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Love Actually cast set to reunite 20 years on: Where are they now

It has been 20 years since Love Actually aired and now the cast is reuniting.

Christmas will come early for fans of the festive romcom as 'The Laughter & Secrets of Love Actually: 20 Years Later' will air on November 19, on ABC. The cast - including Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant, Billy Nighy, and Laura Linney - will come together once more.

The one off, hour-long special will look at how the film became a beloved Christmas tradition and a global sensation, with new insight into behind-the-scenes secrets and iconic scenes.

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Love Actually came out in 2003 and sees a number of intertwined love stories taking place in London at Christmas. Audiences deemed it an instant Christmas classic.

But what has the cast been up to in the 20 years since it first aired? Here is everything you need to know.

Liam Neeson

Liam Neeson (Getty Images)

Liam Neeson played the role of Daniel, who helped his stepson Sam (Brodie-Sangster) navigate first love while they mourn the loss of his wife, Joanna. The actor is now best known for his "set of skills" from the Taken films.

He also went on to star in more major films, such as The Grey, Cold Pursuit and The Marksman. He also appeared in Widows, Men in Black: International and Made in Italy.

Liam heartbreakingly lost his real-life love, Natasha Richardson, after a skiing accident in 2009. Since then he has raised their two sons alone.

Thomas Brodie-Sangster

Thomas played lovestruck Sam. While Love Actually was the youngster's first major role, he has gone on to be a success.

Since then, he has been in Nanny McPhee, Nowhere Boy, and Newt in The Maze Runner franchise. He voiced Ferb on Disney Channel’s Phineas and Ferb for four seasons, before landing the role of John Tracy on Thunderbirds Are Go. He also played Jojen Reed on Game of Thrones.

As for his real-life love life he confirmed his relationship with actress Talulah Riley at the British Academy Film Awards Gala Dinner in March 2022.

Olivia Olson

At just 11 years of age, Olivia was Joanna in Love Actually - the love interest of Sam. She reunited with Thomas Brodie-Sangster when they worked together on Phineas and Ferb in 2008 where she voiced Vanessa until its 2015 end.

Since then she has turned to the musical world instead. She released her first solo album, Nowhere Land, in 2018 and a year later she competed on The X Factor: Celebrity.

Colin Firth

Colin Firth (Getty Images)

Colin's character Jamie was heartbroken at the beginning of the movie, but he finds love with his Portuguese housekeeper Aurélia (Moniz) in the end. His career has been huge with hits including The King’s Speech, the Mamma Mia! movies and the Bridget Jones’s Diary franchise.

In 2019, the English actor split from wife Livia Giuggioli after 22 years of marriage. They shared two children together.

Lúcia Moniz

Lucia played Aurélia and famously learned English for love interest Jamie before he asked for her hand in marriage in the film. After filming, she went on to star in numerous TV shows, including Vingança, Aqui Não Há Quem Viva, Olhos nos Olhos and Na Corda Bamba.

In 2004, she welcomed her daughter Júlia. She is still acting and has several upcoming roles both on the big screen and the small screen.

Hugh Grant

Hugh played David, the newly elected Prime Minister of England in the film. His character was caught kissing his former worker Natalie (Martine McCutcheon) at the school play.

After the 2003 role, hugh appeared in rom-coms including the Bridget Jones films and Music and Lyrics. He’s also the star of the Paddington franchise and appeared in The Gentlemen before landing the role of Jonathan Sachs in The Undoing.

In 2018, the actor married TV producer Anna Elisabet Eberstein. The couple share three children. Hugh also shares two children with Tinglan Hong.

Martine McCutcheon

Martine McCutcheon (PA)

Martine played the love interest of PM David. Although the star is probably best known for her role on BBC's EastEnders.

Unfortunately, she has not been seen on screen since 2018, shortly after she was diagnosed with Lyme Disease in 2017.

Emma Thompson

Emma played Karen, sister to the Prime Minister, and wife of Harry (Alan Rickman) in the romance film. She also starred alongside her onscreen husband, Alan, in three Harry Potter films. At the minute, she is taking on the role of Mrs. Trunchbull in the 2022 remake of Matilda.

The actress famously said she used her experience of her former husband Kenneth Branagh cheating on her with Helen Bonham Carter for the scenes in Love Actually where her own character finds out her partner has been unfaithful. Emma has been married to fellow actor Greg Wise since 2003 and shares two children with him.

Alan Rickman

Alan Rickman played Harry - who had a wandering eye for his secretary, but was found out by his wife.

One of the British actor’s biggest roles was playing Professor Snape in the Harry Potter franchise from 2001 to 2011. But he also starred in other huge hits including The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Alice in Wonderland.

Sadly, Alan died in January 2016 at the age of 69. His death came after privately battling pancreatic cancer.

Laura Linney

Laura played the role of Sarah in the rom-com as she longed for love with co-worker Karl (Rodrigo Santoro). Her most recent work portraying Wendy Byrde on Ozark, helped her to win multiple Emmys. The New York native shares a son with husband Marc Schauer, who she wed in 2009.

Rodrigo Santoro

Rodrigo's character Karl was left red-faced in just his underwear as Laura rushed off to care for her brother. The Brazilian actor has since appeared in The Immortal Warrior, 300 and voiced Tulio in the Rio franchise.

Keira Knightley

Keira Knightley (Getty Images)

Keira played the role of Juliet, who found herself in the middle of a love triangle. The Oscar-nominated actress then made a name for herself with Pride & Prejudice, Atonement and starring as Elizabeth Swan in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.

In 2013, Keira tied the knot with James Righton. The two have since welcomed two children.

Andrew Lincoln

Andrew is now best known for his role as Rick Grimes in The Walking Dead. But in Love Actually, Andrew's character Mark famously tells his best friend’s wife, Juliet (Knightley), that he loves her using cue cards.

The English actor has been married since 2006 and he’s the father of two children.

Chiwetel Ejiofor

Ejiofor’s Peter is blissfully unaware of his best friend’s feelings for his new bride. His most recent works include voicing Scar in the live-action version of The Lion King, and playing the lead on The Man Who Fell to Earth. Ejiofor has also written and directed four films.

Bill Nighy

Bill Nighy (Getty Images)

Bill played the role of washed-up rocker Billy Mack whose song, “Christmas Is All Around” soared to the top of the holiday charts. Since Love Actually he has gone on to star as Davy Jones in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, voice characters in Rango and Arthur Christmas and starred in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

Gregor Fisher

Gregor played Joe - the manager of Billy Mack. In real life, the actor is best known for starring on Rab C. Nesbitt from 1988 to 2014.

Martin Freeman

Martin's John met his love while standing in for actors during a sex scene on a movie set in Love Actually - eventually getting engaged.

Outside of Love Actually, Freeman is known for playing Bilbo Baggins in the Hobbit franchise. He also appeared on Fargo, Sherlock, StartUp and Breeders.

Joanna Page

Joanna played John's other half, Judy, in the festive film. In reality she is well known for being one half of Gavin and Stacey in the Welsh comedy.

She married James Thornton in 2003 and together they have one daughter and two sons. The actress announced her fourth pregnancy in August 2021 and gave birth that December to daughter Boe Willow Russell.

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