Patrick Dempsey Joins ‘Love Actually’ Follow-Up For Red Nose Day
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Patrick Dempsey Joins ‘Love Actually’ Follow-Up For Red Nose Day


If that Grey’s Anatomy Season 11 finale made your heart cold and cynical — Derek’s death marking the end of the McDream — just remember what the Prime Minister says. Love actually is all around.

Yes, Patrick Dempsey will appear in the Love Actually follow-up when it airs on NBC later this month, and he’ll play a prominent role in one original character’s love story.

We movie fans in the United States have been eagerly awaiting the holiday film’s mini-sequel for weeks now — ever since it aired in the United Kingdom for the Red Nose Day charity fundraiser in March.

Now that it’s crossing the pond and airing stateside on May 25, however, writer-director Richard Curtis is making our wait worthwhile and adding new scenes and new characters, Patrick’s included.

Entertainment Weekly reports the 51-year-old will appear alongside Laura Linney, which means his character interacts with Sarah, her character from the 2003 film.

In case you haven’t seen the original — what, are you a Grinch? — Sarah nearly gets her happily-ever-after with her work crush, Karl, but has to ditch their date when her mentally-ill brother calls.

This 10-minute follow-up also reunites the Grey’s Anatomy alum with Colin Firth, with whom he starred in last year’s Bridget Jones’ Baby.

Seems like now that he’s done with Grey’s, Patrick’s second act is joining beloved British rom-com franchises!

Hugh Grant, who opted out of that Bridget Jones threequel, is also back for Red Nose Actually — as are Rowan Atkinson, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Keira Knightley, Andrew Lincoln, Liam Neeson and Bill Nighy.

Emma Thompson, meanwhile, declined to return — since her Love Actually love, Alan Rickman, passed away last year.

Even without Patrick’s involvement, the short film wowed reviewers when it aired in the UK two months ago.

The Daily Beast called it a “showstopping grand finale” to the Red Nose Day special, and The Telegraph gave it four stars and said it was “winningly nostalgic and a triumphant return.”

Patrick is already promoting his involvement in the follow-up, showing off his renowned juggling skills as he keeps three red noses aloft. Well… kind of aloft, actually.

The Red Nose Day Special airs Thursday, May 25, at 10 p.m. ET on NBC.