Before this year's Me Before You united most of the major pop culture fandoms, there was the delightfully British Christmas romcom Love Actually, which had a perfect ensemble cast and — dare I say it — some cross-fandom pairings that are the stuff of steamy fan fiction. Spanning Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean, Bridget Jones, Narnia, and Doctor Who, below is the great big fanfiction-ish cast of 2003's Love Actually.
Love Actually is basically an alternate muggle world where the most unlikely of Potter characters actually ended up together — like Sybill Trelawney and Snape. Aside from Love Actually and Harry Potter, Emma Thompson also recently starred in this year's Bridget Jones's Baby along with several other Love Actually alum, and will star alongside Harry Potter's Emma Watson once more in 2017's Beauty and the Beast.
The late great Alan Rickman played a lot of great villainous characters in his lifetime. Most unforgettable of them was Snape; in this movie, he ironically played a character whose name was Harry, but was just as bad as Snape for cheating on Trelawney - I mean, on his wife Karen.
Liam Neeson's character, Daniel, is Karen's best friend in this movie. He's also a loving stepfather to Sam. He makes so many phone calls in this movie that when you pause it, you could crack a joke about Taken. But we shouldn't forget that this guy was also Aslan, Qui-Gon Jinn, and Ra’s al Ghul.
Since Love Actually, Sangster has also appeared in HBO's Game of Thrones as Jojen Reed and in an episode of Dr. Who. Let's not forget, he's also Newt in The Maze Runner!
Fun Fact: He was also in the same episode of Dr. Who as Bill Nighy (Billy Mack), and that very episode was written by Richard Curtis - also the writer-director of Love Actually.
Another Fun Fact: By the end of the movie, he got a kiss from his ultimate crush Joanna (Olivia Olson). They're the same actors who voiced Vanessa and Ferb from the hit Disney animated series, Phineas and Ferb!
In Love Actually, he plays Jamie Bennett, who actually had the same luck in love as Mark Darcy in the first Bridget Jones movie. Aside from that, he's also co-stars with his Bridget Jones rival Hugh Grant! We know that Colin Firth has appeared in countless romantic movies throughout the decade, however, we can all agree that Kingsman was one of his best roles to date and he'll be reprising the role of Harry Hart for its sequel.
Bill Nighy is one of the actors in Love Actually that united a lot of fandoms. I mean, he's also Rufus Scrimegour and Davy Jones! And if you see Love Actually as an alternate muggle world, then you can't unsee the Minister for Magic, and his loose behavior as an ageing rocker!
Knightley was a blushing bride in the film who married Rick Grimes's - I mean Andrew Lincoln's - best friend in the movie. Later on, she truly gained widespread recognition when she was cast as Elizabeth Swann in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise!
Love Actually really unites all the fandoms and we look no further than Andrew Lincoln - he added zombies and horror into the mix! Obviously, Love Actually is set in a pre-zombie world, and one of the survivors was Mark. Remember, his reasoning for being such a reserved person is because he's always thinking of self-preservation.
Chiwetel Eijofor starred as Elizabeth Swann's groom in this movie, but that didn't stop us from shipping Mark (Grimes) and Juliet (Knightley). He wasn't a very interesting character in Love Actually, but his role as the Operative in Joss Whedon's space western film Serenity has more depth. He's a nameless agent with blood on his hands, but he redeemed himself in the end, because in reality he was just doing his job. Ejiofor was also in 12 Years A Slave, but his other popular nerdy project is Baron Mordo in this year's Doctor Strange.
Re-watching Love Actually and realizing that the American Colin found was in fact January Jones, was shocking. Her role is minor in Love Actually, but it's worth noting that if you didn't realize it was her before, you'd do now that you've seen her in acclaimed projects such as X-Men: First Class and Mad Men.
We first encounter Martin Freeman in a very compromising position in Love Actually, because he was a stand-in. Even though he was the one without a very eventful story, he did get his happily ever-after with his co-worker, and the situation of their meeting is definitely an interesting story. In the years that came after Love Actually, we got to know him as Dr. Watson in Sherlock and of course, Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit.
Karl, Laura Linney's co-worker that she's been in love with for two years is a chameleon. He's had several cameos in movies we know, yet we didn't realize it's him. His most memorable and unrecognizable role to date is his portrayal of Xerxes in 300 and its follow-up film. And did you know that he's also the ruthless and Most Wanted bandit Hector Escaton in HBO's Westworld?
If you think about it, even the minor characters in Love Actually has been so immensely popular in the past 13 years: Martin Freeman is Dr. Watson and The Hobbit, January Jones was in X-Men and Mad Men, and Chiwetel Ejiofor was in 12 Years a Slave. And as the years go on, we'll call the actors their famous character name, even though they're technically different for this movie (like, 'isn't that Snape and Trelawney?').
Seriously, is there anyone in the major fandoms that hasn't starred in Love Actually? This isn't where their careers began, but from here it blossomed. And everyone left us with a romantic Christmas movie that is basically the stuff of our present-day fan-fictionish fantasies.
Who is your favorite 'Love Actually' character? Let us know in the comments!