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Heike Makatsch played the most hated character in one of the country's most beloved Christmas films, way back in November 2003.
The German beauty graced our screens as Mia, Harry’s secretary and secret love interest.
Harry, played by Alan Rickman, enters into an affair with Mia, flirting with her around the office and dancing closely at the office Christmas party despite his marriage to Karen, played by sweetheart Emma Thompson.
Their storyline is still a cult favourite despite it’s sad outcome and fans are often still distraught whenever they watch the classic rom-com.
Everyone’s hearts still break when they see Karen open her disappointing Christmas present, but what more is known about his office fling?
Despite her character’s attempts to sway Harry from his stay at home wife, in real life Heike doesn’t seem to harbour the same characteristics as the scheming Mia.
The 50-year-old actress left a lasting impression on audiences with her role in Love Actually, but has starred in many other notable Hollywood roles such as Lisa in Resident Evil and Liesel’s mother in The Book Thief.
She also hosted eight episodes of The Heike Makatsch show back in 1997 and won the Bavarian Film Award for New Actress in 1995.
Her love life matched her A-list lifestyle when she entered into a seven year relationship with James Bond actor Daniel Craig which ended in 2004. The pair met in 1996 on the set of Obsession, a romantic drama involving a love triangle between two men and a woman.
Their on-screen romance blossomed into a relationship, and they were together for nearly eight years.
They reportedly ended on good terms, but Daniel later said that long periods apart due to acting roles was a struggle for them both.
In an interview, Daniel once said: "Film sets have caused a lot of break-ups, marriages go down the tubes. It’s bloody lonely.”
Since Heike and Daniel split, they are both currently in relationships. Daniel has been married to Rachel Weisz, star of The Mummy, Black Widow and The Bourne Legacy, since 201 and the happy couple have a daughter together.
Heike is in a relationship with German actor Tystan Pütter.
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