LET’S be honest – it’s not really Christmas unless we have Love Actually playing on repeat in the background.
And while we can practically recite every line from the movie in our sleep, we still can’t believe it’s been 17 YEARS since the classic Christmas film first graced our screens.
Love Actually was released in November 2003Credit: Alamy
Almost overnight, the child stars were catapulted to fame – and while some have remained actors, others have shied away from the limelight entirely.
Here Fabulous takes a look at where the kids from Love Actually are now – including one who controversially thinks it’s a “s**t film”.
Tom – Thomas Brodie-Sangster
Thomas Brodie-Sangster captured our hearts when he took on the role of Tom at the age of 13.
Thomas was just 13 years old when he starred in Love ActuallyCredit: Rex Features
He most recently appeared in Netflix’s The Queen’s GambitCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Two years later, Thomas starred in classic kids’ film Nanny McPhee as the oldest of the seven children.
In 2008, he played Paul McCartney in Sam Taylor-Wood’s movie Nowhere Boy about John Lennon’s younger years.
14 years after the movie was released, Thomas reprised his role as Tom in the Love Actually Red Nose Day special where he was reunited with his on-screen dad Liam Neeson and love interest Joanna.
Speaking to People in October this year, Thomas said: “I remember already having the part and going into the read-through and not knowing who else was in it.
“I’d just go, ‘Oh, it’s another job. Great. I’m on another job.’ And then all these faces started walking in through the door and I realised that this is probably quite big.”
Joanna – Olivia Olson
Olivia Olson was 11 years old when she appeared in Love Actually
Olivia appeared on the celebrity version of The X Factor in 2019Credit: oliviaroseolson/Instagram
In the Christmas film, Olivia played the crush of schoolboy Sam who learned to play the drums to impress her – and who could forget her performance of All I Want for Christmas Is You at the end?
After the film wrapped, the child star went on to voice the characters Vanessa Doofenshmirtz in Phineas and Ferb and Marceline the Vampire Queen in Adventure Time.
Olivia is also a talented writer, having written a part of the best selling adventure Time Encyclopedia.
Having released her second studio album Nowhere Land in 2018, the talented singer appeared on the celebrity X Factor last year.
Octopus Boy – Billy Campbell
The Octopus Boy was Natalie’s younger brother in the movieCredit: Alamy
Billy hasn’t done any acting sinceCredit: Twitter
Sadly for us, this was Billy Campbell’s last acting role – but his godmother Kathy Burke did share a sweet picture of him all grown up on social media.
In 2018, she tweeted: “Want to feel old? Here’s what octopus boy aka my godson, Bill looks like now.”
Daisy – Lulu Popplewell
Lulu was 12 when she appeared in the movie
The stand-up comedian says she thinks the movie is ‘s**t’
If Daisy doesn’t immediately spring to mind, then chances are you’ll remember her as the girl who was cast as the lobster in the Nativity.
Now 29, Lulu Popplewell is now a stand-up comedian and musician.
Appearing on the Almost Famous podcast earlier this year, Lulu admitted she isn’t as big a fan of the film as you’d expect.
She said: “Look, softly be it spoken I think it’s a s*** film. I think it’s aged badly.
“All the women in it are sort of passive objects. I think that there was an article that described them as passive objects to be acquired, and on rewatching it’s not great.”
Bernie – William Wadham
William Wadham played Emma Thompson’s sonCredit: Rex Features
14 years later, William is now a composerCredit: willwadham/Soundcloud
William Wadham played Daisy’s brother Bernie – and unfortunately didn’t get as much screen time after one of his scenes were cut.
Nowadays, William is a composer for film, theatre, documentary and television.
On his website, the former child star says he got into music while studying Classics at Exeter University and was given a composition scholarship while he was still studying for his degree.
Since then, he’s composed music for brands including Ford, eBay and Vivienne Westwood.
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