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The age gap between 2 ‘Love Actually’ stars has people shook 

'He looks 5 and she looks 25.'


Tiffanie Drayton

Internet Culture

Published Dec 17, 2019   Updated May 19, 2021, 8:11 pm CDT

A viral tweet revealing the unexpected age gap between actors Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Keira Knightley in the Christmas comedy Love Actually has many online baffled.

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Knightley, now 34, was 18, and Brodie-Sangster, now 29, was 13 when the movie was released back in 2003.

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“Yearly reminder that there is only a five year age gap between Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Keira Knightley in Love Actually,” Twitter user @madelexne wrote, along with a photo of Knightley’s character Juliet and another of Brodie-Sangster’s character Sam.

In the love-speckled holiday flick, Sam is a middle school kid who is trying to win the affection of his crush Joanna. Juliet gets caught up in a love triangle with her husband and his best friend. And they look like they belong in completely different age brackets.

Confusion and memes ensued, with many pointing out just how big of a difference five years can make.

“He looks 5 and she looks 25,” user @MaxJLHardy wrote in response to the Twitter reveal.

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Another illustrated why the comparison is not a good representation of five-year age gaps.

“Thomas Brodie-Sangster has always looked like an infant,” Twitter user @razzlerocks wrote.

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Another pointed to Brodie-Sangster’s other roles to illustrate how he always seems to look much younger than his co-stars.

“Same age,” Twitter user @Deep_Cut_Films wrote. Deep_Cut_Films included a side-by-side of Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson and Brodie-Sangster. The two appeared in Game of Thrones together and look ages apart. Yet, there is only a two-year age difference between them. Brodie-Sangster is currently 29, and Björnsson is 31.


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That’s enough Brodie-Sangster revelations for one day.


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*First Published: Dec 17, 2019, 7:14 pm CST