Where Are They Now?: The Cast of Love Actually

Posted on December 13, 2013 by

If Love Actually isn’t one of your favourite holiday movies, it’s probably because you haven’t seen it yet (watch the trailer above), your heart is made of stone or simply, you just don’t have one. Ten years after its original release, the movie is still a big deal for holiday rom-com lovers everywhere.

And how could it not be? The movie chronicles ten different stories as each character deals with their intertwined love lives (or lack thereof) in the month leading up to Christmas.

The best part of watching the now decade-old movie is realizing just how incredibly stacked the film is cast-wise. Don’t believe me? Just check out what everyone has done since then below!

Alan Rickman as Harry The Cheat


Considering Alan Rickman was Professor Severus Snape (middle), one of the coolest and conflicting characters in the Harry Potter series, does it even matter what he’s done since Love Actually?! But if you must know, fans can catch the potions master as Ronald Reagan in director Lee Daniel’s The Butler (right).

Bill Nighy as Billy Mack


As your parents would probably like you to know, Bill Nighy had a long fruitful career that began in the 1970s! After Love Actually, Bill continued to add interesting roles to his long resume, including a stint as Minister Rufus Scrimgeour in 2010’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (middle). He’s also the loving dad in this year’s About Time (right). The Guardian also named Bill as one of their 50 Best Dressed Over 50 earlier this year. Can you say, “SWAG”?!

Colin Firth as The Broken-Hearted Jamie


I’m sure we all remember Colin Firth as Mark Darcy in the Bridget Jones movies and who could ever forget the time he shook his bootay in 2008’s Mamma Mia! (middle)?! While his singing may not have won him accolades, he did however go on to win an Oscar for his portrayal of King George VI in 2010’s The King’s Speech (right).

Liam Neeson as The Recently Widowed Daniel

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After helping his step-son score a kiss from the most popular girl in school, Liam Neeson now spends his day tracking down his movie daughter’s kidnappers in the Taken movies (middle). His career also took a godly turn when he played Zeus in 2012’s Wrath of the Titans (right).

Emma Thompson as Karen

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Emma has been in a quite a few major productions, including three of the Harry Potter movies as Professor Sybil Trelawney (middle) and as the titular character in Nanny McPhee. This year she stars alongside Tom Hanks in Saving Mr. Banks (right) as P.L. Travers, the author of Mary Poppins.

Martin Freeman as John The Body Double


Martin Freeman has been in numerous projects since his naked turn in Love Actually, including roles in Edgar Wright’s Cornetto trilogy (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World’s End). The former The Office star (the original U.K. version) became an internet favourite after starring in the popular BBC drama Sherlock as the detective’s faithful sidekick, Dr. John Watson. He’s also a legitimate movie star as he traverses through Middle Earth as Bilbo Baggins (right) in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy.

Andrew Lincoln as The Lovelorn Mark


He might not have gotten the girl, but Andrew Lincoln is now kicking zombie ass as The Walking Dead‘s Rick Grimes (right)! A random tidbit about Andrew: Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin’s daughter Apple was the flower girl at his wedding!

Rowan Atkinson as Rufus the Sales Assistant


We already recognized Rowan Atkinson as Mr. Bean before we first laid eyes on Love Actually. In fact, he even took another spin as the man-child character in 2007’s Mr. Bean’s Holiday. He also became the worst secret intelligence agent Mi6 ever had when he took up the titacular role in the James Bond spoof, Johnny English, in 2003 and its sequel, 2011’s Johnny English Reborn (right).

Elisha Cuthbert as The Sexy Carol-Anne


After Love Actually, the Canadian actress returned to our consciousness when she starred in The Girl Next Door as the girl next door/former porn star. While her movie career failed to take off, she fared much better on TV. From 2001 to 2010, she was Jack Bauer’s daughter, Kim, in the popular drama series, 24 (middle). She then showed off her comedic chops as the clueless and perpetually hungry Alex Kerkovich in the sitcom Happy Endings. She is now married to NHL player Dion Phaneuf.

January Jones as The Sexy Jeannie


Like Elisha, January Jones is probably most well-known for her role as Betty Draper Francis on AMC’s Mad Men (right). She also took a stab at the big screen with the comic book movie, X-Men: First Class as the villainous Emma Frost (middle). 

Keira Knightley as The Newly Married Juliet

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It’s hard to believe Keira Knightley was only 18 when her character Julie got married in Love Actually. Since then, her career exploded thanks to her role as Elizabeth Swann in the Pirates of the Caribbean series (middle). Thanks to movies like Atonement, Pride and Prejudice and Anna KareninaKeira has done fairly well when it comes to period dramas. She has done much lighter projects, such as the Steve Carrell-fronted, Seeking a Friend for the End Of The World (right).

Chiwetel Ejiofor as The Clueless Peter

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After Love Actually, Chiwetel landed roles in American Gangster and 2012. He’s currently capturing Hollywood’s attention with his performance in director Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave, earning lots of Oscar buzz along the way.

Hugh Grant as The Prime Minister


Save for the Bridget Jones’ Diary sequel, The Edge of Reason, Hugh Grant wasn’t able to reclaim his former glory as Hollywood’s charismatic leading man. 2007’s Music and Lyrics and 2009’s Did You Hear About The Morgans? (right) were flops and his animated film, The Pirates! Bands of Misfits (right) brought in a paltry $31.1 million at the American box offices. Don’t worry though, he’ll be back next year in the The Reluctant Professor.

Laura Linney as the Love-Struck Sarah

Laura starred in 2008’s The Other Man opposite her Love Actually costar, Liam Neeson. From 2010 to 2013, she starred as Caty Jamison in the hit TV series The Big C (right).

Rodgrigo Santoro as Sarah’s crush, Karl

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When he wasn’t starring in Spanish movies, Rodrigo Santoro showed off his banging body as the evil Xerxes (middle) in 2006’s 300. He was also Jennifer Lopez’s hubby Alex (right) in 2012’s What to Expect When You’re Expecting. Fans can hear his voice in Rio 2 when it drops next year.

And finally…

Thomas Brodie-Sangster as Sam


Thomas Brodie-Sangster was the youngest and cutest of the bunch! Aside from several stints on TV (including a role on the popular Doctor Who), fans of the show may be surprised to know that he is also the voice of Phineas and Ferb‘s Ferb Fletcher (middle) — when he talks, that is. This past summer, the elf-like actor scored a role on the bloody HBO drama, Game of Thrones, as the gifted Jojen Reed (right).

See? That’s just how stacked the movie turned out to be! Now I’ll just leave you here with one of my favourite parts from the movie. Enjoy!

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