ACTOR Kris Marshall, who starred in many people's favourite festive film Love Actually, was in Devizes to help raise money for Julia's House Children's Hospice.

Kris, who played lovesick Colin was joined by antiques expert Paul Martin and camels Temujin and Therese at the charity's annual Carols by Candlelight service.

Choir members from St Margaret's Preparatory School, Calne, led the camels into the church while singing Silent Night.

Little Carmella Chillery-Watson, who stole the show when the Duchess of York visited Julia's House last month, was also a crowd pleaser on Tuesday evening thanks to her ready smile and engaging personality.

A spokesman for Julia's House said: "Guests enjoyed a festive mix which included singing from the chamber choir from St Margaret’s and the PSG Choir, traditional carols and post-concert mulled wine and mince pies.

"Julia’s House provides frequent short breaks for children with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions to give their parents a much-needed break from the stress of caring round the clock.

"It has been supporting Wiltshire families for six years offering home-based and community care and opened the county’s first children’s hospice last year."