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THEN AND NOW: The cast of ‘Love Actually’ 14 years later

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Olivia Olson Love Actually and 2016 Did you ever wonder what happened to young Joanna from “Love Actually”?Universal/Getty

“Love Actually” hit theaters just in time for 2003’s holiday season, and audiences deemed it an instant Christmas classic. Though the movie has a problematic treatment of women, “Love Actually” remains a holiday staple for many.

Keep reading for a look at how the star-studded cast looked then, what they look like now, and what they’ve been up to in between.

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We all remember Liam Neeson as the heartbreaking character of Daniel — a man whose wife recently died after battling an illness.

We all remember Liam Neeson as the heartbreaking character of Daniel — a man whose wife recently died after battling an illness.

Daniel was one of the most heartbreaking characters in the movie.Universal

Neeson went on to portray a man with a very special set of skills in “Taken” (and in its two sequels), as well as dozens of other notable roles.

Neeson went on to portray a man with a very special set of skills in "Taken" (and in its two sequels), as well as dozens of other notable roles.

Neeson also starred in 2016’s “Silence.”Mike Coppola/Getty

In “Love Actually,” Neeson’s character had a young stepson named Sam, played by Thomas Brodie-Sangster.

In "Love Actually," Neeson's character had a young stepson named Sam, played by Thomas Brodie-Sangster.

Sam’s childhood crush is one of the movie’s only PG storylines.Universal

Brodie-Sangster went on to voice Ferb Fletcher in Disney’s “Phineas and Ferb,” but most will recognize him as Jojen Reed from “Game of Thrones” during seasons three and four.

Brodie-Sangster went on to voice Ferb Fletcher in Disney's "Phineas and Ferb," but most will recognize him as Jojen Reed from "Game of Thrones" during seasons three and four.

He also played Newt in the “Maze Runner” movie.Dave Kotinsky/Getty

Sam’s school crush in the movie, an American girl named Joanna, sang an unforgettable rendition of “All I Want For Christmas Is You.”

Sam's school crush in the movie, an American girl named Joanna, sang an unforgettable rendition of "All I Want For Christmas Is You."

The school holiday concert is the epic climax of “Love Actually,” when all the different characters come together.Universal

Olivia Olson went on to do voice acting for “Phineas and Ferb,” as well as Cartoon Network’s “Adventure Time.”

Olivia Olson went on to do voice acting for "Phineas and Ferb," as well as Cartoon Network's "Adventure Time."

She was only 11 when she played Joanna in “Love Actually.”Cindy Ord/Getty

The only other American character was Sarah, who worked at a design firm and harbors a not-so-secret obsession with her coworker Karl.

The only other American character was Sarah, who worked at a design firm and harbors a not-so-secret obsession with her coworker Karl.

Sarah was too occupied with her hospitalized brother to have a love life.Universal

Laura Linney starred in horror movie “The Exorcism of Emily Rose” in 2005, and now you can watch her in the Netflix drama series “Ozark.”

Laura Linney starred in horror movie "The Exorcism of Emily Rose" in 2005, and now you can watch her in the Netflix drama series "Ozark."

She also had supporting roles in the 2016 movies “Sully” and “Nocturnal Animals.”Jason Kempin/Stringer/Getty

Sarah’s memorable love interest in the movie was Karl, played by Rodrigo Santoro.

Sarah's memorable love interest in the movie was Karl, played by Rodrigo Santoro.

Karl and Sarah just weren’t meant to be at the time.Universal

Santoro drastically switched up his look to play the god-king Xerxes in both “300” movies, but was more recognizable as Hector Escaton on the 2016 premiere season of HBO’s “Westworld.”

Santoro drastically switched up his look to play the god-king Xerxes in both "300" movies, but was more recognizable as Hector Escaton on the 2016 premiere season of HBO's "Westworld."

Santoro will be back for season two of “Westworld” in 2018.Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

Sarah and Karl’s boss was Harry, a wry man who had an emotional affair with his secretary. He was played by the late Alan Rickman.

Sarah and Karl's boss was Harry, a wry man who had an emotional affair with his secretary. He was played by the late Alan Rickman.

Harry screws up big time in “Love Actually.”Universal

Rickman died in early 2016 after battling cancer. His most memorable roles in the years after “Love Actually” were Severus Snape in the “Harry Potter” movie franchise and Judge Turpin in “Sweeney Todd.”

Rickman died in early 2016 after battling cancer. His most memorable roles in the years after "Love Actually" were Severus Snape in the "Harry Potter" movie franchise and Judge Turpin in "Sweeney Todd."

Rickman’s death in 2016 was devastating news.AP

Emma Thompson was cast as the charming wife whom Harry was cheating on — Karen.

Emma Thompson was cast as the charming wife whom Harry was cheating on — Karen.

Karen was a dutiful mother and loyal wife to Harry.Universal

Thompson also played a Hogwarts schoolteacher in the “Harry Potter” movies, Sybill Trelawney, and voiced Mrs. Potts in the 2017 “Beauty and the Beast” live-action remake.

Thompson also played a Hogwarts schoolteacher in the "Harry Potter" movies, Sybill Trelawney, and voiced Mrs. Potts in the 2017 "Beauty and the Beast" live-action remake.

She also starred as the titular character in “Nanny McPhee.”Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty

The ex-drug addict rock star character Billy Mack helped put some raunchiness into “Love Actually.”

The ex-drug addict rock star character Billy Mack helped put some raunchiness into "Love Actually."

Billy Mack tells a radio host that he shagged Britney Spears.Universal

Bill Nighy is yet another “Harry Potter” alumni — he played Minister of Magic Rufus Scrimgeour.

Bill Nighy is yet another "Harry Potter" alumni — he played Minister of Magic Rufus Scrimgeour.

Nighy also starred as Davy Jones in the 2006 “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.”Neison Barnard/Getty

Another small character who ramped up the R-rating factor was John — a nude body double working on a movie set.

Another small character who ramped up the R-rating factor was John — a nude body double working on a movie set.

These were some of the movie’s most straightforward nude scenes.Universal

Martin Freeman had far less nudity involved in his roles as Bilbo Baggins for “The Hobbit” franchise and Dr. John Watson in “Sherlock.”

Martin Freeman had far less nudity involved in his roles as Bilbo Baggins for "The Hobbit" franchise and Dr. John Watson in "Sherlock."

Freeman is also now part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, playing Everett K. Ross in “Captain America: Civil War” and “Black Panther.”Nicholas Hunt/Getty

Hugh Grant was the newly elected Prime Minister who fell in love with one of his staff members just days into the gig.

Hugh Grant was the newly elected Prime Minister who fell in love with one of his staff members just days into the gig.

Ah, yes, the charming bachelor Prime Minister.Universal

Though Grant hasn’t had a US hit like “Love Actually” since, he was memorable (along with his co-star Drew Barrymore) in 2007’s “Music and Lyrics.”

Though Grant hasn't had a US hit like "Love Actually" since, he was memorable (along with his co-star Drew Barrymore) in 2007's "Music and Lyrics."

He will also be in the upcoming “Paddington” sequel.Frazer Harrison/Getty

Grant’s political nemesis in “Love Actually was the President of the United States, played by Billy Bob Thornton.

Grant's political nemesis in "Love Actually was the President of the United States, played by Billy Bob Thornton.

President Billy Bob himself.Universal

Thornton went on to star in a different kind of holiday movie, “Bad Santa” — which had a sequel in 2016.

Thornton went on to star in a different kind of holiday movie, "Bad Santa" — which had a sequel in 2016.

He also had a recurring role in the TV series “Fargo.”Jamie McCarthy/Getty

One of the smaller roles in “Love Actually” was the sexy Wisconsin sisters Colin met in a bar. The blonde, Jeannie, was actress January Jones.

One of the smaller roles in "Love Actually" was the sexy Wisconsin sisters Colin met in a bar. The blonde, Jeannie, was actress January Jones.

We barely remembered that Jones was in “Love Actually.”Universal

Jones’ big breakout role came with AMC’s “Mad Men,” where she played opposite Jon Hamm as his wife Betty Francis.

Jones' big breakout role came with AMC's "Mad Men," where she played opposite Jon Hamm as his wife Betty Francis.

She can now be seen on the FOX comedy “The Last Man on Earth.”Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

Another minor character was Peter, whose wedding is part of the movie’s love-filled opening sequence.

Another minor character was Peter, whose wedding is part of the movie's love-filled opening sequence.

Peter gets married while wearing a shockingly pink shirt.Universal

Chiwetel Ejiofor may have had a small part in “Love Actually,” but his career has exploded since then. Films like “12 Years A Slave,” “The Martian,” and “Doctor Strange” have made him a US household name.

Chiwetel Ejiofor may have had a small part in "Love Actually," but his career has exploded since then. Films like "12 Years A Slave," "The Martian," and "Doctor Strange" have made him a US household name.

Ejiofor will voice Scar in the upcoming remake of “The Lion King.”Getty Images

Peter’s new wife was Juliet — the unwitting object of her new husband’s best friend’s affections (confusing, we know).

Peter's new wife was Juliet — the unwitting object of her new husband's best friend's affections (confusing, we know).

Bringing pie did not help the awkwardness of this scene, Juliet.Universal

That was Keira Knightley, who has made a name for herself in period pieces such as “Pride and Prejudice,” “Atonement,” and the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise.

That was Keira Knightley, who has made a name for herself in period pieces such as "Pride and Prejudice," "Atonement," and the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise.

She also starred as Love in the 2016 holiday movie “Collateral Beauty.”Pascal Le Segretain/Getty

Andrew Lincoln played Mark — the third wheel in Peter and Juliet’s relationship and an art gallery owner/amateur filmmaker.

Andrew Lincoln played Mark — the third wheel in Peter and Juliet's relationship and an art gallery owner/amateur filmmaker.

The signs Peter makes for Juliet are unforgettably cheesy.Universal via YouTube

Lincoln went on to star in one of the biggest TV shows of our time: “The Walking Dead.” He’s recognizable to millions now as the lead character, Rick Grimes.

Lincoln went on to star in one of the biggest TV shows of our time: "The Walking Dead." He's recognizable to millions now as the lead character, Rick Grimes.

The eighth season of “The Walking Dead” began in October 2017.John Sciulli/Getty Images for AMC

One of the funnier moments in “Love Actually” came from a short scene with an overly enthusiastic jewelry salesman played by Rowan Atkinson.

One of the funnier moments in "Love Actually" came from a short scene with an overly enthusiastic jewelry salesman played by Rowan Atkinson.

He took far too long while packaging a necklace for Harry.Universal

Atkinson has continued to star on TV as Mr. Bean and reprised his role as a rogue agent in a 2007 sequel to “Johnny English.”

Atkinson has continued to star on TV as Mr. Bean and reprised his role as a rogue agent in a 2007 sequel to "Johnny English."

Mr. Bean is still a movie icon.Stuart C. Wilson/Stringer/Getty

Colin Firth was another household name who co-starred in “Love Actually.” He was the sad sap Jaime who started off the movie being cheated on, and ended it with a surprising proposal to a new woman.

Colin Firth was another household name who co-starred in "Love Actually." He was the sad sap Jaime who started off the movie being cheated on, and ended it with a surprising proposal to a new woman.

He moved on quite quickly.Universal

In the years since, Firth has been cast in acclaimed roles for movies like “A Single Man,” and Oscar-winning drama “The King’s Speech.”

In the years since, Firth has been cast in acclaimed roles for movies like "A Single Man," and Oscar-winning drama "The King's Speech."

He took audiences by surprise with breakout action hit “The Kingsman,” the sequel of which premiered in 2017.Kevin Winter/Getty

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