‘Love Actually’ actress wore dead people’s clothes after friend stole nearly $80K


Actress Meg Wynn Owen, best known for appearing in “Love Actually” and “Pride & Prejudice,” was forced to wear clothes belonging to deceased residents of her care home after her carer stole thousands from her.

Owen, whose real name was Margaret Wright, suffered from dementia and appointed her friend, costume designer Brian Malam, as power of attorney prior to her death in July at the age of 82.

But instead of helping Owen with her finances, Malam spent all her hard-earned cash on himself, amounting to just shy of $80,000, Wales Online reports.

Between 2015 and 2019, Malam was helping himself to Owen’s money as her health deteriorated throughout the years.

Malam, 60, was sentenced to 32 months in prison.

Malam was arrested by South Wales Police for fraud against Owen while in his care.
Malam was arrested by South Wales Police for fraud against Owen was she was still alive.
South Wales Police

The costume designer was granted power of attorney over Owen’s finances in 2014. The following year, she was moved into a care home.

After being left penniless, Owen was dressed in the clothes of deceased residents. Staff soon became concerned about her finances — or lack thereof — and reported the incident to police in 2020.

Malam, who hails from Wales, pleaded guilty to fraud while occupying a position of trust.

Meg Wynn Owen played the Prime Minister's Secretary in "Love Actually."
Meg Wynn Owen played the Prime Minister’s Secretary in “Love Actually.”

A proceeds of crime hearing will take place in March next year.

During her acting career, Owen appeared in films like “Love Actually,” “Pride & Prejudice,” and “A Woman of Substance.” She also appeared in “Doctor Who” and “Upstairs Downstairs.”