Richard Curtis’ daughter Scarlett has penned a sweet birthday tribute to mark his 67th birthday.
The feminist writer, 28, who is the daughter of Richard and Emma Freud, took to Instagram on Wednesday to write a birthday message for her father, 67.
She shared an adorable throwback snap of herself as a young child looking tearful as she cuddled up to her father.
In an accompanying caption, Scarlett gushed over her ‘first best friend’ and thanked him for always indulging in her love for Taylor Swift.
She revealed that she often sends him long pages of her favourite of Taylor’s lyrics and shared a picture showing the in-depth messages she sends him.
Gushing: Richard Curtis ‘ daughter Scarlett (pictured in July 2018) has penned a sweet birthday tribute to mark his 67th birthday
Adorable: She shared an adorable throwback snap of herself as a young child looking tearful as she cuddled up to her father
She wrote: ‘Happy birthday to my first best friend – the man who has been holding me while I cry for 28 years and counting.
‘Thank you for pretending I’m not insane when I send you a 10 page email at 4am of my favourite Taylor Swift lyrics. Swipe to the end to see his reply…’
Scarlett also shared a screenshot of one of the lengthy messages she sent film producer Richard to educate him in her love for Taylor’s music.
The message read: ‘Put together some of my favourite lyrics today. Will send more. But also you should READ All Too Well 10 minute version.’
Below, she had written out a huge list of her favourite of Taylor’s lyrics, including segments from Lavender Haze, Closure, My Tears Ricochet and Long Live.
Scarlett then shared the sweet reply her father sent her back, which proved that she had converted him into a Swiftie as he shared his top 20 favourite songs of hers.
Richard’s message read: ‘Re: She is, more than anything, a poet.
‘This is incredible!!! I’m going to deep dive in this rather odd few days, actually not even going in to the edit today, as they make it ‘perfect’ for a full viewing tomorrow at 10am.
Kind words: The feminist writer, 28, who is the daughter of Richard and Emma Freud , took to Instagram on Wednesday to write a birthday message for her father, 67
Amusing: She revealed she often sends him long pages of her favourite of Taylor’s lyrics and shared a picture showing the response he sent to one of her messages (pictured)
‘I’m getting somewhere on my (now) Top Twenty and doing a lot of listening – so far… Sweet Nothing / Love Story / Bigger Than The Whole Sky / Marjorie / Exile / Wildest Dreams / Tis the Damn Season / Getaway Car / Cardigan – obviously a bit prejudiced towards recent and sad.
‘Look forward to this – love you lots… and think these quotes are pretty extraordinary – what’s so interesting to me is how many are, well, almost funny – they’re very, very clever – not just all profound – but so sharp about profound feelings. xx’
Her sweet tribute comes after Richard said Scarlett made him see that his jokes about women and people’s sizes in films weren’t funny anymore.
At Cheltenham Literature Festival, the Love Actually writer and director told how he has promised his daughter Scarlett that he will never make ‘fat’ jokes again.
In the 2001 adaptation of Bridget Jones’s Diary – which Richard wrote the screenplay for – Renée Zellweger’s character was described as having ‘tree-trunk thighs’.
And in Love Actually, Martine McCutcheon’s character Natalie – the PA to the Prime Minister – was famously depicted as the ‘chubby one’ and having a ‘sizeable a**e’.
Richard has since told how these jokes are no longer funny two decades on as he spoke while being interviewed by Scarlett.
According to The Times, he told the audience: ‘I remember how shocked I was five years ago when Scarlett said to me, “You can never use the word ‘fat’ again”,’ he said.
‘Wow, you were right. In my generation calling someone chubby [was funny] — in there were jokes about that. Those jokes aren’t any longer funny.’
Romance: As well as Scarlett, Richard shares kids Jake, 26, Charlie, 22, and Spike with his wife Emma Freud (pictured in March 2022), who he married this year after 33 years together
Richard has previously admitted that his children did not like his jokes and said his films were starting to look like ‘historical documents’.
Speaking to Craig Oliver on his Desperately Seeking Wisdom podcast in January last year, The Blackadder and Mr Bean creator said: ‘All my conversations with my children now, they don’t like 20 per cent of my jokes, because they think they’re old fashioned and wrong in some way.
‘So I’m really interested in how a generation that’s grown up to be passionate, angry and pedantic about these issues may well change things for the better.’
As well as Scarlett, Richard shares kids Jake, 26, Charlie, 22, and Spike with his wife Emma Freud, who he married this year after 33 years together.