“How’d you meet?” “Through a friend!”
Some people, whether they’re in a relationship or single, love to play matchmaker for their friends. Plenty of couples — including celeb ones — started dating because a mutual friend decided they’d be good together.
Here are 17 celebrity couples who were set up by other celebs:
1. In 2013, Ed Sheeran brought Johnny McDaid, his “Bad Habits” and “Shape of You” cowriter, to Courteney Cox’s house, and they were engaged a year later.
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They briefly split, but nine months later, they got back together and have been together ever since.
2. After Meghan Trainor recruited Chloë Grace Moretz to help her find a boyfriend, she introduced her to Daryl Sabara, whom she married in 2018.
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3. Nicole Richie introduced her brother-in-law Benji Madden to Cameron Diaz, whom he married in 2015.
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4. At a party, Jesse Tyler Ferguson introduced his Modern Family costar Sofía Vergara to Joe Manganiello, and they tied the knot in 2015.
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On The Late Late Show With James Corden, Ferguson said, “When she broke up with her fiancé at the time, Joe — like immediately, the moment it was out in the world — called me and was like: ‘I need her number.'”
5. In 2007, Robert Downey Jr. set up Justin Theroux and Jennifer Aniston, who were married from 2015–17.
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They first bonded over their Waldorf grade-schooling.
6. Backstage at Saturday Night Live in 2005, Drew Barrymore introduced Jimmy Fallon to her business partner Nancy Juvonen, and they got married in 2007.
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After their first meeting, Fallon and Juvonen reunited on the set of Fever Pitch, which was produced by the company she and Barrymore run.
7. In 2010, Emily Blunt helped get her sister Felicity Blunt and her The Devil Wears Prada costar Stanley Tucci together at her wedding, and they had a wedding of their own two years later.
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8. Beth Behrs introduced her 2 Broke Girls costar Kat Dennings to Josh Groban, and they dated from 2014–16.
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Behrs told People, “They happened to both be single for once at the same time… It didn’t take much coaxing for either of them.”
9. NBA player Brandon Jennings set up Khloé Kardashian and Tristan Thompson, who dated on and off from 2016–22.
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10. At the 1996 Deauville Film Festival, Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith, who were together at the time, introduced Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas, who got married in 2000.
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11. Chef Roblé Ali introduced The Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kenya Moore to Marc Daly, whom she married in 2017 but filed for divorce from in 2021.
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12. Sienna Miller and her then-partner Tom Sturridge allegedly introduced Robert Pattinson and FKA Twigs, who dated from 2014–17.
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Pattinson and Twigs were engaged after six months together.
13. At the 1996 Soul Train Music Awards, Anita Baker told Tamia that she knew the perfect man for her — Grant Hill, whom she married in 1999.
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It look six months for Tamia and Hill to meet because she was living in Canada at the time. However, once they finally met, he felt it was love at first sight.
14. Jonathan Groff is the reason that his Frozen director Jennifer Lee and Alfred Molina met, and he officiated their wedding in 2021.
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“We owe him the world,” Lee said on Instagram.
15. At a dinner party she hosted, Gwyneth Paltrow introduced Jake Gyllenhaal and Taylor Swift, who dated from 2010–11.
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Gyllenhaal was a friend of Paltrow’s then-husband Chris Martin.
16. Ellie Goulding set up Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris, who dated from 2015–16.
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She thought they’d be good together because they’re both tall.
17. And finally, when Hilarie Burton was visiting Jensen Ackles and his wife, Danneel Harris, in Los Angeles, he introduced her to his Supernatural costar Jeffrey Dean Morgan, whom she married in 2019.
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