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“His family is like The Waltons of Chelsea!” Martine McCutcheon makes fun of Hugh Grant

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Martine McCutcheon has playfully poked fun at her former Love Actually co-star Hugh Grant, calling his family The Waltons of Chelsea.

The talented actress, 45, couldn’t contain her laughter as she spoke exclusively to MailOnline.

“It’s so beautiful to see him happy, content and settled as a father,” she said of her longtime boyfriend, 61.

“His family is like The Waltons of Chelsea…there are so many kids!” Martine McCutcheon has playfully poked fun at her former Love Actually co-star Hugh Grant (pictured in character for Red Nose Day Actually)

The original Waltons: The actress put a Sloaney twist on the fictional working-class family that fought the Great Depression and World War II in the hit 1970s TV series (pictured in the 1970s)

The original Waltons: The actress put a Sloaney twist on the fictional working-class family that fought the Great Depression and World War II in the hit 1970s TV series (pictured in the 1970s)

It wasn’t long before she added, “His family is like The Waltons of Chelsea…there are so many kids!” before bursting out laughing.

Hugh shares Tabitha, ten, and John, nine, with his ex-girlfriend Tinglan Hong, 50, and Felix, eight, from his current marriage to Anna Eberstein, 42.

He worked with Martine, alongside a very star-studded lineup, on the rom-com in 2003 – and the pair have remained close friends ever since.

Loved up: Hugh shares Tabitha, ten, and John, nine, with ex-girlfriend Tinglan Hong, 50, and Felix, eight, from his current marriage to Anna Eberstein, 42 (pictured in 2019 with Anna)

Loved up: Hugh shares Tabitha, ten, and John, nine, with ex-girlfriend Tinglan Hong, 50, and Felix, eight, from his current marriage to Anna Eberstein, 42 (pictured in 2019 with Anna)

Love Actually: Martine played a No. 10 tea lady, Natalie, who caught the eye of the Prime Minister, David, played by Hugh in the iconic Christmas-themed movie

Love Actually: Martine played a No. 10 tea lady, Natalie, who caught the eye of the Prime Minister, David, played by Hugh in the iconic Christmas-themed movie

‘I’d love to have any excuse – any actress would want to work with Hugh again, to work with Richard’ [Curtis] again and Bill [Nighy], and Colin Firth is just amazing,” she said.

Martine played a No. 10 tea lady, Natalie, who caught the eye of the Prime Minister, David, played by Hugh in the iconic Christmas-themed movie.

The former EastEnders star, who took on her career-defining role at the age of 27, shared how Emma Thompson acted as her greatest mentor on set, adding that the pair would be having lunch in the Martine trailer.

“Emma was like a mentor to me when I was there. She came in and had lunch in my caravan. She made me feel like I belonged there and had every right to be there.

Beaming: The talented actress, 45, couldn't hold back her laughter as she spoke exclusively to MailOnline (pictured in 2021)

Beaming: The talented actress, 45, couldn’t hold back her laughter as she spoke exclusively to MailOnline (pictured in 2021)

“I could tell her all my insecurities, all my fears, everything I was worried about from a human perspective and a technical perspective, she was just brilliant.

“I was like a sponge soaking it all in, I think I’ve asked her every question under the sun,” she joked.

The NTA winner added that she was initially afraid of being “kicked for not being good enough,” but her well-versed cast members soon made her feel “at home.”

“There were such big stars, so there was no ego. Everyone had earned their stripes, they were all very graceful,” she said.

Martine said: 'I'd love to have any excuse - any actress would want to work with Hugh again, to work with Richard [Curtis] again and Bill [Nighy], and Colin Firth is just amazing,

Throwback: Bill Nighy starring while filming Love Actually in 2003

Martine said: ‘I’d love to have any excuse – any actress would want to work with Hugh again, to work with Richard [Curtis] again and Bill [Nighy], and Colin Firth is just amazing,” she said (photo Colin, left, and Bill, right, in-character in 2003)

The former EastEnders star shared how Emma Thompson acted as her biggest mentor on set, saying the pair would be having lunch in the Martine trailer (pictured in-

Friendly: The former EastEnders star shared how Emma Thompson acted as her biggest mentor on set, adding that the pair would be having lunch in Martine’s trailer (pictured in character in 2003)

“I really thought, ‘Maybe I’m good on the small screen, but the big screen is something else entirely,’ and ‘Be careful what you wish for, because here you are and now you have to get the goods.’

“I was petrified, absolutely petrified. I’ve always had imposter syndrome, the feeling that I was going to be kicked out or that I didn’t fit in or that I wasn’t chic enough or I wasn’t the right background or whatever,” the Hackney-born star admitted. .

Martine is working with Flora ProActiv during the National Cholesterol Month.

After her grandmother passed away following a battle with the condition, Martine’s mother Jenny decided to test herself after experiencing fatigue along with her aunt – despite not having any symptoms.

When their tests both came back positive, they managed to turn things around with a healthy diet and regular exercise.

About how easy it is to test yourself, Martine says: ‘I think people are put off because they think they need to go to the GP, but you can literally get a finger prick test yourself at the pharmacy.

“It’s so good for your health to find out early, because then you learn to deal with it and you can nip it in the bud. If there’s something you can control and turn around, why not do it?

“Because of what happened, we’ve always had Flora in the fridge since I was a little girl, for as long as I can remember.

‘Flora ProActiv with the plant sterols has been proven to lower cholesterol, so it’s a good idea for me. I want to help people change something with this’, she concluded.

Visit www.pro-activ.com to download your free cholesterol-lowering guide.

Safety first: After her grandmother passed away following a battle with the condition, Martine's mother Jenny (pictured in 2021, left) decided to test herself after experiencing fatigue along with her aunt - despite not having any symptoms

Safety first: After her grandmother passed away following a battle with the condition, Martine’s mother Jenny (pictured in 2021, left) decided to test herself after experiencing fatigue along with her aunt – despite not having any symptoms

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