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27/09/2017 16:21 BST | Updated 21/08/2020 11:31 BST

30 Famous Couples Who Were Co-Stars Before They Found Love

From Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie to Kit Harington and Rose Leslie, this is what happens when romance blossoms on set.

When you’re spending day after day acting out some seriously passionate or romantic scenes, it’s understandable that you might start seeing your co-star in an entirely different light.

So it’s not too surprising that plenty of A-list stars have ended up in relationships with the actors they’ve starred opposite.

We’ve rounded up some of the most prolific celebrity couples who got together after acting alongside each other, and while it’s not always the recipe for lasting love, quite a few of the famous pairs have managed to go the distance after first finding love on set.

Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor

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Where did they meet?

Despite both being married at the time, Liz and Dick quickly fell in love on the set of the 1963 film Cleopatra.

Did it last?
Their tumultuous first (first!) marriage lasted a decade, with the two divorcing in 1974. They later decided to give it another go, marrying for a second time in 1975, though this lasted just a year.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie

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Where did they meet?

The two got together shortly after Brad’s split from ex-wife Jennifer Aniston, which followed the release of his and Angelina’s film, Mr And Mrs Smith.

Did it last?
For more than a decade, Brangelina was the golden couple of Hollywood, tying the knot in 2014, in a private ceremony attended by their six children.

However, celebrity lovers’ hearts everywhere were broken in 2016, when it was reported the two were seeking a divorce, with things in the months and years that followed taking a bit of a messy turn.

Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson 

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Where did they meet?

To a generation of film-loving romantics, Kristen and Robert will forever be known as Bella and Edward, the leads in the Twilight film franchise, the first of which was released in 2008.

Did it last?

The pair were famously silent on their relationship throughout the Twilight series, but in 2015 they split, following the publication of pictures of Kristen cosying up to director Rupert Sanders behind the scenes of Snow White And The Huntsman. However, Kristen denied ever having an affair with Rupert.

Rose Leslie and Kit Harington

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Where did they meet?

The two went public with their relationship in 2016, four years after meeting on the set of Game Of Thrones.

Did it last?

Kit and Rose are still going strong, having tied the knot in June 2018. The pair confirmed their engagement in September 2017, via the increasingly-popular-among-celebs method of The Times’ announcements column.

Rami Malek and Lucy Boynton

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Where did they meet?

The Bohemian Rhapsody stars’ romance began on the set of the divisive Freddie Mercury biopic.

Did it last?

As of 2020, the pair are still in a relationship, and quarantined together at home during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston

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Where did they meet?

After Jen’s ex-husband met his new partner on the set of their film, she dated a co-star herself, when she and Vince hooked up during filming on The Break-Up in 2006.

Did it last?

The pair’s romance lasted just a year, and they confirmed their split in December 2006, after growing apart while filming separate projects in different continents.

Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux

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Where did they meet?

Jennifer and Justin began their relationship in 2011, having struck up a romance while filming the Judd Apatow comedy Wanderlust.

Did it last?

The two did marry in 2015, following a three-year engagement, but it ultimately wasn’t to last, with the pair going their separate ways in 2017.

Matt Smith and Lily James

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Where did they meet?

Romance blossomed between these two on the set of the zombie-based period drama Pride And Prejudice And Zombies. Understandable sparks would fly as such a touching love story unfolded around them, right?

Did it last?

In 2020, it was reported that Matt and Lily had called time on their relationship, though after choosing to self-isolate together during lockdown, The Sun claimed things were back on between them. 

Denzel Washington and Pauletta Pearson Washington

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Where did they meet?

Denzel and Pauletta first met one another on the set of the TV film Wilma, based on the life of US Olympian Wilma Rudolph.

Did it last?

It certainly did. The pair got married in 1983, six years after meeting on the set of Wilma, and are still married to this day. They also have four children together.

Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher

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Where did they meet?

The pair met as teenagers on the set of That ’70s Show, but it was more than a decade after first meeting until they eventually got together.

Did it last?

We’re happy to report that the pair were wed in 2015, and have a daughter and a son together, Wyatt and Dimitri.

Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton

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Where did they meet?

The pair both served as coaches on the US version of The Voice, and in 2015, rumours they had started a romance soon began circulating. We just feel bad for Alicia Keys being stuck in the middle of them...

Did it last?

The two are still going strong, with Blake inspiring many of the more romantic numbers on Gwen’s album This Is What The Truth Feels Like, as well as contributing vocals on her recent Christmas album.

Anna Farris and Chris Pratt

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Where did they meet?

The two first got to know one another in 2007, on the set of Take Me Home Tonight, which starred Anna as the female lead and a pre-Guardians Of The Galaxy and Parks And Recreation Chris in a more minor role.

Did it last?

Regrettably not. The two were married for seven years, until announcing their separation in 2017. They have one child, a son called Jack.

Taylor Lautner and Taylor Swift

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Where did they meet?

Taylor Swift’s film career was short-lived (let’s just forget Cats happened, shall we?), but she starred opposite Mr Lautner in the oft-forgotten romantic comedy Valentine’s Day.

Did it last?

It’s safe to say that the Taylors are never, ever, ever getting back together. It’s since been revealed that the chart-topping singer wrote Back To December about their romance.

Adam Brody and Rachel Bilson

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Where did they meet?
Our little noughties hearts were positively overflowing when Summer and Seth’s O.C. romance spilled over into the real world.

Did it last?
Sadly not, they split after three years in 2006.

Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn

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Where did they meet?
The two had known each other for decades, but it was only when they worked on Swing Shift together that things turned romantic.

We’ll admit that we haven’t seen Swing Shift, so we’re not sure exactly why Goldie is holding a giant magnet on her head, but we’re sure it has something to do with the plot.

Did it last?

It’s been almost 40 years, but Kurt and Goldie’s romance is still going strong.

Warren Beatty and Madonna

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Where did they meet?
Following her split from first husband Sean Penn, Madonna met Warren Beatty on the set of their film Dick Tracy.

Did it last?

As anyone who’s seen In Bed With Madonna will tell you, Warren was not particularly comfortable with his girlfriend’s love of the limelight, and by the end of the documentary, she was a single woman again.

Annette Bening and Warren Beatty

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Where did they meet?

Warren actually has something of a track record when it comes to romancing his co-stars, including his now-wife Annette Bening, who he appeared opposite in Bugsy.

Did it last?

Following the success of Bugsy, Annette and Warren tied the knot in 1992, and have been together ever since.

Evan Peters and Emma Roberts

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Where did they meet?

Long before their days appearing together in various incarnations of American Horror Story, Evan and Emma played love interests in Adult World in 2012.

Did it last?

The two had a tumultuous relationship, including an incident in 2013, when Emma was arrested following a physical altercation with Evan. They became engaged for the second time in 2017, but it wasn’t to last, and they broke things off in 2019.

Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck

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Where did they meet?

In 2003, Jennifer starred as Elektra opposite Ben in Daredevil, her first co-starring film role. They began dating a year later.

Did it last?

For a long time, yes. But after a decade of marriage, they announced their separation in 2015. He’s now dating another of his co-stars, Ana De Armas, who he met while they were making the upcoming thriller Deep Water together.

Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult 

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Where did they meet?

The two stars were first introduced in 2010 on the set of the X-Men film First Class, and the two were an item for five years.

Did it last?

The two actually split shortly after both of their final outings in the X-Men franchise. Nicholas is now in a relationship with American model Bryana Holly Bezlaj, with whom he has a two-year-old son, while Jennifer married art dealer Cooke Maroney in 2019.

Tina O’Brien and Ryan Thomas

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Where did they meet?

Proving that getting together with a co-star isn’t just for Hollywood A-listers in big-budget productions, Tina and Ryan’s romance blossomed on the Weatherfield cobbles, when they were both still starring in Coronation Street.

Did it last?

The pair’s real-life romance was eventually written into the soap, but the actors went their separate ways in 2009, with Tina leaving the soap a year later, before eventually returning in 2015.

Josh Dallas and Ginnifer Goodwin

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Where did they meet?

Their characters’ love story is undeniably our favourite thing about the early seasons of Once Upon A Time, and led to them getting together for real in autumn 2011.

Did it last?

They married in 2014, and have since had two children together, also making the decision to both step down from Once Upon A Time at the end of its sixth series.

Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus 

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Where did they meet?

On the set of their film The Last Song (nah, us neither, but the book was written by Nicholas Sparks, so we’re guessing it’s some class of Notebook-esque blubfest).

Did it last?

The two separated while Miley’s Bangerz period began its ascent, but made a go of it a few years later. Sadly, this wasn’t to last either, and they split in August 2019, less than a year after marrying in a private ceremony.

Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz

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Where did they meet?

Despite having already worked together in the Spanish-language dramedy Jamón, Jamón, it was only after co-starring in Vicky Cristina Barcelona that they got together in real life.

Did it last?

They’ve now been married for over a decade, tying the knot in July 2010 and later welcoming two children.

Jenna Dewan and Channing Tatum

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Where did they meet?

After dancing up a storm on the set of Step Up, Channing and Jenna became an item in 2006, and married three years later.

Did it last?

Showbiz fans were totally devastated in 2018 when they announced it was all over. Channing has since gone on to start an on-off relationship with singer Jessie J, while Jenna now has a child with fellow actor Steve Kazee.

Lady Gaga and Taylor Kinney

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Where did they meet?

The pair acted alongside one another in one of Lady Gaga’s most ambitious music videos, Yoü And I. In the video, Taylor Kinney plays a scientist who falls in love with Gaga and somehow turns her into a mermaid.

Did it last?

After the video, Gaga and Taylor began dating and were even engaged for over a year, but called things off in 2016.

Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield

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Where did they meet?

Undeniably one of the most popular celeb couples of their generation, Emma and Andrew began dating after growing close on the set of The Amazing Spider-Man.

Did it last?

*sigh* No it didn’t, but the two have remained close friends despite their break-up.

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith 

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Where did they meet?

Alright, it wasn’t quite an on-set romance as Jada didn’t actually make it that far. She met her future husband in 1994, when she auditioned for a role in his hit sitcom The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air. The story goes that she was too short for the role, so it went to another actor, but it seems she caught Will’s eye all the same.

Did it last?

Will and Jada married in 1997, and have since welcomed two children, Jaden and Willow. While their marriage has had some public bumps in the road in recent times, the pair are still going strong.

Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz

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Rachel Weisz and Daniel Craig

Where did they meet?

Although they’d known one another beforehand, the two stars grew close on the set of the psychological thriller Dream House, and began dating soon afterwards.

Did it last?

Rachel and Daniel married in June 2011, six months after they became an item, and have been together since. They also have a daughter together.

Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes

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Where did they meet?

Ryan and Eva’s romantic relationship began after they acted alongside one another in the drama The Place Beyond The Pines.

Did it last?

The two famously keep their cards close to their chest when it comes to their private life, particularly in comparison to many of their peers. However, they are still together, and have two daughters, who are six and four years old.