Thomas Brodie-Sangster shot to fame on the now-iconic Richard Curtis romantic comedy Love Actually back in 2003, at the tender age of 13.
The actor delivered a timeless performance alongside his on-screen stepdad Liam Neeson, and when he professed his love for the mystical Joanna, played by Olivia Olson, viewers found themselves completely moved.
But as with all child stars, they grow up, and Thomas has appeared in a number of incredible roles from Game of Thrones to the recent hit The Queen’s Gambit on Netflix since.
Yet appearing on This Morning this week, Thomas left viewers floored when he revealed he is now the age of 30, and it was difficult for many to match the man on the video with the loveable Sam from Love Actually.
After hearing the London-born actor talk about his experience in the industry and being one of the rare child stars to stay “grounded”, fans shared their bewilderment on Twitter at his age revelation.
“Just realised – Thomas Brodie-Sangster is 30!? #ThisMorning,” one person wrote in shock.
“He's like 30!? He looks like a kid pretending to be an adult. #thismorning,” another commented.
A third viewer said enviously: “Thomas Brodie-Sangster managed to keep his baby face and AGE at the same time. #ThisMorning.”
“Can't believe Thomas Brodie-Sangster is 30 years of age,” a fourth simply posted.
While a fifth joked: “This boy from Love Actually looks exactly the same as a grown up man #ThisMorning.”
“18 years later and Thomas is still iconic #ThisMorning,” another fan declared.
Appearing on the ITV daytime show to talk the details of his latest project Dragon Rider, Thomas told presenters Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby, who celebrates her 40th birthday today, that unfortunately he didn’t get to meet his cast-mates because the film’s an animation.
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“It’s a shame,” he said. “I still haven't met my cast mates, sometimes you get to meet your cast mates and work off each other but that's pretty rare.”
Following on from his discussion about the film’s importance to spread awareness of the environment, Thomas reflected on his critically-acclaimed role alongside Anya Taylor-Joy in The Queen’s Gambit.
On hearing Holly and Phil had actually learned to play chess since watching the series, Thomas laughed: “Aw thank you, it was great fun I don't think anyone on the project thought a project like chess would do so well. Chess magazines are very happy with us because we made chess cool again.”
The star went on to admit he is also widely-recognised even today for his character in Love Actually, as well as Game of Thrones.
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