30 TV Couples Who Also Dated in Real Life
We’ve got love on the brain – particularly small-screen love. Sometimes sizzling onscreen chemistry between two stars really isn’t acting at all, and so many couples have fallen in love on movie sets – and the same is true for TV stars. There are couples who have been together for many years, pairs we’ll never forget, and those you may not have even known were together.
Not all these couples have gone the distance, such as Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart from “Riverdale,” whose onscreen relationship apparently made their breakup even more complicated, or Madelyn Cline and Chase Stokes, who had to continue working together on “Outer Banks” even after they split – though apparently, there’s no drama between them.
But a handful of couples have turned onscreen sparks into long-term offscreen romances, like Kit Harington and Rose Leslie, whose ill-fated onscreen “Game of Thrones” relationship led to marriage and two kids in the real world.
Ahead, check out these other TV couples who got together off the small screen.
– Additional reporting by Laura Meyers
Emily VanCamp and Josh Bowman
Emily VanCamp and Josh Bowman’s on-screen relationship was fraught with deception in “Revenge,” but there appears to be far less drama in their real-life romance. The pair started dating in 2012, got married in December 2018, and welcomed their first child in 2021.
Blake Lively and Penn Badgley
Keri Russell and Scott Speedman
Felicity (Keri Russell) was always torn between her love interests Noel and Ben on “Felicity,” but in real life, she chose Ben – well, the guy who played him, anyway. Scott Speedman and Russell dated for a spell while the series was airing in the early 2000s, per InStyle, though the exact dates of their relationship are not known.
Jennifer Morrison and Jesse Spencer
The “House M.D.” costars dated on the show and tied the knot, too. While their real-life counterparts also got engaged, they didn’t make it to the altar and wound up calling it quits in 2007, per People.
Maggie Q and Dylan McDermott
As partners on CBS’s “Stalker,” Maggie Q and Dylan McDermott found something far more savory than the crimes they chased on screen: each other. The two stars met on set and announced their engagement in 2015, but eventually split in February 2019, per People.
Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder
Kat Dennings and Nick Zano
In “2 Broke Girls,” Max and Johnny have a complicated flirtation, though in real life, Kat Dennings and Nick Zano seemed far less complicated. However, they broke up in 2014.
Chad Michael Murray and Sophia Bush
They were passionate high school couple Lucas and Brooke in “One Tree Hill,” and that passion carried over into a romance and eventual marriage for actors Chad Michael Murray and Sophia Bush. But much like their characters on the show, it wasn’t meant to be, and they split up after less than a year of marriage in 2006.
Alexis Bledel and Vincent Kartheiser
Leighton Meester and Sebastian Stan
In “Gossip Girl,” Carter Baizen romances both Blair and Serena, but he has more of a legitimate relationship with Serena. However, the real-life legitimate relationship was between Leighton Meester and Sebastian Stan, who dated for a couple of years while the show was still on. The pair eventually split in 2010.
Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer
Rose Leslie and Kit Harington
Jaz Sinclair and Ross Lynch
After their characters got together in “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,” Jaz Sinclair and Ross Lynch started a relationship. Though the two have been private about their romance, they did make their red carpet debut together at the Balmain show in Paris in January 2020. Their last Instagram post together was in October 2022, so the status of their relationship is currently unclear.
Kaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki
While starring in “The Big Bang Theory” together, Kaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki secretly dated for about two years. Though they eventually parted ways in 2009 after over a year together, they have remained close friends.
Jerry Ferrara and Jamie-Lynn Sigler
In “Entourage,” Turtle doesn’t have the easiest time catching the ladies’ attention – until he starts dating Jamie-Lynn Sigler, who plays herself. After her guest-starring role in 2008, the couple stayed together off screen until 2009, per CNN.
Jennifer Garner and Michael Vartan
Amy Poehler and Will Arnett
“Arrested Development”s George – aka “Gob” – marries a seal dealer who eventually joins the army to avoid her feelings for Gob’s brother-in-law, Tobias. The quirky duo are played by then-married couple Will Arnett and Amy Poehler, who started dating in 2000, got married in 2003, and announced their separation in September 2012, per People.
Jason Segel and Linda Cardellini
In the cult hit “Freaks and Geeks,” Nick – one of the freaks – can’t help but pour all his energy into Lindsay. In real life, Jason Segel and Linda Cardellini ended up dating for six years after the show was canceled, though they called it quits in 2007.
Ben McKenzie and Morena Baccarin
In “Gotham,” Ben McKenzie and Morena Baccarin have a relationship threatened by dastardly villains at every turn. But in real life, they’re blissfully married and have two kids together, per Us Weekly. Baccarin also has a son from a previous relationship.
Charlie Heaton and Natalia Dyer
For two seasons of “Stranger Things,” these two escaped monsters – and their feelings for each other – but by the end of season two, Nancy and Jonathan finally gave their relationship a real shot (sorry Steve). In real life, Charlie Heaton and Natalia Dyer are also going for it – the two stepped out as a couple for their first event in late 2017 and have been together for years now.
Melissa Benoist and Chris Wood
Jesse Plemons and Kirsten Dunst
The pair played married couple Peggy and Ed Blumquist in “Fargo” beginning in 2015, and were first spotted out together in 2017. They would up getting engaged in 2017, welcomed two kids in 2018 and 2021, and tied the knot in 2022.