Hurrah! The festive season is here, which means it's finally time to drink copious amounts of mulled wine and watch Love Actually on repeat. Thankfully, Netflix has got our backs and is adding the film to the playlist from 14th December. Exciting.

As we look forward to enjoying our festive favourite, we started reflecting on one of the iconic scenes in the film, during which Rowan Atkinson's character takes a million years to wrap up the jewellery for Alan Rickman (Harry). Here's a reminder...

Credit: Universal Pictures

Obviously, Harry wants the jewellery to be wrapped and hidden before his wife Karen (Emma Thompson) comes back, because of course it sadly isn't for her. Naughty Harry.

During the scene, it seems as though Rowan Atkinson is being a real pain in the a*se, preening the wrapping to perfection. It really does look like he's just being a bit annoying.

However, it turns out there was a very real reason behind why he was so slow in wrapping the gift.

Credit: Universal

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According to Emma Freud, the script editor, Rowan's character was deliberately obstructive to stop Harry from being able to buy the necklace!

On Twitter she wrote: "Originally Rowan's character over-wrapped the gift on purpose to stop Alan rickman being able to buy the necklace. Because he was an angel." Interesting!

So Rowan was trying to deliver Harry from temptation, for thy has the power, the kingdom and the glory. Anyway, it's probably a good reason he did manage to buy the gift, as otherwise Karen would never have discovered the affair, and she deserved to know, surely?

Emma Rosemurgey

Emma Rosemurgey is an NCTJ trained Junior Journalist at PRETTY52. She graduated from the University of Central Lancashire in Preston and started her career in regional newspapers before joining the team in 2017. Contact her on

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