'Love Actually' cast looks totally different then and now

"Love Actually" remains one of the most beloved holiday movies of all time. From the intricate storylines about cheating, falling in love with someone who is unavailable, to falling in love despite not speaking the same language, to figuring out how to move on after a terrible breakup, to learning all about love as a kid. Every life lesson you ever wanted is all wrapped up in one great movie.

But whatever happened to the characters you loved? What happened to the hot creative who tried to bed Laura Linney? What happened to the adorable kiddo who brought us "All I Want for Christmas Is You"?

We figured out where everyone is and you might be surprised to see that some then-unknown actors are super famous now.

Love Actually Cast: Then and Now
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Love Actually Cast: Then and Now

Olivia Olson brought us "All I Want for Christmas Is You" and we'll never forget that moment or the adorable kiddo who played Joanna Anderson. 

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Olivia is all grown up now and in her 20s, but she is still singing. She does covers of Beyonce on her YouTube channel  

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Back in the day, January Jones and Elisha Cuthbert were relatives unknowns when they played hot girls who lived in Wisconsin. (Credit: Universal) 

January Jones went on to become an award-winning actress for her role on "Mad Men" and has become one of the hottest names in Hollywood. 


 Lulu Popplewell played Emma Thompson and Alan Rickman's daughter in the hit film and back then she was just a cute freckle-faced kiddo who played a lobster in the nativity play. (Credit: Universal) 
Nowadays, Lulu Popplewell is an actress and comedian with a bleach blonde hairdo and some cool-girl style. 
Hugh Grant was an adorable Prime Minister in "Love Actually" who fell in love with his secretary. Back then Grant was quite the lothario in real life and had some incredible hair. (Photo credit: Universal) 

Hugh Grant is just as dashing and is still in great roles, most recently "Florence Foster Jenkins," but his hair isn't quite as sexy with all that salt and pepper. 

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Martine McCutcheon played the adorable Natalie, a secretary who is seduced by the President of the United States, but is in love with her boss, the Prime Minister. (Photo Credit: Universal) 
Martine McCutcheon isn't acting as much now, but she does have a standing gig on the talk show "Loose Women."  (Photo by Neil Mockford/GC Images)
Laura Linney was a bit of an awkward duckling in "Love Actually" as the in-love Sarah who had a big crush on her co-worker, but not enough emotional space since she was taking care of her sick brother. (Credit: Universal) 

No surprise here, Laura Linney is still a super talented actress and she's gone on to have a massive Hollywood career. 

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Lucia Moniz was the adorable Portuguese maid who fell in love with the unlucky Jamie. Who can ever forget how she tried to learn english just for him?

 (Photo by Tony Barson Archive/WireImage)

Lucia Moniz hasn't done much in American cinema recently, instead she's done a lot of foreign language films. She also has a much edgier style as evidenced by her cool Instagram account. 

Rodrigo Santoro played the super sexy Carl, who famously went after Laura Linney. The newbie actor faked a British accent to get the role, but there are snippets of his Brazilian accent that shine through in moments. Ooo la la. 

 (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)

These days Rodrigo is even more successful and stars in the critically-acclaimed series "Westworld" from HBO. (Credit: HBO)
Heike Makatsch, who played Mia, tried to woo her boss (Alan Rickman) to cheat on his wife, and we're still heartbroken over what went down between the two of them. Those devil ears are just too much. (Photo credit: Publicity)
Heike Makatsch still has that famous smile, but she's got blonde locks now. (Photo by Franziska Krug/Getty Images for mytheresa.com)

Liam Neeson was a sexy heartthrob as an actor, but in the film he played a heartbroken widower. 

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In a sad twist, Liam Neeson's real life was similar to his role. His wife, Natasha Richardson, died in a skiing accident and he was left to raise their children. He mostly makes action movies now. (Photo by Steve Sands/GC Images)
Andrew Lincoln fell in love with his best friend's wife (Keira Knightley) and tried to explain his love to her via a poster and music presentation, but alas it didn't work. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
Nowadays, the actor looks completely different and has a starring role on AMC's "The Walking Dead." (Credit: AMC)
Chiwetel Ejiofor was the adorable guy lucky enough to marry Keira Knightley. We don't see much of him in "Love Actually," but we did love his role. 

If you thought Chiwetel Ejiofor looked familiar, it's because he had a career-making role in "12 Years a Slave" and has gone on to star in dozens of big name movies. 


Keira Knightley was a stunner in the movie and played the sweet and lovely Juliet. All she wanted was some good video from her wedding. 

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Keira Knightley is just as stunning now as she was then -- the difference is she is married in real life and is a mom. She's also still a huge screen star. 

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Marcus Brigstocke played a Radio Watford DJ and got a very telling interview from Billy Mack -- a famous rocker. (Credit: Universal) 
These days Marcus Brigstocke is  a popular comedian. (Photo by Matthew Horwood/Getty Images)

Emma Thompson may have played a simple housewife who got cheated on by her husband in the film, but off-screen she was a total hottie. 

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Emma Thompson chopped her hair off and has starred in dozens of movies since her turn in "Love Actually." In recent years she was nominated for multiple awards for her roles in "Live From Lincoln Center" and "Saving Mr. Banks." 

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Bill Nighy was the has-been rocker, Billy Mack, who turned his most famous hit into a holiday song just to make some extra cash. His crass personality was one of the best parts of the movie. (Photo credit: Universal) 

Actor Bill Nighy is handsome as ever as he gets older!


Kris Marshall ventured off to find love in America, and he definitely did -- since he brought back Denise Richards and January Jones to London.  (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)

Kris Marshall grew his hair out, but he still has that same goofy look. He's been in several British television shows and a movie called "A Few Best Men."  (Photo by Stefania D'Alessandro/Getty Images)


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