There can be no Christmas without nougat, just as there can be no Christmas without
The quintessential Christmas movie has been considered a modern classic for years.
Directed by Richard Curtis (
Notting Hill, Four Weddings and a Funeral
), the film shows how people experience love who, although it doesn't seem like it at first, are related to each other.
Anyone who has seen it will remember the scene on the posters, little Sam running through the airport... but what has become of its actors 19 years after the premiere?
The American television channel ABC has brought together some of its protagonists to honor the 20th anniversary of its premiere: Hugh Grant, Bill Nighy, Emma Thompson, Laura Linney and Thomas Brodie-Sangster are the ones who have participated in this special broadcast on the night of the 29th of November.
And they are some of those who have had the most successful careers in these two decades.
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(London, 62 years old) played David (no last name; practically none of the characters had it), the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, who falls in love with his secretary, Natalie.
By then, the interpreter was already known for having acted in films such as
Four Weddings and a Funeral
Bridget Jones's Diary
and Sense and Sensibility
Years after the premiere of
, the actor confessed his hatred for him in one of the most remembered scenes: the one in which he appears dancing at his house, on Downing Street.
"I saw it in the script and I thought, 'Well, I'm going to hate doing that."
After the film, Grant embarked on other projects such as
Despite being one of the most recognized British actors worldwide for his films, he has never been nominated for an Oscar or won a Bafta, the British Film Academy Award.
Hugh Grant during the filming of 'The Graham Norton Show', for the BBC, on November 19, 2020, in London.Matt Crossick (PA / Cordon Press)
(London, 63 years old) played Karen, a woman who discovers that her husband is flirting with his secretary in the middle of Christmas.
A story that, as she recognized years later, she herself suffered in real life because her partner, the actor and director Kenneth Branagh, had an affair with the also actress Helena Bonham Carter that caused them to separate.
Thompson's is probably the most unhappy character in the film, in which love, in all its versions and ages, is the protagonist.
The actress, winner of two Oscars for her role in
Sense and Sensibility
Return to Howards End
(1992), has appeared in films such as
Beauty and the Beast.
, she shared the screen again with Colin Firth in
Bridget Jones' Baby
Emma Thompson at the premiere of the musical 'Matilda' in London on November 21, 2022. Nils Jorgensen (Nils Jorgensen/INSTARimages.com / Cordon Press)
One of the characters that does not go unnoticed in
is Billy Mack, played by
(Caterham, United Kingdom, 72 years old).
The rocker discovers at Christmas that the person who is most loyal to him is his representative.
Eccentric dances, inappropriate comments... Mack is the link between all the characters on the screen.
Since the film's premiere, his life has changed: he has played more than twenty films, including
and The Exotic Marigold Hotel
In addition, he has appeared in the Pirates of the Caribbean and Harry Potter sagas.
Bill Nighy at the premiere of 'Living' in Hollywood, California (USA), on November 6, 2022. Jc Olivera (Getty)
(New York, USA, 58 years old) plays Sarah, a woman who receives constant calls from her brother, admitted to a hospital and who she has to take care of.
At the same time, she tries to start a loving relationship with another co-worker.
Since her beginnings as an actress in 1992, Linney always played minor supporting roles, until in 2000 she was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress with
You Can Count On Me
(2000), although she didn't win it.
Candidacy that she would repeat seven years later with
The Savages Family
Furthermore, in 2005 she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for
She has since appeared in films such as
The Fifth Estate
On television, she has starred in
San Francisco Stories
Laura Linney at the star of fame ceremony, on July 25, 2022, in Los Angeles (United States).
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Many will remember
(London, 32 years old) for his role as a boy in love walking through the corridors of the airport in search of his schoolmate.
Years after his film debut, he has become a television star.
He starred with Dylan O'Brien
in The Maze Runner
(2014) and appeared in the Star Wars saga.
But his biggest TV role was on
Game of Thrones
, where he played Jojen Reed for two seasons.
Thomas Brodie-Sangster at the premiere of the latest Maze Runner film in London on June 22, 2018.
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(London, 49 years old) played Mark, the character who stars in one of the most remembered (and imitated) moments of
: the scene in which he declares his love to Juliet, his best friend's wife.
Years later, the actor has stated in various interviews that his character was "a stalker."
In 2002, hardly anyone knew him, since he had hardly made any movies.
His final leap was given to the small screen, when he became one of the protagonists of the acclaimed
The Walking Dead,
playing Rick Grimes in the long-running series.
Andrew Lincoln at a conference on July 21, 2018, in San Diego, United States.
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The other protagonist of that remembered scene is Juliet, who was played by
when she had just turned 18.
In the movie, Juliet doubts her feelings for her husband's best friend, whom she just married.
I want to be like Beckham
and the Pirates of the Caribbean saga came Curtis's film, and Knightley became the girl that all of Hollywood wanted to work with and proposals for all kinds of roles began to arrive:
Pride and Prejudice
(2005), with which she was nominated for an Oscar;
the second and third part Pirates of the Caribbean
A few years ago, the actress revealed that she had not seen
since it premiered.
Keira Knightley at the 'Official Secrets' premiere at the London Film Festival on October 10, 2019.Lia Toby (Getty)
Another of the best-known faces of
was that of
(Grayshott, United Kingdom, 62 years old), who played Jamie, a man who after his wife's infidelity travels to France for a change of scenery.
There he falls in love with the Portuguese girl who cleans his house, with whom he cannot communicate because of the language barrier.
After this role (and also thanks to
Bridget Jones's Diary
), his name became synonymous with success when it came to combining a serious facet with a humorous point.
Years later, he would appear in
The Magical Nanny
A Single Man
(2009), for which he earned an Oscar nomination.
A year later, he would win the statuette for his role as George VI in
The King's Speech
Colin Firth attends the series premiere of 'The Staircase' in New York on May 3, 2022. Anthony Behar (Anthony Behar/Sipa USA / Cordon Press)
One of the saddest stories in the film is that of Daniel, a widower played by
(Ballymena, United Kingdom, 70 years old) who tries to strengthen his bond with his stepson Sam.
Five years later, the actor experienced a similar situation after the death of his wife and mother of his two children, Natasha Richardson -daughter of actress Vanessa Redgrave-, who died tragically after a ski accident in March 2009 in Canada.
, Neeson had already appeared in around twenty films;
Later, his career continued to rise in films such as
The Dark Knight.
the legend is reborn
Liam Neeson in a fragment of the film 'Memory'.
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(London, 46 years old) gave life to the character of Natalie, the secretary in love with her boss, the prime minister played by Grant.
Unlike the rest of her co-stars, her career didn't quite take off and, although she played several roles after
she never stabilized as an actress and ended up giving up acting.
In 2020, she published an album with Christmas carols.
Martine McCutcheon surprises a couple with the legendary scene from 'Love Actually' at Barnes, London.
Jeff Spicer (PA/Cordon Press)
, who passed away at age 69 in 2016 from pancreatic cancer, played Harry in
His character is unfaithful to his wife (played by Emma Thompson).
He was already an actor known for his role in films like
Sense and Sensibility
How can we forget his performance in Harry Potter as the
professor Snape, whose skin he got into for a decade.
His last film was
Spies in the Sky
Alan Rickman attends the 'A Little Chaos' premiere in London on April 13, 2015. Ian West (PA Wire/Press Association Images / Cordon Press)
The fate of the characters in one of the most watched Christmas movies in history has been very mixed, although the fact that many of them were familiar faces before
has helped almost all of them continue in the world of interpretation today. .