Since its release in 2003, the romantic comedy Love Actually has become a favorite at Christmas time for fans around the world. But more than 15 years later, new details are still emerging about the film that have surprised fans. The newest detail concerns the age difference between stars Keira Knightley and Thomas Brodie-Sangster.
In the film, Knightley played newlywed Juliet who finds out that her husband’s best friend Mark, played by Andrew Lincoln, has romantic feelings for her. One of the most iconic scenes from the movie featured Mark standing in Juliet’s doorway, quietly expressing his feelings via a series of handwritten cards while Christmas music plays on his boombox.
Yearly reminder that there is only a five year age gap between Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Keira Knightley in Love Actually pic.twitter.com/ciC4v75ZPO
— Madeleine Lloyd-Jones (@madelexne) December 14, 2019
Another member of the ensemble cast was Brodie-Sangster who played the role of Sam, a middle school student who learns how to play the drums so he can impress his crush, Joanna.
When the movie was released, Brodie-Sangster was 13 and Knightley was 18. Now, they are 29 and 34 respectively, and a viral tweet has fans losing their minds because they can’t believe that the two actors are so close in age.
The tweet featured side-by-side photos of Brodie-Sangster and Knightley from the movie, and the caption read, “Yearly reminder that there is only a five-year age gap between Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Keira Knightley in Love Actually.”
The original tweet has gone viral with thousands of likes and retweets – plus thousands of replies and memes from mind-blown fans – and others have made their own to get the message out.
“I went down the Love Actually rabbit hole and found this out last night!” read one of the replies, about Knightley and Brodie-Sangster. “Also found out that Hugh Grant was 16 years older than Martine McCutcheon, Colin Firth was 16 years older than Lucia Moniz, and Laura Linney was 11 years older than Rodrigo Santoro.”
Last week, Hugh Grant – who played the British Prime Minister in the film – revealed that he thought the famous scene where he danced through 10 Downing Street to Jump (For My Love) by the Pointer Sisters would be “the most excruciating scene ever committed to celluloid.” The 59-year-old actor added that he dreaded filming the scene, and described it as “absolute hell.”
Grant said he didn’t understand why the movie was still so popular, but he did admit that it was “nice” that watching the movie has become such a beloved Christmas tradition for fans.