Lulu Popplewell: “Actually, Actually” at Edinburgh Fringe 2023

*** 1/2 (out of 5)

Lulu Popplewell knows you don’t go to the Edinburgh dungeon to support aspiring actors. You go to see the dark weird stuff. So a recovery show without war stories? She’ll cram some in via song. And yes, don’t you worry: She’ll also get to Love, Actually in which she appeared at age 11 portraying Alan Rickman’s daughter. Now 32, she lives with her mum and has eight years clean. And she’ll weave the film into the show, as her appearance on a little known podcast somehow got the attention of The Daily Mail and the tabloid press, and how could she not read the 1,500 comments about her, when none of them were positive. On the bright side, none of them prompted her to relapse. Because she remains grateful for her role and her recovery, despite the former coming in a hugely popular Christmas film that’s proven itself to be quite problematic upon further inspection.

Lulu Popplewell: Actually, Actually runs through Aug. 27 at Pleasance Courtyard Bunker Three

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