Meet the Real-Life Loves of the “Game of Thrones ”Cast

With 'House of the Dragon' back, re-live the original series with a look at some of the real-life loves of the cast of 'Game of Thrones'

Edward Berthelot/Getty Kit Harington and Rose Leslie
Edward Berthelot/Getty Kit Harington and Rose Leslie

Fans may be busy streaming House of the Dragon since its return on June 16, but they certainly haven't forgotten the show that brought the world of George R.R. Martin to the small screen in the first place: Game of Thrones.

Based on the book series, A Song of Fire and Ice, the hit series featured complex characters entangled in all sorts of complicated matters of the heart — family-related or romantic. Lines were drawn, sides were picked and the fandoms were invested.

However, while the debates were raging on social media long after the last episode aired, the actors who embodied those characters were moving on in real life.

So, who did Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) cleave to in real life?

See some of the real-life loves of the cast of Game of Thrones, below.

Kit Harington and Rose Leslie

<p>Getty Images</p> Kit Harington and Rose Leslie

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Kit Harington and Rose Leslie

Perhaps the most popular pairing to come out of the series, Kit Harington and Rose Leslie met when she played Ygritte, the love interest to his Jon Snow, in season 2 of the show back in 2011.

The pair kept their relationship under the radar for years before finally making their red carpet debut as a couple at the 2016 Olivier Awards. They were wed in 2018, in a romantic ceremony that took place at Kirkton of Rayne Church in Scotland.

In February 2021, the couple confirmed they had welcomed their first child, a baby boy whose name wasn't revealed. In 2023, they grew their brood once again, welcoming a baby girl, who's also been kept away from the spotlight.

Peter Dinklage's Wife, Erica Schmidt

David M. Benett/Dave Benett/WireImage Peter Dinklage and Erica Schmidt
David M. Benett/Dave Benett/WireImage Peter Dinklage and Erica Schmidt

His character Tyrion Lannister might have had a hard time finding love, but in real life, Peter Dinklage got swept away by his wife, Erica Schmidt, nearly 20 years ago. The pair met in New York City in the early aughts, and have worked together several times over the course of their decades-long relationship, as Schmidt is a revered playwright and theater director in her own right.

They had a no-muss, no-fuss wedding in 2005, when they eloped in Las Vegas.

"I was going there for a charity event," Dinklage said in a 2016 interview with The New York Times. "And then while we were there, we just decided to do it. It was a bit lonely. We got a VHS videocassette of the wedding that no one will ever see, that we've buried in a box deep beneath the earth's core."

The pair share two children whose identities have been kept away from the limelight.

Gwendoline Christie's Boyfriend, Giles Deacon

<p>Neil Mockford / Ricky Vigil M/GC Images</p> Gwendoline Christie and Giles Deacon

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Gwendoline Christie and Giles Deacon

Gwendoline Christie won our hearts playing the dutiful Brienne of Tarth. In real life, it seems she's committed to her partner of 11 years, fashion designer Giles Deacon.

Of the little that is known about their love story is the fact that the two met through mutual friends and began dating in 2013.

Because Deacon is a fashion designer, the two lovebirds have also collaborated on a few looks, including the cherry-red gown he designed for her for the 2015 SAG Awards.

“I wanted to feel really alive and vibrant and sexual,” Christie told Vogue. “I also wanted to show my back because I was very strong.”

“It was a true collaboration and I felt incredible," she continued. "I felt really strong and vibrant and I felt like me."

Jason Momoa's Girlfriend, Adria Arjona

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Jason Momoa and Adria Arjona

After finalizing his divorce from Lisa Bonet — whom he'd been with for 17 years — Jason Momoa, who played Khal Drogo on the hit show, found love again in fellow actor Adria Arjona.

And though Momoa hasn't called her out by name, he revealed, "I am very much in a relationship," while appearing at the Basingstoke Comic Con in England back in May. He later included pictures of the two of them in an Instagram post commemorating his travels to Japan.

Jack Gleeson's Wife, Roisin O'Mahony

Patsy Lynch Jack Gleeson and Róisín O'Mahony
Patsy Lynch Jack Gleeson and Róisín O'Mahony

Jack Gleeson's wedding to Róisín O'Mahony was far from his character Joffrey Baratheon's elaborate — and deadly — wedding on Game of Thrones.

The Irish actor wed his other half in a "very simple, prayerful and dignified marriage ceremony" at The Sacred Heart Church in The Glen, Ballinskelligs, County Kerry, Ireland in 2022.

And though Parish priest Father Patsy Lynch, who performed the initial ceremony, told the Irish Independent that this was a pre-wedding ceremony and that "the real ceremony will take place over in England," the super-private couple has since kept their relationship hush-hush.

Natalie Dormer's Husband, David Oakes

<p>Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic</p> Natalie Dormer and David Oakes

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Natalie Dormer and David Oakes

Much like her fellow costars, Natalie Dormer hasn't divulged much about her relationship with fellow British actor David Oakes.

The quiet pair, however, reportedly tied the knot in a "romantic ceremony" sometime in the spring of 2023 and celebrated with an intimate dinner at Roth Bar & Grill in Bruton, Somerset, according to the Daily Mail.

Dormer, who played Margaery Tyrell in the series, and Oakes share a daughter.

Kristofer Hivju's Wife, Gry Molvær Hivju

<p>Gregg DeGuire/Getty</p> Kristofer Hivju and Gry Molvær Hivju

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Kristofer Hivju and Gry Molvær Hivju

Aside from the fact that she is also Norwegian and has her own successful career as a producer/director in the entertainment industry, not much else is known publicly about Kristofer Hivju's (a.k.a. Tormund Giantsbane) wife, Gry Molvær Hivju.

Fans can keep up with the lovebirds via their Instagram pages as the two tend to post about their various adventures from Norway and beyond.

According to IMDb, the pair got married in 2015.

Carice van Houten's Partner, Guy Pearce

<p>Shutterstock</p> Carice van Houten and Guy Pearce


Carice van Houten and Guy Pearce

She may have played Melisandre, a.k.a. the Red Woman on Game of Thrones, but in real life, Memento actor Guy Pearce adds tons more color to Carice van Houten's life.

The pair, who've been together since 2015, welcomed their son Monte in 2016, and while the Australian actor loves living in Houten's home city, Amsterdam, he told Who Magazine he'd like to get their little boy to experience the hospitality Down Under.

"He loves animals and I’m always talking to him about bilbies, koalas and kangaroos," Pearce revealed. "He’s seen some Australian animals in the zoo in Amsterdam, but it will be great to show him our wildlife back in Australia."

Gemma Whelan's Husband, Gerry Howell

<p>Gemma Whelan/Instagram</p> Gemma Whelan and Gerry Howell

Gemma Whelan/Instagram

Gemma Whelan and Gerry Howell

Yara Greyjoy might have been tough as nails, but Gemma Whelan is a certified lover girl in real life. The actress, who's been married to comedian Gerry Howell since 2017, never misses a chance to show off her cute family on Instagram.

She and Howell share two kids — a daughter born in October of 2017 and a son born sometime in 2021.

While shooting the eighth and final season of GoT in 2019, Whelan posted an endearing picture of herself breastfeeding her then-newborn daughter while in full Yara Greyjoy regalia.

"Enjoy tonight's episode guys...! Yara's got some big news...🤱🦑 👊🏼 #got #hbo #plottwistahoy 😉" she captioned the pic, before reassuring fans her character was not with child on the show.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau's Wife, Nukaaka Coster-Waldau

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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Nukaaka Coster-Waldau

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and his wife Nukaaka got married in 1998, and though it's safe to say the pair has stuck together through the highs and lows of life, one thing Nukaaka wouldn't do was watch Game of Thrones.

"I dragged her to the premiere of the first [season] and then since then, no," the actor, who played Jaime Lannister, told Jimmy Fallon. "She keeps promising that she'll sit down with a friend and watch it," he joked.

The long-term lovebirds share two daughters, Safina Waldau and Fillippa Coster-Waldau.

Jacob Anderson's Wife, Aisling Loftus

<p>David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty</p> Raleigh Ritchie and Aisling Loftus

David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty

Raleigh Ritchie and Aisling Loftus

Jacob Anderson is as tight-lipped about his life with wife Aisling Loftus — whom he married in 2018 — as his character Grey Worm was about his.

Though he's given glimpses of his private life every now and again — he posted an Instagram pic in 2020, revealing that he and Loftus had welcomed a baby girl — for the most part, he stays away from the cameras and enjoys a quiet life in London.

The actor, who is also a musician and goes by the alias Raleigh Ritchie, previously described the moment he set his eyes on Loftus, telling The Guardian in 2016, "I’ll never forget ... because it all seemed to happen in slow motion."

"We’ve been together five years. She’s intelligent, sensitive and empathetic, and 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."

Aidan Gillen's Girlfriend, Camille O'Sullivan

<p>Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic</p> Aidan Gillen and Camille O'Sullivan

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Aidan Gillen and Camille O'Sullivan

Aidan Gillen (a.k.a. Petyr Baelish, "Littlefinger") has long been a villain on screen, playing nefarious characters in The Wire, The Dark Knight Rises and Peaky Blinders, among other works. His prolific career, however, was unbeknownst to his girlfriend, Irish singer Camille O'Sullivan.

"When I met him first, I didn’t know what he did because I didn’t have a television. To be honest, it was good I didn’t know what he did because I would have totally messed it up," she admitted to the Irish Examiner.

For his part, it seems Gillen has been smitten with O'Sullivan since they got together in 2014. "Camille and me have been together for about six-and-a-half years and she’s definitely been a stabilising force in my life,” he reportedly told the Sunday Independent, per the Irish Mirror.

“She’s been an inspiration. She’s great fun. It was like finding someone who was like me but not totally like me. We understand each other but there are mysteries, too, that you want to unpick."

Lena Headey's Husband, Marc Menchaca

<p>Cindy Ord/WireImage</p> Lena Headey and Marc Menchaca

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Lena Headey and Marc Menchaca

Lena Headey's wedding to Ozark actor Marc Menchaca was as top-secret as their entire relationship has been.

Photos shared by a guest who attended the pair's Italian nuptials showed Heady (who played Cersei Lannister) in a simple, white gown with spaghetti straps, a veil and some roses in her hair. The carousel, posted to Instagram, also revealed that Heady's GoT costar Peter Dinklage was in attendance.

A separate photo posted by local restaurant Scinuà also captured a mini-reunion between Dinklage, Michelle Fairley (who played Catelyn Stark) and Conleth Hill (who played Varys), that same weekend.

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