Sangster was 13 when he became a star in "Love Actually" as Sam, the boy whose stepfather (Liam Neeson) guides him through his first schoolboy crush. He reunited with castmates Colin Firth and Emma Thompson in "Nanny McPhee" and went on to appear in such films as "Bright Star" and "Nowhere Boy" (playing Paul McCartney). On TV, he's been the voice of Ferb on "Phineas and Ferb" (where he's re-teamed with "Love Actually" crush Olivia Olson), and he currently appears as Jojen Reed on "Game of Thrones." Watch for the 23-year-old on the big screen next year in "The Maze Runner."
The "Mr. Bean" star, a longtime Curtis regular, was 48 when he appeared in "Love Actually" as Rufus, the department store salesman who is far too meticulous a gift-wrapper. Shortly before "Love Actually," he played the title role in the spy spoof "Johnny English." Since then, the 58-year-old has appeared in "Mr. Bean's Holiday" and, most recently, the 2011 sequel "Johnny English Reborn."
Ejiofor, the English-born son of Nigerian parents, made his name as the star of "Dirty Pretty Things" at 25, a year before he appeared in "Love Actually" as newlywed Peter. Since then, he's gone on to star or co-star in "Melinda and Melinda," "Four Brothers," "Serenity," "Kinky Boots," "Inside Man," "Children of Men," "Talk to Me," "American Gangster," "2012," and "Salt." Now 36, he's earning Oscar buzz for his current starring role in "12 Years a Slave."
After two decades of playing diffident swains, Firth had recently broken through to international stardom in "Bridget Jones's Diary" when the 43-year-old played the "Love Actually" role of lovelorn crime novelist Jamie. Since then, he's maintained his leading man status in the "Bridget Jones" sequel, "Nanny McPhee," "Where the Truth Lies," and "Mamma Mia." He was nominated for an Oscar in 2010 for "A Single Man" and won the following year for playing stammering King George VI in "The King's Speech." U.S. audiences saw him on screen most recently in 2011's "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy." Watch for the 53-year-old next year in Woody Allen's "Magic in the Moonlight."
Fisher was an established sitcom star in Scotland when the 49-year-old played Joe, rocker Billy Mack's loyal manager, in "Love Actually." Since then, he's appeared in such films as "Shaun of the Dead" and "The Merchant of Venice." Still primarily a stage and TV actor in the U.K., the 59-year-old last appeared on the big screen in 2010's "Wild Target."
Fitzgerald was 51 when he played Michael, Laura Linney's institutionalized brother, in "Love Actually." He went on to appear in "Kingdom of Heaven," along with "Love Actually" castmate Liam Neeson. Now 61, he's enjoyed recurring roles on several European TV series and mini-series; audiences here last saw him in the mini-series "Parade's End" this year on HBO.
At 32, Freeman was well known for his role on the original British "The Office" when he co-starred in "Love Actually" as John, a sex-film stand-in who falls in love with a fellow stand-in. He went on to appear in "Shaun of the Dead" and its two follow-ups (along with fellow "Love Actually" alum Bill Nighy), "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" (along with Nighy and Alan Rickman), "Confetti," "What's Your Number," and "The Pirates: Band of Misfits" (with "Love Actually" co-star Hugh Grant). These days, of course, the 42-year-old is most famous for his starring role as Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson's "Hobbit" trilogy, the next installment of which, "The Desolation of Smaug," is due in December.
Curtis had helped make Grant the king of the romantic comedy with roles in "Four Weddings and a Funeral" and "Notting Hill," so it's no wonder that the 43-year-old leading man got a promotion to (lovestruck) Prime Minister in Curtis's "Love Actually." Since then, he's continued to play the stammering suitor (or the sneering cad) in such films as "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason," "American Dreamz," "Music and Lyrics," "Did You Hear About the Morgans," and last year's "The Pirates! Band of Misfits" and "Cloud Atlas." Now 53, he's at work on another romantic comedy with frequent collaborator, writer/director Marc Lawrence, that pairs him with Marisa Tomei.
Knightley was 18 and newly famous as the female lead in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie series when she appeared in "Love Actually" as new bride Juliet. She went on to become an A-lister in such movies as "Pride and Prejudice," "Domino," "Atonement," "Never Let Me Go," "A Dangerous Method," and 2012's "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World" and "Anna Karenina." Now 28, she has four movies due next year, including a reboot of the Jack Ryan franchise.
Lincoln was 30 when he appeared in "Love Actually" as Mark, the videographer who harbors a secret crush on his best friend's new wife (Keira Knightley). Since then, he's co-starred in the movies "Enduring Love" and 2010's "Made in Dagenham," but the 40-year-old is best known as the star of AMC's hit zombie drama series "The Walking Dead."
Linney was 39 and coming off one of her strongest movie roles (in "Mystic River") when she appeared in "Love Actually" as Sarah, a woman with a longstanding crush on a co-worker. She went on to appear in "Kinsey" (with "Love Actually" co-star Liam Neeson), "The Squid and the Whale," "The Savages," and "Hyde Park on Hudson." On TV, she starred in and produced the series "The Big C." Now 49, she's currently on screen in the thriller "The Fifth Estate."
German-born actress Makatsch had appeared in the import "Aimee & Jaguar" and in the first "Resident Evil" when she was cast, at 32, as Mia, who tempts her married boss to stray, in "Love Actually." She's since made mostly German movies, though she's also appeared in "A Sound of Thunder" and "Tara Road." Now 42, she's due in the British film "Geography of the Heart" next year.
Marshall, who'd become a TV star as the ne'er-do-well Nick on the British sitcom "My Family," was 30 when he broke through in movies in "Love Actually" as Colin, whose plan to find love in America armed with nothing more exotic or charming than his middle-class British accent proves a surprising success. He went on to appear in "The Merchant of Venice" (along with "Love Actually" castmate Gregor Fisher) and the original "Death at a Funeral." His next project is the British crime drama "Death in Paradise." Now 40, he most recently appeared on screen in the 2013 British romantic comedy "Sparks and Embers."
McCutcheon was 27 and well-established as a singer and soap star (on the popular British show "EastEnders") when she appeared in "Love Actually" as Natalie, the Lewinsky-esque aide who catches the eye of the unmarried Prime Minister (Hugh Grant). After the film's success, she went to America but was unable to turn her newfound notoriety into a Hollywood career. Back in Britain, she returned to TV on such series as "Echo Beach," "Let's Get Gold" (a reality competition series, on which she was a judge), and 2013's "Midsomer Murders." Now 37, she most recently appeared on the big screen in the 2008 feature "Jump!"
Portuguese singer Moniz was 27 when she played Aurelia, the Portuguese housekeeper who falls for Colin Firth's Jamie even though they don't speak a word of each other's language in "Love Actually." Since then, she's made a number of Portuguese movies, though in 2013, the 37-year-old made another English-language movie, "The Right Juice."
Neeson, then 51, was already an A-list leading man when he played bereaved husband Daniel in "Love Actually." Since then, he's only become more popular, thanks to such thrillers and action spectacles as the "Taken" movies, the "Titans" movies (where he plays Zeus), the "Dark Knight" movies (where he played Batman foil Ra's al Ghul), "Unknown," and "The Grey." Watch for the 61-year-old in a cameo in December's "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues."
Veteran character actor Nighy was 53 when "Love Actually" made him a star as the hilariously candid aging rocker Billy Mack. He's since been in constant demand, having gone on to star in the "Underworld" movies, the "Pirates of the Caribbean" films (voicing Davy Jones), "Shaun of the Dead" and its follow-ups, and such hits as "Arthur Christmas" and "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel." The 63-year-old currently on screen in Curtis's "About Time."
Olson became a star at age 10 with her standout performance of Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You," sung in character as Joanna Anderson, object of young Sam's (Thomas Sangster) crush. Now 21, she continues to sing and generate laughs as a voiceover actress on two cartoon series. She's Marceline the Vampire Queen on Cartoon Network's "Adventure Time," and she's recurring character Vanessa Doofenshmirtz on "Phineas and Ferb," which has reunited her with Sangster (who plays Ferb). Her last feature film was 2011's "Phineas and Ferb: Across the Second Dimension."
Page, at 24, had recently appeared in Johnny Depp's Jack-the-Ripper thriller "From Hell" when she was cast in "Love Actually" as Judy, who falls in love with fellow nude movie stand-in John (Martin Freeman). Since then, she's been best known as a TV actress, having starred as Stacey in the British hit "Gavin and Stacey." Now 34 (pictured here, pregnant, before giving birth to her first child earlier this year), she'll next be seen as Queen Elizabeth I in the upcoming "Doctor Who" 50th anniversary special.
Rickman was 57 and well-known for sinister roles (from "Die Hard" to the "Harry Potter" series) when he appeared in "Love Actually" as Harry, a too-easily-tempted husband. After "Love Actually," he continued to play Severus Snape in the remaining six "Harry Potter" movies, and he played another heavy in Tim Burton's "Sweeney Todd." He voiced Marvin the depressed android in "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" (which featured fellow "Love Actually" alums Martin Freeman and Bill Nighy) and the caterpillar in "Alice in Wonderland." This year, the 67-year-old was seen as legendary nightclub owner Hilly Kristal in "CBGB" and as President Ronald Reagan in "Lee Daniels' The Butler." Next year, he's directing "A Little Chaos" and starring as King Louis XIV.
Salis made his film debut at 24 in "Love Actually" as Tony, Colin's skeptical pal. He's gone on to appear in such films as "Sahara" and "Flyboys," though he's best known for his role as a paramedic on the British TV series "Casualty." American audiences have most recently seen Salis, now 34, as a guest star on the Cinemax TV series "Strike Back."
Brazilian actor Santoro was 28 when he played Karl, Laura Linney's crush object, in "Love Actually." He's continued to appear in movies, most notably, "300" (as Persian ruler Xerxes) and the cartoon "Rio." He most recently appeared this year opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in "The Last Stand." Watch for the 38-year-old next year in the "300" prequel and the "Rio" sequel.
Thompson made her film debut in Curtis's "The Tall Guy" back in 1989. She was already known as an Oscar-winning actress and screenwriter when the then-44-year-old played Karen, a woman whose husband may have strayed, in "Love Actually." Career highlights since then have included playing Sybil Trelawny in the "Harry Potter" movies (opposite "Love Actually" husband Alan Rickman), writing and starring in the "Nanny McPhee" movies, and such films as "Brideshead Revisited," "An Education," Curtis's "Pirate Radio," and "Brave." She most recently appeared in 2013's "Beautiful Creatures." The 54-year-old will appear at Christmastime opposite Tom Hanks in "Saving Mr. Banks," in which she plays "Mary Poppins" author P.L. Travers.
Thornton, then 48, was already a well-known actor, director, and screenwriter when he played a cameo as a President who takes a shine to the Prime Minister's aide Natalie in "Love Actually." He followed that up with what may be his most popular role to date, as bitter safecracker Willie in "Bad Santa." Since then, he's starred in the movie "Friday Night Lights," the "Bad News Bears" remake, "The Astronaut Farmer," "Eagle Eye," and this year's "Jayne Mansfield's Car," which he also wrote and directed. The 58-year-old currently appears on screen in "Parkland," the indie drama about the Dallas hospital where JFK was taken after he was shot.