Joanna Page and Emma Thompson’s awkward toilet meeting: ‘I’ve only done a wee!’

Page features on this morning’s episode of Love Your Weekend with Alan Titchmarsh on ITV at 10am. The show, hosted by one of the nation’s favourite gardeners, celebrates all that is great about the British countryside, arts, manufacturing and produce. Page will join Titchmarsh at Manor Farm to discuss celebrating the nation’s pets, while Countryfile presenter Matt Baker will talk about farming life.

Carpenter Wayne Perrey will also make an appearance, giving viewers a step-by-step guide to making window boxes.

Page became one of the nation’s most recognisable actors after her role as Stacey in BBC sitcom Gavin and Stacey. 

The show, which propelled the likes of James Corden to international acclaim, revolved around the passionate and often hilarious love affair between Gavin, from Billericay in Essex, and Stacey, from Barry in South Wales.

However, five years before Gavin and Stacey was first broadcast, Joanna starred in the much-adored Christmas film Love Actually, alongside the likes of Hugh Grant, Keira Knightley and Thompson. 

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Page revealed in an unearthed interview that she was caught in an awkward toilet interaction with Thompson while filming the Christmas classic.

She told Fabulous Magazine in November last year: “Emma Thompson, she’s left me feeling quite ‘oh my goodness’ because I think she’s so amazing.

“And after the [Love Actually] read through I went to the toilet and walked out and the chain didn’t flush.

“And as I walked out Emma Thompson was walking in.

When asked who her celebrity crush was, Page said: “Hugh Grant.

“I’d basically grown up with Four Weddings and he was really, really gorgeous and really, really lovely.

“He did leave me feeling quite breathless.”

She added: “Well, I’ve met him twice actually when we did Love Actually.

“I remember getting to the read-through of that and oh my God it was like Liam Neeson, Hugh Grant, everybody who was in it all around the table. 

“I was sitting there and I was absolutely terrified.”

Almost all of Page’s scenes in the film were alongside Martin Freeman, with the pair playing porn actors John and Judy. 

Freeman, who at the time had featured as Tim Canterbury in The Office, was performing in only his third feature-length project since launching his career in 1997.

He has, of course, gone on to play Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit series and Dr John Watson in the BBC’s Sherlock.

Watch Love Your Weekend with Alan Titchmarsh at 10am on ITV.

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