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The One and Only is a 2002 British romantic comedy film directed by Simon Cellan Jones, and starring Richard Roxburgh, Justine Waddell and Sharon Scurfield. The film is a remake of Susanne Bier's 1999 Danish box-office hit Den Eneste Ene. Supported by the Newcastle City Council to promote a positive image of the city, the story was reset in Newcastle and Gateshead.

The One and Only
Directed bySimon Cellan Jones
Produced byLeslee Udwin
Written byPeter Flannery (English adaptation)
Kim Fupz Aakeson (original screenplay)
Susanne Bier (uncredited original story)
StarringJustine Waddell
Richard Roxburgh
Jonathan Cake
Sharon Scurfield
Music byGabriel Yared
CinematographyRemi Adefarasin
Edited byPia Di Ciaula
Release date
  • 2002 (2002)
Running time
91 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


The film opens with two couples visiting their GP for childlessness. Stevie is married to Sonny, an Italian footballer who plays for Newcastle United, but who has succumbed to frequent injury. He is desperate for a child, and it soon emerges that Stevie has not really been trying. She is reluctant to become pregnant as she doesn't want to get fat. Jenny and Neil are trying to adopt, as Neil is infertile. Being childless has turned Jenny into something of a monster, and Neil now views her with dislike. He wants to break with her but is too kind- hearted. He goes ahead with the plan to adopt to keep her happy. When Stevie meets Neil on the day he comes to deliver her brand new kitchen, it's already too late for love at first sight. Too late for both of them. Stevie is already five minutes pregnant by her Italian footballer husband. And too late for Neil too - his wife Jenny has already applied to adopt an African girl. But too late or otherwise, love at first sight is exactly what happens. How can Neil and Stevie get out of their mistaken marriages and into each other's arms?


Actor Character
Justine Waddell Stevie
Richard Roxburgh Neil
Jonathan Cake Andrea "Sonny" Bufflini
Patsy Kensit Stella
Michael Hodgson Stan
Aisling O'Sullivan Jenny
Kerry Rolfe Sharon
Joan Murphy Theatre Sister
Donna Air Donna
Angel Thomas Mgala
Charlie Hardwick Doctor
Tracey Gillman Social Worker
Tom Goodman-Hill Kitchen Salesman
Trevor Fox Trevor
Joe Caffrey Joe
Judi Earl Manageress
Richard Biggers Unnamed extra

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