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24 Photos Of The Love Actually Cast Then & Now

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Love Actually premiered in 2003, but two decades later, it remains a holiday rom-com we love to talk about to this day. Here’s a look back at the Love Actually cast, then vs. now — including the big names you might have forgotten were part of the enormous ensemble.

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Andrew Lincoln played Mark, the amateur videographer with a crush on his best friend’s new wife.

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Seven years after Love Actually, the British actor pivoted to a role that could not be more different than the festive rom-com: AMC’s The Walking Dead. He and much of the original Love Actually cast reunited for a Red Nose Day mini-sequel in 2017.

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Chiwetel Ejiofor and Keira Knightley played newlyweds Peter and Juliet.

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Knightley was still a teenager at the start of her career during Love Actually. Since then, she’s starred in several iconic films — including Pride & Prejudice and the Pirates of the Caribbean films.

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In addition to starring in the Doctor Strange films, Ejiofor made his feature directorial debut with 2019’s The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.

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Hugh Grant played David, the new prime minister who’s immediately drawn to Natalie (Martine McCutcheon), a member of his in-house staff.

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A few of Grant’s recent roles include 2017’s Paddington 2 and an Emmy-nominated turn in crime mystery, The Undoing.

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Alan Rickman is universally beloved, but his character in Love Actually is a little less so. Rickman played Harry, a husband and father who entertained an affair with a colleague, much to his wife’s (Emma Thompson) heartbreak.

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Sadly, Rickman died of cancer in 2016. “It seemed like a miracle to me when Alan agreed to do our film ... as an actor he almost literally made every single word complex and interesting,” Love Actually writer-director Richard Curtis remembered.

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Thompson may just be the heart of Love Actually — her character, Karen, is Harry’s wife, David’s sister, and Daniel’s (Liam Neeson) best friend.

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Recently, Thompson starred in Good Luck to You, Leo Grande. She also portrays Miss Trunchbull in the new Matilda musical adaptation.

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Colin Firth and Lúcia Moniz play Jamie and Aurélia, the lonely writer and housekeeper who forge a strong romantic connection without speaking the same language.

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Firth went on to star in the two Mamma Mia! films and, most recently, HBO Max’s The Staircase, based on the real-life death of Kathleen Peterson.

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In Love Actually, Laura Linney’s Sarah harbored a major office crush on Carl (Rodrigo Santoro).

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Most recently, Linney has been known for her turn as Wendy Byrde on Netflix’s Ozark, for which she received multiple Emmy nominations.

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Kris Marshall played horny traveler Colin — who, upon his arrival in Wisconsin, miraculously meets a group of beautiful women eager to take him home. Among them? January Jones, in an early screen role.

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Jones would go on to play Betty Draper on the AMC series Mad Men from 2007 to 2015.

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Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Olivia Olson played preteen lovebirds Sam and Joanna.

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Brodie-Sangster has recently starred in several buzzy TV projects — including Pistol and The Queen’s Gambit, for which he received an Emmy nod.

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Martin Freeman and Joanna Page played sex scene body doubles (yes, this movie had a lot of plotlines!), who were adorably awkward in their own real dating life.

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Freeman’s latest role as Everett Ross in the Black Panther films is a giant leap from his small supporting part in Love Actually.

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Bill Nighy’s Billy Mack is a pop star who hopes to reach the top of the charts by Christmas Eve with his (truthfully catchy) “Christmas Is All Around.”

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Nighy recently starred alongside Anya Taylor-Joy in 2020’s Emma.