Love Actually's Joanna Anderson all grown up

Olivia Olson, 11, as Joanna Anderson in Love Actually.
Olivia Olson, 11, as Joanna Anderson in Love Actually. 

Twelve years ago, Joanna Anderson captured young Sam's heart in one of the festive season's most enduring rom-coms, Love Actually

As actress Olivia Olson belted out Mariah Carey's well-known ballad, All I Want For Christmas Is You, in the closing scenes of the film, we were just as enamoured with her character Joanna as Sam, played by Thomas Brodie-Sangster.  

While the talented Olson, now 23 and barely recognisable, seemingly dropped off our radar after Love Actually, she has since been carving out a career for herself as a singer and voice-over actress.

Olivia Olson today, 23, attends the Adventure Time Cartoon Network Press Hour at New York Comic Con.
Olivia Olson today, 23, attends the Adventure Time Cartoon Network Press Hour at New York Comic Con. Photo: Cindy Ord/Getty

In fact, you have probably been listening to her work in your children's favourite television shows without even knowing it.

Olson voices Adventure Time's Marceline the Vampire Queen and Disney cartoon Phineas and Ferb's Vanessa Doofenshmirtz. Coincidentally, alongside her Love Actually costar, Brodie-Sangster as the voice of Ferb, better known today for his role as Jojen Reed in Game of Thrones.

The star hasn't given up on singing either, releasing her debut EP, Beauty in Chaos, in 2013. While also managing to maintain a YouTube channel with more than 19,000 followers.

Joanna kisses Sam in the airport in Love Actually.
Joanna kisses Sam in the airport in Love Actually. 

Olson may have been frozen in time for you as Love Actually's endearingly talented 11-year-old school girl, but you can now replace the image of her pecking Sam on the cheek in the airport on Christmas Eve with a more grown up picture. Kudos to Olson for sticking to what she loves. Now, go pop on an episode of Adventure Time and see if you can recognise her voice before you screen your annual viewing of Love Actually.

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