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Martine and Richard tea off in London

March 27, 2006
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Movie fans who saw the film Love Actually are unlikely to have forgotten Martine McCutcheon's turn as the mishap-prone tea lady Natalie, who is left red-faced after cursing in front of the prime minister. Fortunately there were no such blunders on Monday afternoon, when she met up with another quintessentially English gent - Richard E Grant - at the Creative Tea Party in London's upmarket Claridges hotel.

The two performers were obviously enjoying the chance to indulge in one of the UK's best-known traditions, laughing and joking warmly with one another as they tucked into warm scones and a fresh brew. The get-together was staged to promote the Young People's Arts Awards, which have been set up to help foster new talents all over the UK.

As a veteran of both screen and theatre work, Martine already has quite a bit of experience in the entertainment industry. And she even got the chance to serve Britain's real prime minister a cuppa when she paid a visit to 10 Downing Street recently.

Tony Blair, who is currently visiting Australia, confessed he got quite a surprise when the pretty actress walked into his office with the hot beverage in her hand. After having a chat with the Labour leader, Martine took a tour of the building and checked out the staircase where Hugh Grant, who played the UK's number one politician in the flick, famously danced to The Pointer Sisters hit Jump For My Love.

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In Love Actually Martine had to serve the tea, but on Monday she was happy to be waited on by the staff of one of London's top hotelsPhoto: © EMPICS
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The two actors share a joke at the Creative Tea Party. The new awards scheme, which is being organised by the Arts Council, will support budding talents all around BritainPhoto: © EMPICS

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