One of the many love stories that make up Love Actually revolves around a young boy named Sam who is infatuated with his American classmate Joanna. Desperate to win her over, he learns to play the drums and accompanies her year-end performance of "All I Want For Christmas Is You," which may be one of the more memorable moments of the movie. But where are Sam and Joanna from Love Actually now? Their story ended happily on screen with an airport confession of affection, but what are the actors who portrayed them up to these days now that they're all grown up?
Sam was played by Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Joanna by Olivia Olson. Both are still working actors, though their careers have diverged since the days their characters bonded over Mariah Carey holiday classics. Brodie-Sangster has worked steadily in both film and television, while Olson has lent her impressive voice to quite a few animated shows. You might have heard her in one of your favorite cartoons without even realizing it was the same girl from Love Actually. It seems like she doesn't perform in front of the camera much anymore, though she did reprise her role as Joanna for the charity short Red Nose Day Actually, which reunited the movie cast.
After following up Love Actually with guest spots on The Tracy Morgan Show and Zoey 101, Olson shifted over to animated series. She has given voice performances for Phineas and Ferb (in which she voices Vanessa Doofenshmirtz) and Adventure Time (she plays Marceline the Vampire Queen), as well as The Powerpuff Girls and Steven Universe. She and Brodie-Sangster even crossed paths on Phineas and Ferb, where he voiced the titular Ferb.
Olson has a YouTube channel that she updates semi-regulalry with news about her career, adventure vlogs, and plenty of songs. If you missed Olson's voice, then there's plenty of new music for you to catch up on. She released her debut EP Beauty Is Chaos in 2013 and announced a follow-up EP in a video on her YouTube channel in July of this year. She even provided some sneak peeks of the project.
Meanwhile, Brodie-Sangster had quite a few television credits to his name even before playing Sam in Love Actually, and he picked up right where he left off when the movie ended. He also added some movie roles to the mix, snagging parts in Nanny McPhee, Bright Star, and Nowhere Boy when he wasn't guesting on Doctor Who or The Accused. Those are just a few of his numerous TV and film appearances, too; the little drummer boy has been busy.
Perhaps his most high profile roles emerged in the last few years, when he played Jojen Reed on Game of Thrones and took on Newt in The Maze Runner. The final film in that series, Maze Runner: The Death Cure, is set to release in 2018. In addition, Brodie-Sangster appeared on Wolf Hall and voiced a character for Thunderbirds Are Go, plus he reprised his role for Red Nose Day Actually. Netflix subscribers can catch him currently playing Whitey Winn on Godless, disguised by dust and a mustache.
It looks like both of the young stars from Love Actually have gone on to successful and fulfilling careers — and neither of them have even hit 30 yet. They also found themselves the subject of a meme in recent months when the Internet couldn't stop comparing Sam and Joanna to the newly engaged Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
There's bound to be even more great work coming from Brodie-Sangster and Olson as the years go by, at least if their current output is anything to go by. Isn't it nice when things work out?
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