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Four Weddings and a Funeral anniversary: What happened to the cast?

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Has it really been 20 years? We hadn't noticed. Prepare to feel old, because this week romantic comedy classic Four Weddings and a Funeral celebrates a landmark anniversary.

The Richard Curtis-penned film delivered exactly what its title promised and so much more. It was funny, charming and packed with brilliant performances from a stellar Brit cast. Without it Hugh Grant would never have hit the Hollywood A-list and Wet Wet Wet wouldn't have spent what felt like an eternity at the top of the UK singles chart.

But what are the cast up to two decades on? We take a look at the key players then and now below...

Hugh Grant

The cast of Four Weddings and a Funeral then and now: Hugh Grant

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Hugh Grant was a respected supporting actor in the Brit film industry prior to Four Weddings thanks to roles in Remains of the Day and Sirens. Things changed overnight after his role as the ever-so-British and lovelorn Charles.

Leading man roles in Notting Hill and About A Boy followed as Grant swiftly became the king of rom-coms. He was never far away from the headlines, however, thanks to his relationship with Elizabeth Hurley and an ill-advised tryst on Sunset Boulevard.

In recent years he's stepped away from acting, and is perhaps most notable for his role in the News of the World phone hacking scandal and the Hacked Off campaign.

Andie MacDowell

The cast of Four Weddings and a Funeral then and now: Andie MacDowell

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A model for Yves Saint Laurent and Calvin Klein early in her career, Andie MacDowell transitioned to acting in the '80s with roles in St Elmo's Fire and the critically acclaimed Sex, Lies, and Videotape. Her casting in Four Weddings, as the object of Charles's affection Carrie, crucially gave the film international appeal and helped to sell it to American audiences.

Post-Four Weddings MacDowell was a staple of mid-'90s rom-coms (Multiplicity, Michael) but more recently she's taken on small screen work. She was last seen leading the Hallmark series Cedar Cove.

Kristin Scott Thomas

The cast of Four Weddings and a Funeral then and now: Kristin Scott Thomas

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Kristin Scott Thomas split her time in both the French and British film industries before and after Four Weddings. She worked as an au pair in Paris and married a Frenchman as her acting career took off in the '90s, and after playing Four Weddings' Fiona she went on to win an Oscar nomination for The English Patient. Subsequently she worked alongside leading men such as Robert Redford (The Horse Whisperer), Harrison Ford (Random Hearts) and Tom Cruise (Mission: Impossible).

Recently film fans will have seen her in Bel Ami and in a scene-stealing, hot-pink-tracksuited turn opposite Ryan Gosling in Only God Forgives.

John Hannah

The cast of Four Weddings and a Funeral then and now: John Hannah

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John Hannah's recitation of WH Auden's Funeral Blues is perhaps the most heart-wrenching moment of Four Weddings, so it's no surprise the Scottish actor (whose CV prior was mainly TV guest spots) saw a massive career boost after the film's release.

Sliding Doors provided Hannah with perhaps his most memorable screen role, while he also landed a recurring part in The Mummy franchise. Over the last few years he's been visible on TV, with memorable turns in Spartacus, Damages and A Touch of Cloth to name just three.

Simon Callow

The cast of Four Weddings and a Funeral then and now: Simon Callow

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A highly-respected stage and screen actor since the '70s, Callow felt the 'Four Weddings Effect' after his brilliant BAFTA-nominated turn as Gareth. He was the villain in Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls and has appeared in everything from Shakespeare In Love to Doctor Who (where he memorably played Charles Dickens).

Callow has continued to juggle theatre, film and TV work ever since, while also writing biographies on Oscar Wilde, Charles Laughton and Orson Welles. It's probably no exaggeration to say he's a bit of a national treasure.

James Fleet

The cast of Four Weddings and a Funeral then and now: James Fleet

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Prior to playing Four Weddings' bumbling Tom, James Fleet performed on stage for the RSC and had roles in radio and TV. The Curtis work he's perhaps best known for, however, is as the well-meaning Hugo in The Vicar of Dibley.

It's a role he's played as recently as last year (for a Comic Relief special), but he'll also be familiar thanks to Little Dorrit and a short stint on Coronation Street.

Rowan Atkinson

The cast of Four Weddings and a Funeral then and now: Rowan Atkinson

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Rowan Atkinson was already familiar to Four Weddings writer Richard Curtis after the pair worked together on Blackadder and Mr Bean. Atkinson was perfect for the role of Father Gerald, the nervous priest who fumbled his way through several of the film's titular ceremonies.

He later took Bean to the big screen for two feature-length adventures before retiring the character after an appearance at the 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony. He reunited with Curtis for his directorial debut Love Actually, but has taken a backseat from acting in recent times - 2011's Johnny English Reborn is his last credited film.

Charlotte Coleman

The cast of Four Weddings and a Funeral then and now: Charlotte Coleman (In 1997)

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A child star thanks to her role in Worzel Gummidge in the late '70s and early '80s, Charlotte Coleman was a regular on British TV until Four Weddings brought her international recognition.

Afterwards she appeared with Dylan Moran in the short-lived comedy How Do You Want Me? and films The Young Poisoner's Handbook and Different for Girls.

She passed away tragically in 2001, at just 33, after suffering a bronchial asthma attack at her home in London. Her final screen role was in Double Act, a TV movie broadcast in 2002.

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