From Penn Badgley and Blake Lively to Kaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki, lots of couples have begun romances after hitting it off on-screen, much to the surprise and jubilation of viewers.
Sadly, many of these relationships don’t last much longer than the honeymoon period, which, like dating any co-worker, must make things pretty awkward. However, there are always exceptions, as some couples have managed to make it work even when their characters have long since parted ways.
When you’re rich and famous, dating must be a bit of a minefield. Not only do you have to contend with paparazzi invading your business, but having an instantly recognizable name only makes getting on Tinder and looking for dates even harder.
It’s no surprise then, that some of our favorite celebrity couples met on the job. Dating your co-workers is nothing new, but there clearly is something extra romantic about being cooped up on set all day together. Given the amount of love stories that have blossomed this way, it’s fun to see a couple’s chemistry on-screen when you know it’s emphasized by what’s going on behind the camera.
There’s nothing we enjoy more than a love story, especially when it has more than one happy ending.
Here are the 15 TV Couples You Had No Idea Were Together IRL.
15. Ben McKenzie & Morena Baccarin
This attractive couple met on the set of Gotham back in 2015, where they star as a young Jim Gordon and former Arkham Asylum medical practitioner, Leslie Tompkins. Jim and Leslie have had a turbulent relationship to say the least.
The couple were engaged and Leslie was pregnant with Jim’s child, which she tragically lost while Gordon was in jail after being framed for murder. Fortunately, in real life, their love story is far less tragic.
While McKenzie claimed that he met his wife to be on the set of Gotham, Baccarin remembers things slightly differently. She claims that she was “blown off” by McKenzie on the set of The OC, where he starred as bad boy Ryan Atwood. The couple welcomed their first child together in 2016, and tied the knot in 2017.
14. Anna Paquin & Stephen Moyer
Sorry Edward and Bella, but Sookie and Bill were the the original vampire/human couple that heated up our screens back in 2008. Born in 1935, Vampire Bill Compton was a former confederate soldier who met waitress Sookie Stackhouse in Merlotte’s Bar and Grill.
“Bookie” spent much of True Blood‘s six-year run that included a lot of fooling around, drinking each other’s blood, and engaging in various wars.
There’s a whole lot less drama for Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer, however. The couple first met when they were screen testing for the HBO show, and according to Moyer, there was “just this spark.”
The chemistry throughout season one is undeniable, and the couple were married in 2010. They have two 3-year-old twins named Charlie and Poppy.
13. Emily VanCamp & Josh Bowman
If you’ve ever watched Revenge, you’ll know it’s a touch on the dramatic side. Emily VanCamp stars as Emily Thorne, who is actually called Amanda, a young woman who moves to the Hamptons to exact revenge on the Grayson family.
Thorne blames the Grayson’s for the imprisonment and subsequent death of her father. She ends up married to Daniel Grayson, played by Bowman, but divorces him soon after he shoots her twice in stomach for lying to him about being pregnant.
VanCamp and Bowmen started dating in 2011, and while the show came to an end after four seasons, the couple’s love story has only gotten stronger. VanCamp announced their engagement on Instagram back in May, where she posted a snap of herself sporting a huge diamond ring.
12. Alexis Bledel & Vincent Kartheiser
Alexis Bledel has dated a lot of her co-stars. While working on Gilmore Girls, she dated both Milo Ventimiglia and Jared Padalecki, who played two of Rory’s love interests on the show.
However, the one that stuck was her Mad Men co-star, Vincent Kartheiser. Bledel guest-starred on the period drama in 2012 when she played Beth Dawes; a married woman who sleeps with Pete Campbell (Kartheiser).
Inherently this fictional night of passion turned into something very real for the couple, who were quietly married in 2014. However, while they met on set, it’s not where things heated up.
Kartheiser told New York Magazine that they were “completely professional” while filming. It was only after Bledel’s three-episode arc that the couple took their relationship to the next level and they welcomed their first child together last fall.
11. Ginnifer Goodwin & Josh Dallas
Fairytales definitely did come true for our real life Snow White and Prince Charming, who found love while starring together on the ABC show Once Upon A Time. Charming and Snow were always destined to be together, even during the first season when the citizen’s of Storybrooke had no idea of their fairytale back stories.
As Snow and Charming were being drawn together by the pull of destiny, so were Goodwin and Dallas. While they denied being together for a while, it’s obvious that they had an immediate connection.
Dallas was married to Sherlock actor Lara Pulver when he met Goodwin on set in 2011, so the relationship did not turn romantic until he divorced Pulver that same year.
Since most of the filming was far away in Canada, the pair bonded as friends which then blossomed into something more. The couple got married in 2014 and now have two boys, Oliver and Hugo.
10. Lisa Rinna & Harry Hamlin
While Lisa and Harry didn’t actually meet on set, they have played a couple in real life. The Hollywood stars were married in 1997, but met in 1992 when Rinna was working at an eyeglass store.
Having starred as themselves on Bravo’s Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Rinna and Hamlin also played Logan’s parents on Veronica Mars from 2004-2006, with Hamlin’s Aaron Echolls serving as the main protagonist of season one.
While 20 years of marriage doesn’t come without its ups and downs, it’s nothing compared to what Aaron and Lynn Echolls went through on the show. Aaron and Lynn were both movie stars beloved by the public, but each had a very different persona behind closed doors.
Aaron’s abuse of their son, Logan, drives Lynn to pills and alcohol, and she ends her life after confronting Aaron about his infidelities and behavior. This in turn leads Logan to Veronica, seeking her out to discover if her mother really had ended her own life.
9. Natalia Dyer & Charlie Heaton
The second season of Stranger Things had many great moments, but for us Nanathan (Jancy?) fans, it was so good to see Nancy and Jonathan finally hook up after all that sexual tension in the first season.
Nancy dumped Steve at the start of season two, allowing for both characters to grow on their own. Nancy and Jonathan finally get it on in Murray’s basement, while the pair were looking to expose Hawkins Laboratory — because nothing screams sexy like government sabotage.
Their chemistry since season one has been palpable, which only fueled rumors that the couple might be dating IRL. This was only exacerbated by the pair taking cute Instagram pics together, going on vacation and cozying up on the red carpet.
They were also spotted holding hands in NYC back in October, but it was only recently that Dyer and Heaton stepped out in public together. Attending the Fashion Awards together in London, the lovebirds looked completely wrapped up in each other.
8. Dylan McDermott & Maggie Q
Having met on the 2014 crime drama Stalker, McDermott and Q have been totally swept away by each other. McDermott played maverick detective Jack Larsen, who is transferred to the Threat Assessment Unit and works under Q’s Lt. Beth Davis.
Similar to most great romances, the fictional NYPD detectives got off to a rocky start, but after a while resentment grew into romance, both on-screen and off. Beth and Jack eventually kissed before the show was canceled, but the couple took that burgeoning relationship off set and into the real world.
After the cancelation, the couple were spotted enjoying a romantic dinner together, but they made no comment on whether or not they were at item. Not long after, Q was seen sporting a large engagement ring, and the couple went public with the relationship. A date has yet to be set for the wedding.
7. Kit Harington & Rose Leslie
Someone has been keeping you in the bowels of Kings Landing if you aren’t aware of the biggest on-screen romance of the last six years. Harington and Leslie first met while filming the second season of Game of Thrones, playing perpetually emo kid Jon Snow and flame-haired wildling Ygritte.
Living among the Free Folk as a spy for the Night’s Watch, Jon quickly begins to fall for Ygritte. Season three finally sees the pair engage in a steamy cave scene worthy of HBO’s R-rated reputation.
IRL, Kit and Rose couldn’t have provided fans with any more intrigue if they tried. First they denied rumors that they were an item, but that was contradicted when it was reported that they broke up during filming.
Kit then told GQ that he was single, but after finally stepping out together in public in 2016, he told Vogue Italia that he had fallen in love with her while filming in Iceland. They announced their engagement via The Times newspaper back in September.
6. Mila Kunis & Ashton Kutcher
While this couple is neither a shock nor a secret, it’s one of the cutest TV love stories out there. Ashton and Mila played couple Kelso and Jackie in That ’70s Show back in 1998, when Kunis was just 14 years old.
She revealed that he was her first kiss, and told People that she had the biggest crush on Ashton at the time. On-screen, Kelso and Jackie have a rough time of it, which ends with Kelso fleeing to California after Jackie brings up marriage.
Ashton left That ’70s Show in 2006, and famously married (and then divorced) Demi Moore. During this time, Mila dated Home Alone star Macauley Culkin for eight years. The couple reunited in 2012 and were heavily rumored to be dating.
In 2014, Ashton popped the question and it was announced that they were expecting their first child together. They tied the knot a year later.
5. Evan Peters & Emma Roberts
Evan and Emma actually got together while filming the movie Adult World in 2012 and have since starred in various roles on American Horror Story.
Since then they have had more ups and downs than American Horror Story: Hotel. After they got together, the first signs of real life drama happened when Roberts was arrested for allegedly assaulting Peters. Five months later, Peters popped the question and Roberts was spotted sporting an engagement ring.
A year later the pair called off their engagement, claiming the breakup was mutual. They got back together in 2015, broke up, * and have since got back together. For the time being they’re still together, but who knows how long it will last given their rocky history.
4. Keri Russell & Matthew Rhys
Russell and Rhys star as Elizabeth and Philip Jennings, two KGB spies posing as a married American couple during the Cold War on FX’s The Americans.
While they managed to keep their real life relationship under wraps for a year, they were outed after being spotted hanging out together. They actually first met years before.
Ten years prior the to being on the show, Rhys drunkenly asked for Russell’s phone number in a parking lot. He proceeded to call her, but she never called back.
It wasn’t until years later that the pair realized they were made for each other. The couple have since welcomed their first child, and still star on The Americans, which has been renewed for a sixth season.
3. Tea Leoni & Tim Daly
This love story began with the two starring as a married couple on CBS’s political drama Madame Secretary. Daly plays Dr. Henry McCord, a retired United States Marine Corps captain who is married to Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord, played by Tea Leoni.
The couple’s sizzling chemistry moved off-screen a year after the show premiered, and came as a huge surprise to all their co-stars. Leoni had previously been married to actor David Duchovny, but they divorced in 2014, paving the way for her new romantic adventure.
Leoni and Daly actually knew each other before they hooked up, but it was only on the set of Madam Secretary that they really got to know each other. The couple have been dating ever since, and the show is now in the middle of its fourth season.
2. Kelly Ripa & Mark Consuelos
Fans of All My Children should know all about this one. For those that don’t, Ripa and Consuelos have spent twenty years together and their relationship could not be better.
Ripa was an established cast member on the ABC soap All My Children when Consuelos joined the cast as Ripa’s on-again/off-again husband Mateo.
Soon after joining the show, the couple were dating in real life, but they kept it a secret from their cast members.
They eloped to Vegas in 1996 after Consuelos popped the question over pizza and wine, and have since had three children together. Ripa’s career has made her a household name, especially since she left the soap in 2002 to join Live! With Regis & Kelly. After twenty years of married bliss the couple “still really dig each other.”
1. Tom Hardy & Charlotte Riley
Sorry everyone, Tom Hardy is well and truly taken. The actor has been married to wife Charlotte Riley since 2014 — but did you know that they also played a TV couple before they got together in real life? In fact, they starred as the ill-fated Heathcliff and Catherine in the 2009 BBC adaption of Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights.
Thankfully, their real relationship has been far less riddled with revenge and jealously. The couple got married in secret and welcomed their first son in 2015. They have also starred alongside each other in Peaky Blinders, The Take, and are reportedly working together on another BBC drama called Sticky.
The fact that they continue to work together successfully after years of marriage speaks wonders to the amount of love these actors have for each other.
Do you know of any other TV couples who made it work IRL? Ley us know in the comments!
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