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Richard Curtis (born November 8, 1956), a British comedy scriptwriter, is best known for the TV series Blackadder and The Vicar of Dibley and the movies Four Weddings and a Funeral and Notting Hill. In 2003, he directed Love Actually, his first outing as a director.
He was the co-writer with Philip Pope of the Hee Bee Gee Bees' single "Meaningless Songs" (B-side "Posing in the Moonlight") released in 1980 to parody the style of a series of Bee Gees disco hits. Curtis later moved into the TV and film industries with a continuing gift for comedy.
Richard Curtis is married to broadcaster Emma Freud, with whom he has two sons and a daughter.
He is also the co-founder of the charity, Comic Relief.
In much of his writing, there appears a character named Bernard; examples include the eponymous hero in Bernard and the Genie (1991), Nursy in Blackadder the Second, the second groom in Four Weddings and a Funeral, and a minor character in Bridget Jones' Diary . A "Bernie" appears in Notting Hill and Love Actually. The tradition stems from Curtis' time at college, when his then-girlfriend left him for Bernard Jenkin, who later became a British MP. The Bernards are generally mild, mocking caricatures, or in the case of Nursy, female.
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