16 Actors Who Make ‘Love Actually’ One of the Geekiest Casts Ever Assembled

Everyone’s favorite Christmas movie (if it’s not at least in your Top Five, I don’t think we can be friends anymore) is now over a decade old. And it turns out, the gloriously convoluted story of Londoners in love packs some serious geeky street cred. Before and after Love Actually, several members of the cast made their mark in some pretty big movies and TV shows. Here’s a catalog of their greatest hits (and this isn’t even including the various guest appearances on Doctor Who).

1. Andrew Lincoln

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All Love Actually photos © Universal Studios, 2003.

Let’s start with an obvious one. Lovesick Mark, with his cue cards and unrequited love, went on to become:

Sheriff Rick Grimes, the often-infuriating hero of The Walking Dead.

2. Alan Rickman

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Snape. Snape. Severus Snape.

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Photo © Warner Bothers Studios.

3. Martin Freeman

loveactuallyjackJack the naked stand-in went on to do all kinds of things. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, SherlockThe Hobbit. Martin Freeman is basically a geek god.

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Sherlock © BBC, The Hobbit © MGM and New Line Cinema, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy © Touchstone Pictures and Spyglass Entertainment.

4. Bill Nighy

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It’s hard to imagine a finer Bill Nighy performance than that of rock and roll legend Billy Mack. It’s the role that made him famous in the United States. That same year he played Viktor in Underworld, and after that he added the Pirates of the Caribbean and Harry Potter series to his resume.

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Pirates of the Caribbean © Disney, Underworld © Lakeshore Entertainment, Harry Potter © Warner Brothers.

5. Liam Neeson

loveactuallydanielLiam Neeson has got the movie franchise thing down, before and after he played heartbroken widower Daniel. Star Wars, Batman, The Chronicles of Narnia. Not a bad resume at all.

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Star Wars © Lucasfilm and Disney, Batman Begins © Warner Bros., The Chronicles of Narnia © Disney.

6. Thomas Sangster

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Lovesick Sam was so adorable and precocious in 2003. And now he plays these two:

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Game of Thrones © HBO, Phineas and Ferb © Disney.

7. Chiwetel Ejiofer

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He played newlywed Peter. And then he tried to hunt down Mal and the gang in Serenity.

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Serenity © Universal Pictures.

8. Emma Thompson

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Put upon Karen. Put upon Professor Trelawny.

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Photo © Warner Bothers Studios.

9. Keira Knightley

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Keira Knightley played newlywed Juliet the same year that the Pirates of the Caribbean series launched. And she also took some time to satisfy the lit geek in all of us when she played Elizabeth Bennet.

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Pirates of the Caribbean © Disney, Pride & Prejudice © Focus Features and Universal Pictures.

10. January Jones

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Sweet, sweet Jeannie from Wisconsin. Deadly Emma Frost in X-Men: First Class. Plus that Betty Draper role we hear so much about.

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X-Men: First Class © Twentieth Century Fox.

11. Colin Firth

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You might now point out that Colin Firth hasn’t really made a name for himself in sci-fi or fantasy. But he was Mr. Darcy, the original Mr. Darcy. That is all he needs to be to get on this list.

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Pride and Prejudice © BBC.

12. Rowan Atkinson

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Blackadder, blackadder! He rides a pitch black steed. Blackadder, blackadder! He’s very bad indeed. (Also, Mr. Bean).

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Photo © BBC.

13. Olivia Olson

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The little girl who blew our minds with her version of “All I Want for Christmas Is You” now does the voices of Vanessa Doofenshmirtz on Phineas and Ferb and Marceline the Vampire Queen on Adventure Time.

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Phineas and Ferb © Disney, Adventure Time © Cartoon Network.

14. Elisha Cuthbert

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She played Carol-Anne from Wisconsin. She was also on 24 for nine seasons.

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Photo © Twentieth Century Fox.

15. Sienna Guillory

loveactuallyjamiesgirlfriendRemember Jamie’s sick, cheating girlfriend in the opening scenes? She also plays Jill Valentine in the Resident Evil series.

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Photo © Constantin Film International and Capcom.

16. Rodrigo Santoro

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Poor Karl and Sarah’s romance was doomed. Just like that whole Nikki and Paolo thing on Lost.

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Photo © ABC.

Jackie Reeve is a Core Contributor and former Senior Editor at GeekMom. She's a librarian, a writer, and a quilt designer. She's wife to an Englishman and mom to a little geek girl, and she blogs about life and crafts at The Orange Room. Jackie's obsessed with cardigans and thinks Die Hard is the best Christmas movie there is.