The Love Actually star courted controversy when she negatively described the U.K. in response to a question at the Berlin International Film Festival on Monday (15Feb16) about whether she would vote for the country to leave the European Union (EU) in a referendum.

She said the U.K. was "a tiny little cloud-bolted, rainy corner of sort-of Europe... a cake-filled misery-laden grey old island," so she should be voting to stay in the EU.

She was blasted for her comments by politicians and British newspapers, including The Sun, which Photoshopped a cake into Thompson's mouth for their front page.

Thompson poked fun at the furore when she returned to London from Germany on Wednesday (17Feb16) by buying a slice of cake and recreating the front page image for photographers at Heathrow Airport.

Editors from the newspaper also sent her a Victoria sponge cake topped with their front page to her home on Wednesday. She sent her daughter Gaia inside for a knife and ate a slice for the cameras.

Thompson saw the funny side, telling the paper, "It's an absolute gem of a joke. It is a very witty response... I love cake - it's all worked out brilliantly. I have a free cake."

She dismissed her comments as a joke to reporters outside her home, saying, "I would like to say 'well my, this is very funny' and I thought everyone had lost their minds and lost their sense of humour and now I discover that actually you're the best.

"This is why I have lived in the same place for 56 years and this is why I love living here. Even with this weather this is why I love living here... British people don't stand around talking about how wonderful it is to live here. We are always taking the p**s out of ourselves. That's what we British are. We are self-deprecating."