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The 7 best couples from Richard Curtis movies

Are you into the Englishman’s famous rom-coms? Then you’ll remember some of these couples.

WE ALL LOVE a good rom-com – whether we choose to admit it or not.

One thing is for certain, the couple at the centre of the story make the film. We need to love the two people in the story as much as they love each other. Otherwise, we just wouldn’t care about what happens to the characters – and where’s the romance in that?

Another rom-com essential is having director and writer Richard Curtis at the helm. So it stands to reason that Richard Curtis has the best rom-com couples going. (And no, we don’t mean Baldrick and Blackadder!)

Here are our top picks.

Charles and Carrie

Who could forget Hugh Grant’s bumbling Charles and the sultry American Carrie, played by Andie McDowell? Their romance was more like a comedy of errors, but it all came together in the end – courtesy of some smooth crooning from Wet Wet Wet.

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Love Actually

Since Love Actually follows about 10 interweaving plot strands, it has a huge selection of memorable couples to choose from – the loved-up, the breaking up, the happy, the sad.

Juliet and Mark are the tragic pair – with Mark in love with his best friend’s new wife. They can never be together, but that makes their silent moment at the doorway extra special and bittersweet.

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Jamie and Aurelia are separated by a language barrier – with each of them secretly learning the other’s language in secret in order to communicate. D’aww.

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And of course, the toe-curlingly cute David and Natalie. David is the uptight Prime Minister, played by Hugh Grant, and Natalie is his salt of the earth assistant.

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Will Thacker and Anna Scott

Notting Hill. Yet another Hugh Grant and Richard Curtis marriage of minds – this time with megastar Julia Roberts in the mix. What would you do if a famous Hollywood actress landed on your lap? Well, mess it all up while stammering, if you’re Hugh Grant.

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Bridget Jones and Mark Darcy

Would you believe it? Though he doesn’t play the leading man – leaving that up to the dashing Colin Firth – but this is yet another outing for Richard Curtis and Hugh Grant. This time he plays the bad boy rake, messing with our Bridget’s fragile heart.

Luckily Mark Darcy is to the rescue.

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About Time

And we’ve saved what might just be the best for last – Tim and Mary, from the forthcoming movie About Time. This movie promises to be one full of romance, comedy and a little bit of magic – with Ireland’s own Domhnall Gleeson having the ability to travel through time, but still mess up his relationship with co-star Rachel McAdam.


No one does romance like Richard Curtis. Join him on his latest love story, alongside Rachel McAdam, Domhnall Gleeson and Bill Nighy, for a tale of time travel, butterflies and the butterfly effect. In cinemas Wednesday 4th September, 2013.

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