13 Stars You Completely Forgot Were In ‘Love Actually’

While we all remember Love Actually for Hugh Grant‘s epic dance moves and the reunion of Emma Thompson and our beloved Alan Rickman, there are quite a few really well-known stars who were also involved in the project. Though many of these actors and actresses’ roles weren’t all that memorable, they still contributed a great deal to the film’s story. Here are 13 stars you completely forgot were in Love Actually.

1
January Jones - Jeannie
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Long before she was slaying the '60s as Betty Draper on Mad Men, January Jones was a virtually unknown actress with a teeny tiny role as a co-ed Jeannie in Love Actually. It's hard to believe its been almost 15 years since the film premiered because Jones is looking as flawless as ever.
2
Billy Bob Thornton - President of the United States
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You probably remember Bad Santa as Billy Bob Thornton's only Christmas film. However, if you're as obsessed with Love Actually as we are then you probably remember that he played the President of the United States in the film. Unfortunately, Thorton's POTUS  pissed of the Hugh Grant's character the Prime Minister of England by sexually harassing his secretary. It was very naughty.
3
Martin Freeman - John
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We're sure it slipped your mind that Sherlock and The Hobbit star, Martin Freeman had an epic story-line in Love Actually. In the film, he plays John, a shy nude body double. By the end of the film, sweet John gathers the courage to ask his co-star out on a Christmas date. If you watch Love Actually on TV, Martin's role is usually cut out of the film, so we understand why you've forgotten this role!
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Andrew Lincoln - Mark
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We know you're probably obsessed with Andrew Lincoln's portrayal of the kick-ass Rick Grimes on AMC's The Walking Dead. However, we bet it slipped your mind that the English actor also played Mark; a man desperately in love with his best friend's wife in Love Actually. Lincoln had one of the sweetest declarations of love ever in film.
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Chiwetel Ejiofor - Peter
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Long before he was nominated for an Academy Award for his stunning portrayal of Solomon Northup in 12 Years a Slave, Chiwetel Ejiofor starred as Peter in Love Actually, the unsuspecting man whose best friend was in love with his wife.
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Thomas Brodie Sangster - Sam
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Universal Pictures
You probably remember the little boy Sam from Love Actually, who was obsessed with Titanic and was desperate to express his feelings to the girl of his dreams. You may very well remember all of this, but you might not realize that this little boy was Thomas Brodie-Sangster. Now that Brodie-Sangster is all grown up he's been heard on Disney's Phineas and Ferb and he also played Jojen Reed on HBO's Game of Thrones.
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Denise Richards - Carla
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Long before she was a reality show star, Denise Richards had a super quick cameo at the end of Love Actually. Richards starred as an American girl who accompanies nerdy Colin back to the U.K. in hopes of finding love herself.
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Keira Knightley - Juliet
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Yes it's true, Keira Knightley does play characters that live in the 21st century. In Love Actually, the British actress plays Juliet, a newlywed who discovers that her hubby's BFF is in love with her. The role is super sweet.
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Rodrigo Santoro - Karl
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It's not wonder that Laura Linney's character Sarah was desperately in love with Rodrigo Santoro's character's Karl, after all, the man is fine AF. You were probably so distracted by Santoro's stunning face, that you forgot he was actually in Love Actually.
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Elisha Cuthbert
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Though you surely recognize Elisha Cuthbert from 24 or One Big Happy you probably missed that she was one of the girls that picked nerdy Colin up when he arrived in a bar in America.
11
Rowan Atkinson - Rufus
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You probably know Rowan Atkinson as Mr. Bean, but we bet you missed his cameo in Love Actually. In the film, Mr. Bean stars as a shopkeeper who elaborately wraps a naughty gift for Alan Rickman's character. (RIP ALAN!)
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Claudia Schiffer - Carol
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Liam Neeson's character Daniel waxed poetic about his love for supermodel Claudia Schiffer throughout the entire film, so it was perfect to have the real Schiffer step in as Carol, his potential new love interest at the end of Love Actually.
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Shannon Elizabeth - Harriet
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Universal Pictures
You probably recognize Shannon Elizabeth from the early millennium gems American Pie and Scary Movie, but we bet you didn't put two and two together that she was Colin's new American girlfriend that he brings back with him to the UK at the end of Love Actually.

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