What does Joanna in Love in fact appear to be now and does she seem like Meghan Markle?


Joanna was played by talented actress Olivia Olson who was just 11 when Love Actually was filmed, and is now 27 and working as a singer and voice-over artist.

 Olivia stole viewers hearts with the rendition of All I Want for Christmas


About Joanna
Joanna is a feminine given name deriving from Koine Greek Ἰωάννα Iōanna from Hebrew יוֹחָנָה Yôḥānnāh meaning ‘God is gracious’. Variants in English include Joan, Joann, Joanne, and Johanna. Other forms of the name in English are Jan, Jane, Janet, Janice, Jean, and Jeanne.
The earliest recorded occurrence of the name Joanna, in Luke 8:3, refers to the disciple “Joanna the wife of Chuza,” who was an associate of Mary Magdalene. Her name as given is Greek in form, although it ultimately originated from the Hebrew masculine name יְהוֹחָנָן Yehôḥānān or יוֹחָנָן Yôḥānān meaning ‘God is gracious’. In Greek this name became Ιωαννης Iōannēs, from which Iōanna was derived by giving it a feminine ending. The name Joanna, like Yehohanan, was associated with Hasmonean families. Saint Joanna was culturally Hellenized, thus bearing the Grecian adaptation of a Jewish name, as was commonly done in her milieu.At the beginning of the Christian era, the names Iōanna and Iōannēs were already common in Judea. The name Joanna and its equivalents became popular for women “all at once” beginning in the 12th century in Navarre and the south of France. In England, the name did not become current until the 19th century.The original Latin form Joanna was used in English to translate the equivalents in other languages; for example, Juana la Loca is known in English as Joanna the Mad. The variant form Johanna originated in Latin in the Middle Ages, by analogy with the Latin masculine name Johannes. The Greek form lacks a medial -h- because in Greek /h/ could only occur initially.
The Hebrew name יוֹחָנָה Yôḥānnāh forms a feminine equivalent in Hebrew for the name Joanna and its variants. The Christian Arabic form of John is يوحنّا Yūḥannā, based on the Judeo-Aramaic form of the name. For Joanna, Arabic translations of the Bible use يونّا Yuwannā based on Syriac ܝܘܚܢ Yoanna, which in turn is based on the Greek form Iōanna.
Sometimes in modern English Joanna is reinterpreted as a compound of the two names Jo and Anna, and therefore given a spelling like JoAnna, Jo-Anna, or Jo Anna. However, the original name Joanna is a single unit, not a compound. The names Hannah, Anna, Anne, Ann are etymologically related to Joanna just the same: they are derived from Hebrew חַנָּה Ḥannāh ‘grace’ from the same verbal root meaning ‘to be gracious’.

What does Joanna in Love Actually look like now and does she look like Meghan Markle?

About Actually
Actually (stylised as Pet Shop Boys, actually.) is the second studio album by English synth-pop duo Pet Shop Boys. It was released on 7 September 1987 by Parlophone in the United Kingdom and by EMI Manhattan in the United States and Canada. According to Neil Tennant and music historian Wayne Studer, Actually loosely critiques Thatcherism, the political zeitgeist of the 1980s, and was recorded in anticipation of Margaret Thatcher’s re-election.Actually is featured in the 2005 musical reference book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, and in 2006 Q magazine placed the album at number 22 in its list of the “40 Best Albums of the ’80s”. In 2012, Slant Magazine listed the album at number 88 on its list of “Best Albums of the 1980s”.

Olivia stole viewers hearts with the rendition of All I Want for ChristmasCredit: Universal Pictures

Who is Olivia Olson?

Olivia Olson is an LA-based actress who is most famous for being one of the youngest members of the original cast of Love Actually.

The now-27-year-old played the super-cute child singer Joanna who was the object of affection for Sam, the son of Liam Neeson.

What does Joanna in Love Actually look like now and does she look like Meghan Markle?

She is of Jamaican and Swedish descent and is the adoptive daughter of comedy writer Martin Olson.

 She is of Jamaican and Swedish descent and is the adoptive daughter of comedy writer Martin Olson


She is of Jamaican and Swedish descent and is the adoptive daughter of comedy writer Martin OlsonCredit: Getty Images

Who was Olivia Olson in Love Actually?

Audiences were enthralled with Joanna and Sam’s cute love story, which wasn’t sad like Emma Thompson and Alan Rickman’s, or like Andrew Lincoln’s who held up signs declaring his love to his best friend’s wife.

In the Christmas film, Olivia played the crush of schoolboy Sam who learned to play the drums to impress her after his mother died.

At the end of the film, he chased her through the airport on Christmas Eve to declare his love before she moved back to America and managed to bag himself a kiss on the cheek as a reward.

Although most of us will remember her for her iconic performance of Mariah Cary’s, All I Want For Christmas, in the school play, with love struck Sam backing up Joanna on drums.

Richard Curtis who made Love Actually later revealed that Olivia’s version of the song was so good, he was worried people wouldn’t believe it was actually her singing, so edited in post-production to make it sound more realistic.

She made a return in 2017 for Red Nose Day Actually, a brand new, ten-minute sequel to Love Actually, created by original writer and director Richard Curtis for Comic Relief.

Most of the original cast signed up to reprise their roles in Red Nose Day Actually.

They included Hugh Grant, Martine McCutcheon, Keira Knightley, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Andrew Lincoln, Bill Nighy, Rowan Atkinson, Marcus Brigstocke, Olivia Olson and Game of Thrones star Thomas Brodie-Sangster.

The Love Actually sequel was shown as part of Red Nose Day 2017 on Friday, March 24 on BBC One.

 Olivia was the cute little American girl on Love Actually


Olivia was the cute little American girl on Love ActuallyCredit: Alamy

What else has Olivia Olson done since Love Actually?

Recently Olivia voiced the character Vanessa Doofenshmirtz in Phineas and Ferb and currently voices the Marceline the Vampire Queen in Adventure Time.

As if acting and singing weren’t enough, Olivia is also a talented writer, having written a part of the best selling adventure Time Encyclopedia.

In 2013, she released her debut EP, Beauty in Chaos and has her own YouTube channel with more than 19,000 followers and shares personal photos with her fans on social media.

 Olivia is now 27-years-old and is on X Factor: Celebrity
Olivia is now 27-years-old and is on X Factor: CelebrityCredit: PA:Press Association

When is Olivia Olson on X Factor: Celebrity?

You can catch Olivia on the celebrity version of X Factor TONIGHT (October 12, 2019).

The show starts at 8.35pm.

It is set to run for six weeks.


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Following Prince Harry’s engagement to US actress Meghan Markle, people began drawing comparisons online between the couple and Sam and Joanna in the 2003 hit.

Twitter users noticed several similarities between the real life and fictional couples including Sam’s red hair and Joanna’s passion for the performing arts – a passion shared by Suits actress Markle.

Some also remarked upon how in Love Actually, Sam struggles to find happiness after the loss of his mother, another link with Prince Harry who lost his mother Princess Diana to a car crash in 1997.