Actors always seem to date other actors.
Really it’s no surprise – sharing a lifestyle of long days on set, star-studded events and paparazzi must make for an easier relationship – and lots to talk about at the dinner table.
But our favourite couples from the acting world didn’t all begin as co-stars. Often, those from different shows go on to have relationships, and sometimes these couples can be more than a little unexpected.
In fact one unlikely acting couple made their names in two very different shows.
Tom Ellis, 42, who starred as heart-throb Gary Preston in Miranda, and Tamzin Outhwaite, 50, who played Mel Owen in EastEnders, dated before going on to marry in 2006.
To make matters even more glamorous, they were introduced by their close mutual friend, Atonement actor James McAvoy.
They had two children together, Florence, 12, and Marnie, 8.
But the pair found themselves in the spotlight when rumours circulated that Tom had had an affair with his Gothica co-star whilst shooting for the film in the US.
Tom and Tamzin went on to separate in 2014. But while Tom claimed the affair was a one night stand, the EastEnders star said otherwise.
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As reported by The Mirror , Tamzin hinted that the affair was more long term. She said: “I wouldn’t not be with my husband over a one-night stand is all I’ll say.”
Tamzin is now in a happy new relationship with Tom Child, who turned 30 this year and is 20 years younger than her.
Tom Ellis captured the nations’ hearts, as well as main character Miranda’s, when he played the close friend and love interest Gary Preston on the comedy show, which ran from 2009 to 2015.
He is also known for playing Lucifer Morningstar in US television series Lucifer, and has even appeared as the voice of Oscar Wilde in Family Guy.
Tamzin starred as Melanie in EastEnders from 1998 to 2019, and as Rebecca Mitchell in hotel drama Hotel Babylon from 2006-2009.
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