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Walberswick: Four Weddings and a Funeral writer Richard Curtis hints that a wedding to long-term partner Emma Freud could be on the cards

08:27 12 April 2014

Director Richard Curtis and his wife Emma Freud arrive at the premiere of About Time at Somerset House in London.

Director Richard Curtis and his wife Emma Freud arrive at the premiere of About Time at Somerset House in London.


The writer of the hit film Four Weddings and a Funeral has hinted he may have a wedding of his own on the horizon.

Richard Curtis, who has four children with his partner Emma Freud and who have a home in Walberswick, said he wrote the film as “an attempt to explain to my mother why I wasn’t getting married”.

He told Radio 4’s The Reunion: “I have to say it didn’t work. She was still very unhappy with the situation for the next 15 years, although do you know I’m thinking about it. I think I might.”

The team behind the romantic comedy told the show’s host, Sue MacGregor, they had used real-life aristocrats as extras to save money while making the hit film.

The low-budget production became one of the most successful British films of all time, taking an estimated 250million US dollars (£150m ) at the box office.

Producer Duncan Kenworthy said the posh extras were brought in because they would work for a small payment and did not need costumes.

He said: “At the second wedding we had a what I called an aristocracy co-ordinator Amber Rudd, who is now an MP, and she knew a lot of dukes and earls.

“I swear that I said at the time ‘you can look across the room and actually pick out the real aristocrats’ so they gave us the authenticity, but, number two, they all owned their own morning suits so we saved on the Moss Bros aspect of the budget”.

Mr Kenworthy also recited a list of “big names” that were considered for the part which was eventually played by Andie MacDowell in the film, including Julianne Moore, Rosanna Arquette and Sex and the City’s Sarah Jessica Parker.


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