Joe Alwyn reveals he nearly starred in Love Actually and had multiple auditions for the role of lovestruck youngster Sam

His career has gone from strength-to-strength as he currently promotes his latest film Mary Queen of Scots.

And Joe Alwyn has revealed that he nearly starred in Love Actually and had multiple auditions for the role of Sam.

The actor, 27, shared the news during an appearance on Live With Kelly and Ryan in New York City earlier this week.

During the interview, Joe revealed that he had auditioned for the role of Liam Neeson’s character’s stepson, Sam.

The role went to Thomas Brodie-Sangster, whose second cousin is Hugh Grant, who also starred in the film as The Prime Minister.

Sam is the lovestruck youngster in the movie who falls in love with his fellow classmate, Joanna, and took up drum lessons so he could perform on stage with her at his school’s Christmas show.

He said: ‘It meant that I got time off of school to go to this audition, so I went to it.

‘They had me back for another one and another one. And there was a whole series of workshops.

‘I didn’t get in, obviously, but I do remember meeting Hugh Grant and [writer-director] Richard Curtis and sitting down and reading some scenes.’

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