The Real-Life Relationships of Game of Thrones Stars
Filled with kings, queens, and warriors struggling for power, Game of Thrones captivated audiences for eight seasons. Many GoT actors have stolen our hearts, which makes us wonder if these actors are stealing any hearts outside of Westeros.
Let’s take a look at the real-life love stories of 15 of your favorite GoT actors. These happily ever afters might just melt your heart.
John Bradley, Samwell Tarly
John Bradley stars as Samwell Tarly, also known as Sam. When Bradley’s character first joins the Night’s Watch, he becomes a human punching bag. He eventually grows into a loyal member of the Night’s Watch and a close friend of Jon Snow. He also kills a White Walker, helps Jon become the leader of the Night’s Watch and discovers a cure for greyscale.
John Bradley and Rebecca April May
Thanks to GoT, Bradley met his current girlfriend Rebecca April May. However, the two didn’t meet on a set like several of the other couples on this list. May actually interviewed Bradley about his role in GoT for her job as an entertainment writer.
Peter Dinklage, Tyrion Lannister
Tyrion Lannister, one of the most beloved characters on GoT, is a clever and resourceful member of the wealthy Lannister family. Dinklage’s character has a way with words, responding to setbacks with humor and wit most of the time. Although Tyrion Lannister doesn’t know how to wield a sword, his quick intellect often saves the day.
Peter Dinklage and Erica Schmidt
Since 2005, Dinklage has been married to Erica Schmidt, an actress and playwright. Schmidt wrote and directed the off-Broadway play, All the Fine Boys in 2017. During an interview with The Guardian, Dinklage described his wife as “brilliant,” “inspiring” and “the artist of the family.”
Maisie Williams, Arya Stark
Since 2011, Maisie Williams has played the role of Arya Stark, younger sister to Sansa. Arya’s experience is vastly different from her sister’s. In the beginning of the series, the young Arya enjoys hunting and play fighting with the Stark family. But Arya’s life changes in an instant, as she is forced to grow up after her father’s beheading. Arya goes into hiding alone, disguised as a boy, constantly thinks about revenge and learns how to master a sword.
Maisie Williams and Reuben Selby
Most fans know Williams had been in a relationship with Ollie Jackson since 2016. However, if you’ve been keeping up with Williams’ life in the last couple of months, you may have noticed that Williams and Jackson don’t post about each other anymore on social media. The two also never announced their break up publicly.
Kristofer Hivju, Tormund Giantsbane
Kristofer Hivju plays the frightening wildling, Tormund Giantsbane. At the beginning of the show, Giantsbane is Jon Snow’s enemy north of the wall. However, the two become friends and start fighting in battles together. Tormund has survived the craziest fights on GoT including the battle at the wall between the Night’s Watch and wildlings and the Battle of Winterfell against the Army of the Dead.
Kristofer Hivju and Gry Molvær Hivju
In 2015, Hivju tied the knot with his longtime girlfriend, Gry Molvær Hivju. The lovebirds have two adorable daughters. It’s common for Hivju to bring his wife and kids on sets like the Fast and Furious 8: Fate of the Furious, a movie he starred in with GoT co-star Nathalie Emmanuel.
Kit Harington, Jon Snow
Kit Harington has captured audiences’ hearts since the show’s first episode. The actor stars as Jon Snow, the half-brother of Sansa and Arya Stark. Although the Starks raised him, Jon always felt like an outsider. Growing up, Snow never knew his mother’s identity. Later on, he joined the Night’s Watch, a group of men dedicated to protecting the Wall at Castle Black.
Kit Harington and Rose Leslie
Harington and Leslie are known to keep quiet about their relationship. Although the two denied their relationship’s existence for a few years, the couple was spotted eating dinner together and cuddling at an airport. Fast forward to 2016, when Harington and Leslie made their first official appearance as a couple at the Olivier Awards in London.
Alfie Allen, Theon Greyjoy
Alfie Allen plays Theon Greyjoy, one of the most misfortune-ridden characters in the series, and is initially known as a coward and a backstabber. His story begins at the Stark house in Winterfell, where he’s kept against his will throughout his childhood. At first, he pledges his loyalty to Robb Stark, but ultimately betrays Robb in order to claim Winterfell for himself. Ramsay Bolton captures Theon, torturing and mutilating him. Bolton treats him as a pet, nicknaming Theon as “Reek."
Alfie Allen and Allie Teilz
Allen has captured the heart of Allie Teilz, a model and an American DJ. Teliz started working to become a DJ when she was 13 years old and the hard work has paid off. Teilz has played at many major events such as the Oscars, the Golden Globe Awards and the Emmys.
Nathalie Emmanuel, Missandei
Before working on GoT, Nathalie Emmanuel was already a fan of the show. Emmanuel joined the cast in Season Three, portraying Missandei, a slave freed by Daenerys Targaryen. Soon, Missandei became Daenerys’ trusted advisor. In the series, Missandei’s love interest is Grey Worm.
Nathalie Emmanuel and Alex Lanipekun
Just like other GoT real-life relationships, many details of Emmanuel’s are kept quiet. However, we do know that Emmanuel is currently in a relationship with her producing partner Alex Lanipekun. Emmanuel and Lanipekun produced the short film, Run. After working together, the two were spotted getting cozy at the 2018 Wimbledon Championships. While Emannuel and Lanipekun watched the match, she lovingly rested her head on his shoulder and Lanipekun wrapped his arms around her.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Jaime Lannister
Jaime Lannister is known as a bad boy and an excellent swordsman who murders many people including the “Mad King” Aerys Targaryen. Jaime is also introduced as Cersei’s secret lover in the show. Jamie also develops a relationship with Brienne of Tarth, at once point saving her from Bolton soldiers and getting his hand chopped off in the process.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Nukaaka Coster-Waldau
For more than 20 years, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau has been married to Nukaaka Coster-Waldau. Nukaaka Coster-Waldau, also known as Nukâka, is a Greenlandic actress and singer. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau reveals he fell in love first. "I think it took longer for her. I wore her down. I was just crazy in love," he says. He adds that laughing, having fun and staying physical together keeps their marriage happy.
Sophie Turner, Sansa Stark
For eight seasons, Sophie Turner has portrayed the red-headed Sansa Stark. Like many characters in GoT, Sansa has endured a lot of pain and suffering. Sansa lost her parents, married the wicked King Joffrey Baratheon and eventually had to go on the run after Joffrey’s death. Sansa’s brutal experiences helped her become a strong and powerful woman.
Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas
Since November 2016, Turner has been dating Joe Jonas, a member of both DNCE and the Jonas Brothers. In October 2017, a year after they started dating, they announced their engagement on Instagram. Jonas and Turner shared the same photo that shows off her engagement ring with their hands overlapping. In May 2019, the two tied the knot in Las Vegas.
Jason Momoa, Khal Drogo
Jason Momoa portrayed Khal Drogo, the warlord of the Dothraki and eventually Daenerys Targaryen’s deceased husband. The love story between Drogo and Daenerys didn’t get off to a great start. They had trouble communicating with each other because they didn’t speak the same language, and Daenerys was frightened by the Khal. However, Drogo was gentle towards Daenerys, and the two gained respect and love for one another.
Jason Momoa and Lisa Bonet
During a night filled with Guinness and grits at Cafe 101, Momoa and Bonet fell crazy in love. Their secret wedding took place at their house in Topanga, California, in October 2017. Momoa hoped the wedding would remain hidden from the public, but somehow the story got leaked. After Momoa and Bonet got hitched, Moma revealed to her that he’s had a crush on Bonet since he saw her on The Cosby Show as a child.
Carice Van Houten, Lady Melisandre
Carice Van Houten joined the GoT cast in season two as Lady Melisandre, also known as “The Red Woman.” Lady Melisandre is a mysterious red-haired woman with superpowers. She also serves as Stannis Baratheon’s advisor, trying to help him win the Iron Throne. Fans are unsure if Lady Melisandre is actually good or evil.
Carice Van Houten and Guy Pearce
Currently, Houten is dating Australian actor Guy Pearce. According to E News, Pearce and Houten met on the set of the movie, Brimstone. Pearce says the two fell in love “quickly and messily.” In 2015, the happy couple confirmed their relationship.
Michiel Huisman, Daario Naharis
Before Michiel Huisman took on the role, actor Ed Skrein played Daario Naharis. Michiel Huisman was actually the second actor to portray Daario, the Tyroshi sellsword who becomes Daenerys Targaryen’s advisor and lover. Eventually, Daario and Daenerys part ways when she goes to Westeros. After Daenerys breaks up with him, Daario stays in the Bay of the Dragons to enforce the peace in her absence.
Michiel Huisman and Tara Elders
Huisman and fellow actress Tara Elders first met in 2003 on the set of Phileine Says Sorry. Huisman revealed the two kissed for the first time on-screen. He also remembers one scene where his character was butt-naked and Elders’ fully-clothed character watched. He says, "The scene was pretty horrible, actually... But I guess it all worked out in the end!"
Jacob Anderson, Grey Worm
Jacob Anderson portrays Grey Worm, the commander of the Unsullied soldiers. When Daenerys Targaryen obtains the Unsullied from the Good Masters, Grey Worm becomes one of her important assistants. He helps her with the liberation of Slaver’s Bay, the Battle of Yunkai and the liberation of Meereen. Grey Worm’s love interest is Daenerys's advisor, Missandei, portrayed by Nathalie Emmanuel.
Jacob Anderson and Aisling Loftus
Anderson says he’ll never forget the first moment he saw his wife, Aisling Loftus. He states it “all seemed to happen in slow motion.” Anderson actually has a lot of wonderful things to say about his lovely wife. He calls her intelligent, sensitive and empathetic. “I’ve never met anybody who cares about people as much as she does. We never run out of things to talk about and our relationship has always felt very natural,” he adds.
Gwendoline Christie, Brienne of Tarth
Gwendoline Christie landed the role of the fearsome warrior, Brienne of Tarth, and first appeared in the show’s second season. Tarth is known for her strength, loyalty and skill in battle. In GoT, Brienne has an ill-fated love affair with Jaime Lannister, brother (and lover) to Queen Cersei.
Gwendoline Christie and Giles Deacon
Christie’s other half is Giles Deacon, the creative director of his own fashion company. He designs dresses for celebrities such as Pippa Middleton, Sarah Jessica Parker, Solange and Victoria Beckham. These aren’t the only celebrities that adore Deacon’s work. Christie loves Deacon’s designs so much that she’s sported his dresses at some movie premieres and award ceremonies.
Gemma Whelan, Yara Greyjoy
Who is Yara Greyjoy? Many fans say she’s a fierce warrior and a skilled captain. Yara, portrayed by Gemma Whalen, lived in Pyke while her brother, Theon Greyjoy, was growing up in Winterfell. After her father’s assassination, Yara becomes next in line to claim the Iron Islands. But, the natives of the Iron Islands choose her uncle, Euron, to be king.
Gemma Whelan and Gerry Howell
Whalen is married to writer, comedian and actor Gerry Howell. Howell and Whelan call London their home. While Whelan enjoys having a private life with Howell, she occasionally shares snapshots of their lives on Instagram. In 2016, the couple attended a charity ball together.