15 Celebrity Couples Who Were Set Up by Other Stars

15 Celebrity Couples Who Were Set Up by Other Stars

Good friends can always rely on one another to play matchmaker whenever a potential romance arises between friends. And as it turns out, even celebrities turn to their pals for blind dates. The result: Some of the most adorable star couples are the result of celebrities getting set up by their equally famous friends. Just look at Emily Blunt and John Krasinski, who were set up by Anne Hathaway.

These celebrity couples were born of some matchmaking magic, whether they lasted or not. Which was your fave?


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  • Johnny McDaid & Courteney Cox Set Up by Ed Sheeran


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    It’s no surprise that romantic crooner Ed Sheeran set up his close friend Courteney Cox with his former housemate, Snow Patrol musician Johnny McDaid, in 2013. The pair was so grateful for the match that Sheeran was even slated to officiate their wedding. Unfortunately, Cox and McDaid reportedly split because they could not come to a compromise on living in Los Angeles or the UK.

  • Calvin Harris & Taylor Swift by Ellie Goulding


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    One of the most admired couples in the music biz is the result of one British songstress. Ellie Goulding played matchmaker for Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris, who have been dating since 2015. Goulding told The Sun she coupled them up, saying, “I did play matchmaker, that’s true. Calvin is a really great mate and he’s so fantastic, and Taylor is such a cool person who I love. I thought, ‘They’re both really awesome and both really tall, they’ll be brilliant together.’”

  • Benji Madden & Cameron Diaz by Nichole Richie


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    In an episode of Watch What Happens Live, reality star Nicole Richie admitted to setting up her brother-in-law Benji with the Charlie’s Angels actress. "I approve of anything that's going to make Benji happy," she said in July of 2014. "I'm going to take responsibility for everything!" Madden and Diaz were married in January 2015.

  • Josh Groban & Kat Dennings by Beth Behrs


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    The Two Broke Girls star and acclaimed singer may have seemed a surprising couple to some when they first started dating, but their perfect match is all thanks to Kat Dennings’s co-star, Beth Behrs, who had been friends with Josh Groban for years. "I always wanted to find him the right girl. At the time, Kat was in a relationship, so I couldn't. Then they happened to both be single for once at the same time,” Behrs told People. The couple made their relationship public in October 2014.

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  • Felicity Blunt & Stanley Tucci by Emily Blunt


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    After tragically losing his first wife to cancer, Stanley Tucci found love with Felicity Blunt, the older sister of Emily Blunt. After working with Tucci on The Devil Wears Prada, Emily thought that he would get along well with her literary agent sister. The two bonded over their shared love of literature and married in 2012.

  • Austin Stowell & Nina Dobrev by Selena Gomez


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    When Selena Gomez and Austin Stowell worked together on their film Dubious Battle, Gomez reportedly talked up her friend Nina Dobrev. Although Stowell and Dobrev had crossed paths before, it was Gomez’s encouragement that finally made the two an item. However, Stowell and Dobrev broke up in February after seven months of dating.

  • Justin Theroux & Jennifer Aniston by Robert Downey Jr.


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    Although Justin Theroux and Jennifer Aniston were married in August 2015, they were introduced back in 2007 by their mutual friend Robert Downey Jr. "He and Jen fell in a real, legit fashion and he was willing from the jump to make sacrifices,” he said of the pairing.

  • John Krasinski & Emily Blunt by Anne Hathaway


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    When John Krasinski was introduced to Emily Blunt by Anne Hathaway, it was love at first sight. Blunt and Hathaway had grown close on the set of The Devil Wears Prada, which is what lead to the couple's introduction in 2008. “I wasn’t really looking for a relationship, and I was thinking I’d take my time in LA and everything,” Krasinski said on Ellen. “Then I met her. I was so nervous. I was like, ‘Oh God, I think I’m going to fall in love with her.’ As I shook her hand, I went, ‘I like you!’”

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  • Kanye West & Kim Kardashian by Jimmy Kimmel


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    Jimmy Kimmel may not have introduced Kim Kardashian and Kanye West in the most traditional way, but he did, in some way, help them get together. The duo first met in 2008 while filming an unaired Comedy Central pilot produced by Kimmel. With the rapper as the pilot’s host, Kanye and Kim appeared in a Star Wars–themed sketch. They started dating years later in 2012 and married in 2014.

  • Joe Manganiello & Sofia Vergara by Jesse Tyler Ferguson


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    Sofia Vergara has her Modern Family castmate Jesse Tyler Ferguson to thank for her perfect match. Ferguson introduced Vergara to Manganiello, her now-husband, at a party, and after Vergara and her ex-fiancé Jose Gonzales split, Ferguson gave Manganiello the actress’s phone number. The two were married in November 2015.

  • Jake Gyllenhaal & Taylor Swift by Gwyneth Paltrow


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    Although this pairing reportedly ended with Taylor Swift writing the viciously popular breakup anthem, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” Gwyneth Paltrow did have her pal Taylor’s best interests at heart when she introduced her to Jake Gyllenhaal. She first brought them together at a dinner party at her home in London.

  • Joey Kern & Ginnifer Goodwin by Justin Long


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    After meeting on the NBC show Ed in 2001, Justin Long and Ginnifer Goodwin became such good friends that for eight years tabloids claimed they were dating. But in reality, Long is the one who introduced Goodwin to Joey Kern, her former fiancé. The two were together for two years before breaking up.

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  • Liam Hemsworth & Miley Cyrus by Bobby Coleman


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    Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth began dating on the set of their Nicholas Sparks movie, The Last Song, but they can thank a co-star for helping them get together. Cyrus used Bobby Coleman, who played her younger brother, to act as a wingman. “He is probably one of the most hysterical kids I’ve met in my life. This kid will do anything for five bucks. By the end he literally had a receipt for me. It was like $80. I paid him 10 bucks to go ask Liam if he liked me. I sent him back and forth. It was really funny,” she told Good Morning America. Cyrus and Hemsworth were engaged in 2012, and after a breakup in 2013, are reportedly back together.

  • Lamar Sally & Sherri Shepherd by Niecy Nash


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    Although Lamar Sally and Sherri Shepherd have split, Niecy Nash does not regret setting up her best friend. It was at a matchmaking party hosted by Nash that the former couple met. “I can have a matchmaking party, but I can’t tell you which man to pick,” Nash said on The Wendy Williams Show. Shepherd and Sally filed for divorce in 2014 after three years of marriage.

  • Shia LaBeouf & Carey Mulligan by Oliver Stone


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    While working with the Wall Street actors (pictured here with co-star Michael Douglas), director Oliver Stone sensed chemistry between Shia LaBeouf and Carey Mulligan right away. He took credit for the match happening in real life. "They were completely professional on the set, but there was no mistaking what was happening,” he said at the Cannes Film Festival. Mulligan and LaBeouf dated for just under a year before parting ways.

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