harry, whose marriage is rocked by Harry's affair with a colleague in Love Actually, Thompson added: "Both of them would be in therapy by now and I would be working on some kind of ward.
"It was absolutely the right decision."

The short sequel, which will be broadcast on BBC One on 24 March, has already begun filming.

Rowan Atkinson returns as the somewhat slow shop assistant Rufus
Rowan Atkinson, Liam Neeson and Thomas Brodie-Sangster (the now-not-so-little boy from the first film, who also stars in Game of Thrones) have been seen shooting their scenes.