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Love Actually 2: Andrew Lincoln fans make Comic Relief Pilgrimage

Release Date: 24 Mar 2017

Barnardo’s ambassador and actor Andrew Lincoln is back tonight (March 24) in a long-awaited sequel to ‘Love, Actually’ for Comic Relief and his diehard fans Team Andy Lincoln are very excited.

Called ‘Red Nose Day Actually’ the 10 minute film will be screened on the BBC and sees him reprise his 2003 as lovesick Mark and – spoiler alert – he is still in love with Keira Knightley's Juliet.

After hearing news of the sequel, members of Team Andy Lincoln from the USA flew to London with their Comic Relief red noses in hand and visited two locations from the original film.

Barnardo's ambassador Andrew Lincoln with his 'Team Andy Lincoln' supporters

Their first stop was St Luke’s Mews in Notting Hill where Andrew Lincoln filmed the famous cue cards scene in the first film – and where his sequel scenes are believed to have been shot.

They then posed with their red noses on at the bench at Gabriel’s Wharf where in the first film Liam Neeson's character has a conversation with his son and finds out the boy is in love.

They were sponsored to visit the sites and this fundraising effort managed to raise £610 for the children’s charity Barnardo’s.

The team’s project manager Lisa Williams, from New York, said:

The team is always looking for new and fun ideas for fundraisers and were delighted to hear Andrew would be participating in Red Nose Day revisiting his character Mark.

Andrew also contributed to the effort directly, taking a picture with team members at the Walker Stalker Convention at Olympia earlier this month.

Walker Stalker conventions are where Team Andy Lincoln makes a lot of its money for Barnardo’s by selling t-shirts and raffling The Walking Dead memorabilia as they love him as the sheriff’s deputy Rick Grimes in the hit show.

The group, with members from as far afield as Australia and the Philippines has raised more than £24,000.

Andrew said:

I’m so grateful to all my fans where ever they are in the world for supporting me.

But I have to say a really special ‘thank you’ to those amazing fans in ‘Team Andy Lincoln’.

They’ve decided to raise funds for Barnardo’s children’s charity which I’ve supported for several years.

I couldn’t believe it when I saw they’ve raised more than £24,000 to enable Barnardo’s to support these vulnerable children, some of whom have been sexually exploited, are leaving care, or have mental health issues.

Their fantastic fundraising efforts will help this leading UK charity continue its vital work, giving children a brighter and more fulfilling future.

As an ambassador for the charity I’ve been lucky enough to see first-hand the work it does making a difference in youngster’s lives and this is thanks to people like those in ‘Team Andy Lincoln’. So a really big heart felt ‘thank you’ from me.


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