18 Celebrity Couples Who Met on TV Shows

Celia San Miguel | May 14, 2016 TV

Sometimes there's a reason why audiences find the furtive glances and flirty exchanges between their favorite TV stars so believable — the celebrities have an undeniable chemistry off-screen as well. While on-set flings are a common occurrence in Hollywood, most fizzle out as quickly as they ignite. In some instances, however, they've been the first chapter of a love story.

Some of Hollywood's most endearing couples — among them Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani, and Alyson Hannigan and Alexis Denisof — met while working together on a TV show, dispelling the myth that it's a bad idea to mix work and play. Here are some costars who eventually discovered they were scripted to be together.

 

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  • Anna Paquin & Stephen Moyer

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    Ah, sookie sookie now! Stephen Moyer, who played vampire Bill Compton in HBO's True Blood, says he felt an instant spark with co-star Anna Paquin, who starred as waitress Sookie Stackhouse. The two's fang-tastic chemistry led to some steamy sex scenes and a real-life love affair that resulted in marriage. Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer wed in August 2010 and are the proud parents of 3-year-old twins Charlie and Poppy.

  • Alexis Bledel & Vincent Kartheiser

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    In season 5 of AMC's Mad Men, Pete Campbell (played by Vincent Kartheiser) began an affair with the unhappily married Beth Dawes (Gilmore Girls alum Alexis Bledel). In the series, Dawes eventually forgot Campbell after undergoing electroshock therapy to treat depression. In real life, however, Alexis Bledel and Vincent Kartheiser stayed on each other's minds: The blue-eyed cuties wed in June 2014.

  • Gwen Stefani & Blake Shelton

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    While reeling from the demise of their respective marriages in the summer of 2015, The Voice judges Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton found solace in one another — and, eventually, love. Though initially coy about their liaison, Stefani and Shelton went public in November and have put on quite the love-fest ever since, even recording a duet about their romance. Talk about making sweet music together!

  • Morena Baccarin & Benjamin McKenzie

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    When Detective Jim Gordon and Dr. Leslie Thompkins shared their first kiss on Gotham, the electricity between them was palpable. Apparently, it wasn't hard for co-stars Benjamin McKenzie and Morena Baccarin to convey such red-hot passion. In September 2015, the two confirmed they were an item and that Baccarin was 3 1/2 months pregnant. The report raised eyebrows since Baccarin was in the middle of a contentious divorce from estranged husband Austin Chick. On March 2, the Gotham co-stars welcomed daughter Frances and, two weeks later, Baccarin's divorce was granted.

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  • Lauren Graham & Peter Krause

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    They played brother and sister on NBC's Parenthood, but the bond that developed between Peter Krause and Lauren Graham was not exactly that of a sibling relationship. Dating since 2010, Krause and Graham share a home in Los Angeles. "Nobody knew about [the relationship] for a while, because we like to be at home, cooking and not going out," Graham told Redbook about why her relationship with Krause hasn't been tabloid fodder.

  • Ashton Kutcher & Mila Kunis

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    When Kelso (Ashton Kutcher) got down on one knee before his girlfriend Jackie (Mila Kunis) on That '70s Show — holding a blue balloon, no less! — she was quick to turn him down. The scene presumably played out much differently in real life — albeit 10 years later. Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher wed in July 2015, nine months after the birth of their daughter, Wyatt.

  • Will Smith & Jada Pinkett Smith

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    When Jada Pinkett auditioned to play Will Smith's girlfriend Lisa on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air back in 1995, producers decided she was too short for the part. Smith clearly wasn't bothered by the height difference and began dating the petite Pinkett. In December 1997, they both took on new and exciting roles as husband and wife. Note to casting agents and producers: Sometimes great things come in small packages!

  • Keri Russell & Matthew Rhys

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    Their on-screen marriage may have been orchestrated by the KGB, but there's nothing forced or contrived about the real-life relationship between Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys. In March 2014, after months of media speculation, the stars of FX's The Americans confirmed their romance and, in January, news surfaced that they were expecting their first child together.

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  • Ginnifer Goodwin & Josh Dallas

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    Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas found their "happily ever after" while working together on the aptly dubbed ABC series Once Upon a Time. Goodwin, who plays Snow White, and Dallas, who plays Prince Charming, became an item in early 2012. Since then, they've enjoyed a fairy-tale romance, marrying in April 2014, a month before welcoming son Oliver Finlay into the world. Goodwin is now pregnant with their second child: another boy for the happy couple's growing kingdom!

  • Grace Gealy & Trai Byers

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    Empire co-stars Grace Gealy and Trai Byers tied the knot in April during a private ceremony on Grand Cayman Island. Gealy, who plays Anika Calhoun on the hip-hop soap, admitted she wouldn't have dated a colleague unless she was certain that it was the real thing. "If you get involved at your workplace, you have to know that [it's] something that you want to be invested in, and not just something that is frivolous and fleeting," she said on FabLife.

  • Dylan McDermott & Maggie Q

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    Right as the CBS drama Stalker was premiering in October 2014, rumors swirled that co-stars Maggie Q and Dylan McDermott were getting cozy IRL. Sure enough, in January 2015, they not only made their first public appearance as a couple, but they also revealed they were engaged! While their detective characters' partnership came to a close with Stalker's cancellation, the actors' romantic partnership is just beginning.

  • Kit Harington & Rose Leslie

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    Fans of HBO's Game of Thrones love trading theories — not just about impending plot twists but also about the lives of the actors who bring the series to life. Since 2012, rumors have swirled about a romance between Kit Harington (who plays Jon Snow) and Rose Leslie (who played wildling woman Ygritte). Despite rumors of breakups and make-ups over the years, both actors remained tight-lipped — that is, until the 2016 Olivier Awards, when Harington and Leslie stepped out as an official couple.

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  • Alyson Hannigan & Alexis Denisof

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    Hollywood isn't exactly known as a place brimming with long-lasting relationships, but there are some romantic success stories in Tinseltown. Alyson Hannigan and Alexis Denisof are still going strong after 13 years of marriage and two daughters: Satyana, 7, and Keeva, 3. The lovebirds met when Denisof guest starred on Buffy the Vampire Slayer but kept things platonic for a year before taking their friendship to the next level.

  • Samira Wiley & Lauren Morelli

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    Who would've guessed that love would blossom at the Litchfield? Orange Is The New Black writer Lauren Morelli came out of the closet in a May 2014 Identities.mic essay, revealing that she'd had an epiphany about her sexual orientation during her two years working on the series. Opting to embrace her truth, Morelli (left) amicably divorced her husband of two years, Steve Basilone, and began dating actress Samira Wiley, who plays inmate Poussey Washington. "I went through it all on set: I fell in love with a woman, and I watched my life play out on screen," Morelli wrote.

  • Téa Leoni & Tim Daly

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    Madam Secretary co-stars Téa Leoni and Tim Daily made their debut as a couple in April 2015 at the White House Correspondents' Dinner in Washington, DC, an event totally befitting of Leoni's TV character, US Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord, and Daly's professor alter ego, Henry McCord.

  • Emily VanCamp & Josh Bowman

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    As Emily Thorne (née Amanda Clark) on ABC's Revenge, Emily VanCamp sought to avenge her father's death and take down the duplicitous and morally corrupt Grayson family — even if it meant that the kindhearted and charming scion of the wealthy clan, Daniel Grayson (played by Joshua Bowman), wound up as collateral damage. Off-screen, there's anything but bad blood between the co-stars, who became an item in 2012. Though they're tight-lipped about their relationship, Emily VanCamp and Josh Bowman often engage in PDA when spending time together.

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  • Charlie Day & Mary Elizabeth Ellis

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    On It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, bar owner Charlie (played by Charlie Day) hopelessly pines after a coffee house waitress (played by Mary Elizabeth Ellis) who repeatedly spurns his advances. In real life, Ellis welcomes all of Day's attention: The two have been married since 2006. The funny couple actually met in 2001, while playing incestuous siblings on Reno 911!

  • Kelly Ripa & Mark Consuelos

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    After landing his breakthrough role in All My Children back in 1995, actor Mark Consuelos fell for co-star Kelly Ripa. The couple got hitched in May 1996 and went on to have three beautiful children: Michael, 18; Lola, 14; and Joaquin, 13. The bubbly Live! host recently posted a photo of their 20th anniversary celebration on Instagram, captioning it "The Roaring 20! I love you @instasuelos #cheerstotwentyyears."

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