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.
In addition, Sam becomes infatuated with Gilly, a Free Folk woman, and one of Craster’s many wives. Later on, Sam and Gilly fall in love. Sam becomes a father after adopting Gilly’s son, who is also named Sam. In Season Eight, we learn that Sam and Gilly are expecting a child of their own.
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.
The adorable couple made their relationship official on Instagram in 2017. On their Instagram accounts, you can find the two lovebirds documenting their lives together. Recently in September 2018, Bradley and May celebrated his 30th birthday by exploring Greece. May posted an adorable picture of the two sailing in Mykonos with the caption, “John Bradley sets sail into his 30s today! Happy 30th birthday to my one and only, my best mate and my other half.”
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.
In Season Three, Dinklage’s character falls in love with Shae, a handmaiden, but ends up in an arranged marriage to Sansa Stark. While Tyrion Lannister's love life is complicated in GoT, in real life, Dinklage has had a long-term romance with someone special.
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.”
The couple keeps their lives so private that the public doesn’t even know the names of their two children. The media reported that his daughter’s name was “Zelig,” but Dinklage addressed the rumor, calling it false. He has no intention of revealing his daughter’s real name. All we know is whatever the private couple shares in interviews or on Instagram.
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.
Now, fans recognize Williams’ character as the ultimate warrior. Just like her costar and sister on-screen, Turner, Williams went through her teenage years and became an adult while starring in GoT. The role of Arya was her first professional acting job.
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.
Now, Williams is romantically involved with someone new: Reuben Selby. Selby is the communications director of Daisie, an app Williams co-founded. While Selby and Williams took a stroll around New York, the two were caught holding hands in February 2019. The couple also shares pictures of them spending time together on Instagram, taking fun hikes and going to shows.
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.
On GoT Tormund Giantsbane has a crush on Brienne of Tarth, but in real-life Hivju is actually in a serious relationship. Hivju may know how to act scary, but he’s really a sweetheart. Hivju is a devoted husband and a loving father.
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.
Hivju enjoys sharing cute photos of him and his wife on Instagram. For their one year wedding anniversary, he posted a picture of his wife saying, “You are the best - super beautiful, super mother, super smart! It is an adventure to share life with you, I admire you, I need you, I love you.” Doesn’t that warm your heart?
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.
While Snow rose through the ranks at Castle Black, he went beyond the wall and met a wildling woman named Ygritte. The two began a forbidden love affair. Harington’s on-screen romance became an off-screen romance in 2012. Harington began dating Rose Leslie, who portrays Ygritte. The sparks started in Iceland while they were filming GoT Season Two.
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.
In September 2017, the happy couple announced their engagement. Harington revealed that he had originally planned an elaborate romantic proposal, but when the couple had a romantic getaway in the country and found themselves drinking wine in front of a roaring fire, he just couldn’t wait. In 2018, Harington and Leslie tied the knot in Aberdeenshire, where the reception took place in a real castle.
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."
Theon’s story in GoT comes to a close when he dies at the hands of the Night King while protecting Brandon Stark. In the show, Allen plays a character with a very sad story. In real life, things aren’t quite so tragic. Allen has recently started a family with his partner.
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.
The couple has kept much of their relationship out of the spotlight. It’s not clear when Allen and Teilz started dating, however, they’ve been spotted together since 2017. In October 2018, the two welcomed their first child. Allen shared the happy news on Instagram with a photo of his newborn daughter. The caption says, “With full hearts and overwhelming joy @allieteilz and I introduce you to the newest member of our family. She is perfect.”
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.
GoT has thrown Emmanuel into the spotlight, which she thinks has made life difficult. Emmanuel says, “You feel people's eyes on you and you suddenly feel really self-conscious.” For better or for worse, the public eye is also keeping tabs on her love life.
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.
During the summer in 2018, the happy couple went to Ischia, Italy for a relaxing getaway. Photos show the two taking a romantic stroll, holding hands and hugging. They also visited some boutiques and enjoyed the sea views on their vacation.
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.
Not only did Waldau win the hearts of fans, but he also captured his wife’s heart. Unlike Waldau’s character in the show, Waldau’s relationship with his wife isn’t a secret. Since 1998, he’s been happily married to Nukaaka Coster-Waldau. He also frequently talks about their relationship and his family in interviews.
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.
The adorable couple also has two teenage daughters, Filipa and Safina. The Waldaus aren’t afraid to embarrass their daughters in front of their friends. He explains, “When their friends are over we just start to dance. No music necessary. It really embarrasses them.”
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.
Originally from Northampton, England, Turner landed the role of Sansa when she was just 14 years old. Although Turner grew up on the GoT set, she still found time to go out with friends, support charities and even go on dates.
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.
While many aspects of their relationship have remained hidden, their love for each other hasn’t been a secret. In August 2018, Turner broke down in public due to menstrual cramps. Photos revealed Jonas comforting her through the pain. For a 2018 Halloween party, Jonas dressed up as his fiance’s GoT character, Sansa Stark, and nailed it. If that isn’t love, what is?
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.
In real life, Momoa and his wife, Lisa Bonet, fell in love the night they met. Thanks to mutual friends, Momoa and Bonet met at a jazz club in New York City. After Momoa and Bonet left the club together, they shared a meal at Cafe 101.
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.
Now, these two lovebirds share two children: Lola and Nakoa. Momoa also became a stepfather to Bonet’s daughter, actress Zoe Kravitz. Kravitz and Momoa have grown so close that the two got matching tattoos. Their tattoos read "etre toujours ivre," which translated, means “stay always drunk.”
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.
Just like her GoT character, Houten likes to keep her personal life personal. The Dutch actor even has a strategy to remain anonymous when she’s in public involving track pants and glasses. However, we do know that she’s in a relationship and has a son.
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.
In August 2016, Houten and Pearce welcomed their son, Monte, sharing the exciting news on Twitter. Pearce’s funny tweet says, “A cute little package arrived and told us his name's Monte Pearce. We think we're gonna keep him. Placenta smoothie anyone? @caricevhouten.” Six months after Monte was born, the family was spotted taking a walk in casual outfits. The couple keeps a low-profile and once in a while posts a tweet about parenthood.
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.
Huisman caught the attention of many fans before he joined GoT in 2014, appearing in TV shows such as Treme and Nashville. He even captured his current wife’s attention long before the show. In fact, Huisman hasn’t been single since 2003.
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!"
Fast forward to 2007, the happy couple welcomed their adorable daughter, Hazel. One year later, Huisman and Elders tied the knot. Huisman says that they share everything. He tells Instyle, “She helps me with every decision I have to make about work; she reads scripts and runs lines with me. So when I achieve something, I feel like it is our success, not mine alone.”
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.
In real life, Anderson and Emmanuel are not in a relationship. In fact, they’re both dating other people. Anderson is taken by someone very special to him, who he’s been with for a long time. Who is this special lady that stole the actor’s heart?
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.
The couple has been crazy in love for over eight years. In December 2018, Anderson and Loftus got married. Since the couple keeps their personal lives private, the media didn’t receive the news. However, on Instagram, Anderson shared a picture of the two of them in their wedding outfits with the caption, “Me and Mrs. Anderson.”
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.
Fans can also watch Christie in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and Top of the Lake. Christie’s GoT character may have had trouble finding the right suitor, but in real life, Christie found someone who absolutely adores her. Who is Christie’s current partner?
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.
The couple reportedly met at a 2012 New Year’s Eve party. Their romance blossomed in 2013 after a few dates, and they’ve been by each other’s side ever since. Besides supporting each other’s work, Deacon and Christie leave cute notes on each other’s Instagram.
However, they keep the majority of their relationship hidden from the public eye.
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.
Whelan’s character hasn’t had many serious relationships. However, she does have some flirtations. In Season Six, she flirts with Daenerys Targaryen. She also shares a passionate kiss with Ellaria Sand in Season Seven. In real life, Whelan is married with a daughter.
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.
In October 2017, Whelan gave birth to their daughter, Frances. While Whelan was on set for GoT’s Season Eight, she breastfed their daughter. Whalen even shared a picture of a nursing session on Instagram, saying, “Just a tease and my actual life on set between whatever we actually were filming.” Many fans praised the actor for posting the picture of herself breastfeeding, calling it “empowering” and “beautiful.”