What all the kids from Love Actually look like now – and the octopus boy is HOT

LET'S be honest – it's not really Christmas unless we have Love Actually playing on repeat in the background.

And while we can practically recite every line from the movie in our sleep, we still can't believe it's been 17 YEARS since the classic Christmas film first graced our screens.

Almost overnight, the child stars were catapulted to fame – and while some have remained actors, others have shied away from the limelight entirely.

Here Fabulous takes a look at where the kids from Love Actually are now -including one who controversially thinks it's a "s**t film".

Tom – Thomas Brodie-Sangster

Thomas Brodie-Sangster captured our hearts when he took on the role of Tom at the age of 13.

Two years later, Thomas starred in classic kids' film Nanny McPhee as the oldest of the seven children.

In 2008, he played Paul McCartney in Sam Taylor-Wood's movie Nowhere Boy about John Lennon's younger years.

14 years after the movie was released, Thomas reprised his role as Tom in the Love Actually Red Nose Day special where he was reunited with his on-screen dad Liam Neeson and love interest Joanna.

Most recently, Thomas has appeared in Game of Thrones and in Netflix's 2020 miniseries The Queen's Gambit.

Speaking to People in October this year, Thomas said: "I remember already having the part and going into the read-through and not knowing who else was in it.

"I'd just go, 'Oh, it's another job. Great. I'm on another job.' And then all these faces started walking in through the door and I realised that this is probably quite big."

Joanna – Olivia Olson

In the Christmas film, Olivia played the crush of schoolboy Sam who learned to play the drums to impress her – and who could forget her performance of All I Want for Christmas Is You at the end?

After the film wrapped, the child star went on to voice the charactersVanessa Doofenshmirtz in Phineas and Ferb and Marceline the Vampire Queen in Adventure Time.

Olivia is also a talented writer, having written a part of the best selling adventure Time Encyclopedia.

Having released her second studio album Nowhere Land in 2018, the talented singer appeared on the celebrity X Factor last year.

Octopus Boy – Billy Campbell

He may not have had the biggest role in the hit Christmas movie – but no one could forget the Octopus Boy who awkwardly sits between Hugh Grant and Martine McCutcheon during their romantic reunion.

Sadly for us, this was Billy Campbell's last acting role – but his godmother Kathy Burke did share a sweet picture of him all grown up on social media.

In 2018, she tweeted: "Want to feel old? Here's what octopus boy aka my godson, Bill looks like now."

Daisy – Lulu Popplewell

If Daisy doesn't immediately spring to mind, then chances are you'll remember her as the girl who was cast as the lobster in the Nativity.

Now 29, Lulu Popplewell is now a stand-up comedian and musician.

Appearing on the Almost Famous podcast earlier this year, Lulu admitted she isn't as big a fan of the film as you'd expect.

She said: "Look, softly be it spoken I think it's a s*** film. I think it's aged badly.

"All the women in it are sort of passive objects. I think that there was an article that described them as passive objects to be acquired, and on rewatching it's not great."

Bernie – William Wadham

William Wadham played Daisy's brother Bernie – and unfortunately didn't get as much screen time after one of his scenes were cut.

Nowadays, William is a composer for film, theatre, documentary and television.

On his website, the former child star says he got into music while studying Classics at Exeter University and was given a composition scholarship while he was still studying for his degree.

Since then, he's composed music for brands including Ford, eBay and Vivienne Westwood.

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