Singer and actor Martine McCutcheon rose to fame on EastEnders in the 90s, but it was the 2003 hit Love Actually that cemented her in the hearts of the nation – and made us see her on our screens every Christmas.
But Martine has revealed that the rest of us will be sitting somewhere this month to watch the modern Christmas classic, but she won’t.
Martine said she doesn’t like seeing herself on screen, so can’t enjoy Love Actually with the rest of us.
She said, “I am so proud to be a part of Love Actually and it means the world that it has become a Christmas tradition for so many families, but I have a hard time seeing myself on the screen so I can’t honestly say I sit and look at it!
“I absolutely love the classics, especially Elf and Miracle at 34 th It is so special to see that with my son that the ending touches me every time. ”
In the film, Martine can be seen as the secretary of Downing Street. But she says she’s glad she wasn’t close to the prime minister this holiday season.
Martine said, “Oh no, don’t think I could have seen Downing Street this year! The Prime Minister has an impossible task at the moment, but I would encourage him to resolve this situation as soon as possible and of course provide him with his favorite cookies! “
Instead of the Christmas classic, Martine is watching I’m A Celebrity this year – with two other EastEnders actors.
While Jess Plummer was voted out this week, Shane Richie was still on his way to the final.
Martine said, “I’ve watched it every now and then and I think it’s really, really entertaining! I laughed a lot! Shane is doing a great job and of course I’ll always be rooting for anyone dealing with Eastenders, as it always will have. a special place in my heart. “
And there’s no chance Martine will show up in the castle – or the jungle – next year, she added, “I absolutely love watching the shows, but I think I’d miss my comfort too much!”
So without Love Actually, or a stint in camp, what’s Martine going to be up to this Christmas?
She said, “Normally we have everyone to ours, obviously this year will be something different. Hopefully we can have our close relatives with us.
“I imagine there will be a lot of Zoom phone calls with the extended family. We’ll have a full breakfast with a glass of bubbly – it’s kind of like that old Morecambe and Wise kitchen scene in our house on Christmas morning!
“Then the day will be all the usual fun, games and presents. It’s always my favorite time of the year.”
And Martine is looking forward to a return to normalcy in 2021, she said: “2020 has certainly had its tough times. However, I am very blessed… People need entertainment more than ever.
“I think it’s a much needed escape and I’m so proud of everyone in the industry for being so resourceful and finding new ways to provide it. As a result, I’ve been really busy, but I also absolutely love on the precious time I’ve had with my husband and son in lockdown.
“It is a time when we will never come back and going back to basics can be a blessing in many ways. Of course I miss normalcy, and can’t wait to be able to hug friends and family again!”
Jess spoke as she launched a new ‘Greetings Gram’ service designed to spread the Christmas cheer among friends and families who cannot meet in person.
Inspired by the hit Christmas movie Love Actually, the new greeting service lets fans of the movie send a free, personalized message to their loved one’s door.
The festive greeting is successively printed on large cards and performed in a socially detached manner by a friendly messenger at the recipient’s door.
Launched to celebrate NOW TV’s new Christmas movie season, the bookable service will be available in London, Manchester and Birmingham and is subject to availability.
Members of the public can register at www.greetingsgram.nowtv.com to send friends or family a Christmas message to remember.
Martine said, “I think I would love to send a Greetings Gram to one of my best friends Jayne who lives up North. Normally I visit her all year round and I really miss her so this would be perfect. “