Richard Curtis has finally married his partner Emma Freud after spending 33 years at the broadcaster, following two failed engagements.
The 66-year-old Love Actually and Notting Hill creator’s secret wedding was only revealed when Emma, 61, let the news slip on Saturday at the Cheltenham Literature Festival in Gloucestershire while interviewing actor Richard E Grant, 66.
Richard was also pictured at the event wearing a gold ring on his wedding finger, which guests said he continued to play with.
An onlooker told it The sun: ‘Emma confessed she was finally married while interviewing Richard E Grant. She said they had been married for four weeks.”
They added that it was clear she didn’t mean to say anything as she apparently put her finger to her lips and made a “funny noise that made everyone laugh” after saying she and Richard were married goods.
Just married! Richard Curtis has reportedly tied the knot with his partner of 33 years Emma Freud, after two failed proposals (pictured together in 2022)
Couple: The screenwriter, known for his great romantic comedies such as Love Actually and Notting Hill, has worked with presenter and director Emma Freud for more than three decades and shares four children together
The source said: ‘It’s not surprising, though, that Emma wanted to talk about it.
“They’ve been together for over 30 years, so it’s about time they got married.”
She might have tried to change the subject, but it was the talk of the festival.
Emma has proposed to Richard twice before, but neither attempt was successful as he refused the first time and slept the second time.
Richard also revealed at the festival that he would never include ‘fat’ jokes in his films again and regretted that they were not more diverse.
He made the admissions while being questioned on stage by his daughter Scarlett, 28, about criticism he had received over the years that the cast of his rom-coms was almost exclusively white.
Scarlett addressed the lack of diversity in his 1999 film ‘Notting Hill’, despite it being set in one of London’s most multicultural areas.
Richard said: “I wish I had been at the forefront. I think coming from a very undiverse school and a bunch of college friends, I held on to the feeling that I wouldn’t know how to write those parts.
Romance: According to reports, Emma, 61, opened up about her big day while interviewing Richard E Grant at the Cheltenham Literary Festival (pictured in 2018)
Lovebirds: Filmmaker Richard was also at the event and was pictured wearing a gold band on his wedding finger, which onlookers said made him ‘keep fiddling with it’ (pictured in 2019)
‘I think I was just stupid and wrong about that.
“I felt like me, my casting director and my producers, just weren’t looking outward.”
Ms Zellweger told British Vogue in 2016 how she never understood the fascination with Bridget Jones’ weight.
“Bridget is a completely normal weight and I’ve never understood why it’s so important,” she said. “No male actor would receive so much criticism if he did the same for a role.” In the film, the character is described as having a “bottom the size of Brazil.”
Curtis also spoke of his regret at not having a black character in Notting Hill and “not leading the way,” but that his work was never deliberately intended to cause harm.
But he defended himself by saying he had written a gay couple into the 1994 film Four Weddings and a Funeral.
Curtis said he felt “stupid and wrong” for thinking he couldn’t write about those parts because of his “very diverse school” and “bunch of college friends.”
He said, “I felt like me, my casting director and my producers, just weren’t looking outward.”
Curtis was born in Wellington, New Zealand, and had lived in Sweden and the Philippines before moving to Britain at the age of 11, where he was educated in Harrow. He subsequently obtained a first-class Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature from the University of Oxford.
Making a change: Richard also revealed at the festival that he would never include ‘fat’ jokes in his films again and regretted they weren’t more diverse after being quizzed on the subject by daughter Scarlett (pictured)
Changing times: Renée Zellweger’s character Bridget Jones’ weight was discussed in the 2001 hit film
Last November, he admitted that Love Actually’s lack of diversity now makes him feel “uneasy” and “a bit stupid” as he looks back on the film’s 20th anniversary.
Speaking to host Diane Sawyer for the ABC special The Laughter and Secrets of Love Actually: 20 Years Later, he said the 2003 Christmas classic is “outdated” in places.
“There are things you would change, but thank God society is changing. So my film is bound to feel old-fashioned at some points,” he said.
“I mean, there are things about the movie, you know, the lack of diversity makes me feel uncomfortable and a little stupid.”
Scarlett has previously spoken about the ‘long line of very unreliable men’ in her family, with relatives on her mother’s side marred by controversy and scandal.
Famous footsteps: Scarlett Curtis, 28, made her TV writing debut this year for the second series of Amazon Prime Video’s teen romance The Summer I Turned Pretty
Moving with the times: Curtis previously admitted that the lack of diversity of 2003 Christmas classic Love Actually now makes him feel ‘uncomfortable’ and ‘a bit stupid’
“There is a long line of very unreliable men in my family,” she said in an interview with the Daily telegram in 2019.
“That’s why I’m such a feminist and why I try to make up for the sins of the fathers.”
She told how the family avoided talking about her “sexist” great-great-grandfather Sigmund when she was growing up.
She said: ‘My grandad (Clement) had a very complicated relationship and we weren’t allowed to mention Sigmund because he was so obsessed with making it on his own. Mom wasn’t interested. As a child I actively avoided him.’