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Tom Wilkinson (Graham Dashwood) is married to Diana Hardcastle (Carol) in real life.
Jean reads Tulip Fever by Deborah Moggach, on whose novel These Foolish Things the film is based. Tulip Fever (2017) was filmed a few years later.
Bill Nighy and Penelope Wilton previously played husband and wife in Shaun of the Dead (2004)
At one point Madge claims to be Princess Margaret. Ramona Marquez, who plays Madge's granddaughter, played Princess Margaret as a child in The King's Speech (2010).
To save other fans the effort of research and math, here's the ages, young to old, of the principal -older- actors: (may be off by a month or two) Madge Hardcastle / Celia Imrie 60 Doug Ainslie / Bill Nighy 63 Graham Dashwood / Tom Wilkinson 64 Jean Ainslie / Penelope Wilton 66 Norman / Ronald Pickup 72 Muriel Donnely / Maggie Smith 78 Evelyn Greenslade / Judi Dench 78
Tom Wilkinson, who plays Graham Dashwood, also played Mr. Dashwood in Sense and Sensibility (1995).
Peter O'Toole and Julie Christie were to play the parts of Norman and Madge but were later replaced by Ronald Pickup and Celia Imrie. Additionally director John Madden went on to say that Eileen Atkins and John Hurt were another two actors considered for parts.
The film cast includes two Oscar winners: Judi Dench and Maggie Smith; and two Oscar nominees: Tom Wilkinson and Dev Patel.
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The film cast includes five Bafta winners: Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith; Tom Wilkinson and Dev Patel; and one Bafta nominee: Ronald Pickup.
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The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

Evelyn's voiceover at the end of the film: 'Someone once said "Everything will be alright in the end. And if it's not alright, then trust me, it's not yet the end." The someone is Bollywood mega-star Shah Rukh Khan. In his movie Om Shanti Om (2007) he says "Life is like a film, it always has a happy ending and if it's not happy then it's not the end." Evelyn's voiceover is a paraphrase of this quote.

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