The Big Bang theory first aired on September 24, 2007. And boy, did it make a bang. The sitcom was a hit from the very beginning, with geeks and cool kids falling in love with the quirky group of science nerds. The sitcom lasted for 12 years and is still going strong. This TV show was revolutionary in that it finally showed the socially-awkward nerds getting the “eligible” girls and not being rejected.
Developing Relationships On and Off Screen
As it goes on many long-running shows where cast members are together for most of the day every day, relationships form, both on and off screen. The most talked about relationship was between Leonard, the experimental physicist, and Penny, the aspiring actress who lives next door. Penny would usually only date tall and muscular men, but she ends up falling in love with Leonard and the two date on and off until they got married.
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It’s easy to forget with a show as good as this, that these TV stars are acting and that in real life they have their own relationships. Believe it or not, the TBBT cast are quite different from the characters they portray on screen. And they date all kinds of other celebrities. Let’s see which cast members dated who. And some even dated each other off screen.
Simon Helberg and Jocelyn Towne are Married Since 2007
Simon plays Howard’s character, an aerospace engineer and former astronaut who’s married to Bernadette. But in real life, Simon married Jocelyn Towne in 2007. Jocelyn’s an actress and did minor roles in movies and TV.
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The couple actually worked on a movie together called We’ll Never Have Paris. Simon starred as the lead actor and Jocelyn produced the film. They have two children, a daughter named Adeline and a son named Wilder.
Next, see who Leonard used to date in real life!
Johnny Galecki and Sara Gilbert Used to Date in 1992
Johnny plays Leonard, one of the main characters of the show. While he is a geek, he also manages to land the good looking girls. In the real world, Johnny has quite a track record when it comes to dating.
For those that remember him from Roseanne, he dated one of his on-screen girlfriends, Sara Gilbert for a short period in 1992. Later, Sara came out of the closet.
Kaley Cuoco and Josh Resnik Dated in 2011-2012
Kaley is Penny on the show. This blonde star, like her on-screen lover, has had many boyfriends in her real life.
One of her beaus was addiction specialist Josh Resnik. They dated for about a year before getting engaged in October 2011. But they broke up and Kaley moved on to another man not too long after.
Do you know who Sheldon married in real life?
Jim Parsons and Todd Spiewak Are Married Since 2017
Jim Parsons plays Sheldon Cooper, one of the show’s favorites, who is a genius physicist. Not too long ago, he married his long-time boyfriend Todd Spiewak, who is a graphic designer.
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The two had an extravagant wedding at the famous Rainbow Room on the 65th floor of Rockefeller Center in New York. All of their close friends and family joined in on the celebrations, as well as many of Jim’s fellow geeks and co-stars from the show.
Johnny Galecki and Laura Harris Dated Back in 1996-1998
Johnny dated Laura Harris, a Canadian actress, back in 1996 for a couple years. The two met while filming Suicide Kings, a mystery crime movie.
Laura was 19 and Johnny was 20 when they were an item. She is now apparently single and acts here and there. Her last role was as Esther in the TV series Whole Day Down.
Next, you can see another ex of Penny. He’s a reggae singer!
Kaley Cuoco and Brett Bolinger Dated in 2012-2013
Kaley and Brett dated for a year. Their relationship went public when the two were at a Lakers game in March 2012.
Brett is a musician from Hawaii. He’s the lead singer and bassist of a reggae band called Pepper. They broke up a year later and some very intimate paparazzi pictures were released!
John Ross Bowie and Jamie Denbo Are Married Since 2004
John Ross Bowie plays Dr. Kripke. As you know, he’s not the most likable character on the series and is unable to pronounce the letters R or l.
Anyways, in real life, John has played roles in Reno 911! and the Citizens Brigade. He’s married to Jamie Denbo who starred in the Ghostbusters and is a working comedian.
Next, another former lover of Johnny Galecki.
Johnny Galecki and Kelsey Harper Used to Date in 2007
Johnny has yet another relationship to add to the list. The former Roseanne star dates quite a lot.
He dated actress Kelsey Harper who also had some big roles in her past. She has retired, however, and works as a florist. She must have wanted to leave the limelight and pursue something quieter and more peaceful.
Mayim Bialik and Michael Stone Are Now Divorced. They Were Married From 2003-
Mayim plays Amy Fowler, the neurobiologist, and Sheldon’s girlfriend. The two met online after Raj and Howard see her and think she’ll be a good match for Sheldon.
Mayim was married to Michael Stone. Michael was a Mormon and converted to Judaism for her. The couple had two children together before divorcing.
Next, see who Wil Wheaton is married to!
Will Wheaton and Anne Wheaton, Married Since 1999
Will Wheaton plays himself on the show. At first, he didn’t get along with Sheldon and the whole group of friends, but in the end, they became good buddies.
The real Wil rose to fame after playing a role in Stand By Me. His wife is also an actress and played roles in Sharknado and Tabletop.
Brian Patrick Wade and Jill Wade Are Married Since 2007
Brian played Kurt, Penny’s ex-boyfriend in the first season, showing up in a few episodes. You might remember when he stole Leonard and Sheldon’s pants.
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He acted in other shows since, like NCIS and CSI. He’s been married to Jill, a bodybuilder, and fitness extraordinaire for over 12 years. These two fitness gurus probably work out together.
Remember the employee who keeps bringing Amy rocks? He’s married to…
Brian Posehn and Melanie Truhett, Married Since 2004
Brian plays Bert, an employee in the geology department of the university. Bert, in love with Amy, brings her rocks every day to express his love for her.
Brian also acted in The Sarah Silverman Program and the Dumb and Dumber sequel. His wife is Melanie Truhett, a television producer who worked on Drew Carey’s Improv-A-Ganza. They’ve been married for 15 years and have a son.
Mark Harelik and Spencer Kayden Are Married Since 2004
Mark’s no rookie in the TV world. Aside from TBBT, he’s appeared in other TV sitcoms, including Will & Grace, Seinfeld, and Boy Meets World.
Mark has been married to actress Spencer Kayden for 15 years now and they have one child together. The couple have been in theater productions together. Spencer is known for her performance in the Broadway show, Urinetown, and for being a former cast member on MADtv.
Let’s add another love interest to Johnny’s past…
Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco Dated in 2008 to 2010
Every TBBT fan was thrilled to hear that the two main stars of the show were dating in real life. Leonard and Penny dated both in the show and as Johnny and Kaley from 2008 until 2010.
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They really tried to keep their relationship private. Kaley Cuoco said, “It was such a huge part of my life and no one knew about it. It was a wonderful relationship, but we never spoke a word about it and never went anywhere together.”
Kaley Cuoco and Ryan Sweeting Were Married From 2013-2016, Then Divorced
Kaley Cuoco got engaged to a former professional tennis player, Ryan Sweeting, after dating for only three months. Kaley was sure that he was the one.
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Kaley said, “From day one I just knew immediately and it’s been magic.” They married in 2013 but divorced two years later. There were rumors about the divorce three months before it was official, but she denied that.
Next, rumor has it that a Kardashian was involved with one of the cast members.
Alessandra Torresani and Rob Kardashian Were Rumored to Have Dated in 2011
Torresani played Claire on TBBT. It hasn’t been confirmed, but the one son of the famous Kardashian family was connected to actress Alessandra Torresani in 2011.
The two were spotted together at the Coachella music festival. Since that appearance, rumors started circulating that they were dating. Rob later dated model and former adult dancer, Blac Chyna, and have a baby together, but they broke up.
Johnny Galecki and Kelli Garner Dated in 2012-2014
Johnny Galecki dated Kelli Garner, an actress from the series Pan-Am. The two dated for two years and Johnny even brought Garner to Kaley Cuoco’s wedding.
The couple were seen together a lot at red carpet events. They stayed friends after they ended the relationship. Garner portrayed Marilyn Monroe in the TV miniseries, The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe.
Who dated Alex Jensen in real life? See the next photo to find out.
Margo Harshman and Chris Marquette Used to Date in 2003-2005
Margo Harshman played Alex Jensen, a medical student and Sheldon’s assistant from 2012 to 2013. She was really into Leonard if you remember.
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Since the show, Margo played a recurring role on the series NCIS. She dated Chris Marquette, an actor, for a couple of years before splitting up. Marquette acted in the movies The Girl Next Door and Fanboys.
Sara Rue and Kevin Price, Married Since 2011
Sara Rue portrayed Dr. Stephanie Barnett, Leonard’s girlfriend for a bit before he ended it because he felt things were moving too fast.
Sara Rue married longtime lover Kevin Price, a teacher, in 2011. Unlike many Hollywood couples, the two remain strong. They have two daughters, Talulah who is their biological child and Adelaide who they adopted.
Remember Penny’s father? He has a love life too!
Keith Carradine and Hayley DuMond Are Married Since 2006
Keith Carradine’s had a short and sweet moment on TBBT. He was seen as Penny’s father Wyatt. Keith comes from a family of actors. His father and four brothers are all actors. Carradine played a role in Fargo and Madam Secretary.
He is married to Hayley DuMond, an actress from House Hunting and The Hunter’s Moon, where the two met. Carradine has three children from former relationships.
Laurie Metcalf and Matt Roth, Now Divorced. Married From 1993-2014
Laurie plays Sheldon’s overbearing mother Mary Cooper. You might remember Laurie from her role as Jackie Harris on Roseanne.
In 1993, Laurie married Matt Roth, her Roseanne co-star. He ironically acted as her abusive on-screen boyfriend. They ended up getting divorced in 2014. They have three children together.
Penny’s ex is married in real life. Do you know to who?
Michael Trucco and Sandra Hess, Married Since 2009
Michael played David Underhill, the physicist that Penny dated until she discovered that he was married.
Michael used to have a recurring role on One Tree Hill as Cooper Lee. In 2009, he married Sandra Hess, a Swiss actress, and fashion model. She is best known for her role as Sonya Blade in Mortal Kombat: Annihilation.
Rick Fox and Vanessa Williams. Married From 1999-2005. Now Divorced.
Rick Fox plays Glenn, Bernadette’s former professor, and love interest. Rick is a Canadian actor and used to be a basketball team member on the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers.
In 1999, he married actress, singer and former Miss America winner, Vanessa Williams. The two have a teenage daughter.
Now, Sara Gilbert is married. Let’s see who she tied the knot with?
Sara Gilbert and Linda Perry, Married Since 2014
Sara, now openly gay, married Linda Perry, a Grammy-nominated rock singer-songwriter. Perry was the lead singer in 4 Non-Blondes, the all-girl rock group from the 90s.
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The couple have a child, Rhodes Emilo. He is now two-years-old.
Johnny Galecki and Katie Waissel Were Rumored to be Dating in 2014
In 2014, word on the street was that Johnny was dating singer Katie Waissel. Katie came in seventh place in the seventh series of The X-Factor UK.
The relationship was never confirmed, but the two were seen on a date at Chateau Marmont. The rumor was that they began dating a short time after she divorced from her husband of two months, model Brian Moote.
Kaley is now married and still in a relationship! Do you know who the lucky guy is?
Kaley Cuoco and Karl Cook Are Dating Since 2016, Married Since 2018
In 2016, Kaley is currently still in a relationship with Karl Cook. Karl is 27 and works as a professional equestrian.
The couple went public last year after posting a bunch of Instagram pictures together at the ranch with Karl’s horses. Kaley also loves horses and goes riding with her equestrian lover. The two got married in June 2018.
LeVar Burton and Stephanie Cozart Burton Have Been Married Since 1992
LeVar is known for his role in Star Trek: The Next Generation as Commander Geordi La Forge. You might also remember him from Reading Rainbow.
LeVar played himself on TBBT and came to the apartment after getting an invite on Twitter. LeVar has been married to makeup artist Stephanie Cozart since 1992. She works as a makeup artist for the show The Talk.
She’s married now, but it’s still fun to see her exes. See who Kaley used to date, next…
Kaley Cuoco Used to Date Kevin Zegers in 2003
One of Kaley’s many past love interests is Kevin Zegers. She and Kevin met in 2003 when they co-starred in the movie The Hollow. They dated for a year.
Kevin played Damien in Gossip Girl. He later married Jaime Feld in 2013, and the two had twin baby girls.
Dean Norris and Bridget Norris Are married Since 2001
Dean Norris has been on a few episodes of TBBT as Colonel Richard Williams. He wanted to know about the navigation and guidance system that the boys were working on.
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Everyone knows Dean from his role as Hank in the series Breaking Bad. He has been married for 18 years to Bridget, a lawyer who specializes in transactional law.
Dr. Siebert is married in real life. See who his wife is!
Joshua Malina and Melissa Merwin, Married Since 1996
Joshua’s played Dr. Siebert, the president of the university. He is recognized for his roles in The West Wing and Scandal.
In 1996, he married Melissa who used to be a costume director for TV shows. Their two children are Isabel and Avi.
Kaley Cuoco and Thad Luckinbill Once Dated in 2002
In 2002, Kaley dated actor Thad Luckinbill, who played J.T. for 11 years on The Young and the Restless. The couple dated about a year.
Thad still shows up in TV shows, most recently acting in a film called Only the Brave as Scott Norris.
The NASA astronaut on the show is a real astronaut and married to an understandably worried wife!
Michael J. Massimino is Married to Carola Pardo Since 1989
Mike played himself on the show, as a NASA astronaut and veteran of two Space Shuttle missions. He would skype with Howard about his next expedition and his duties.
Michael married Carola Pardo in 1989 and they have two kids. Being married to an astronaut wasn’t easy for Carola, being at home with two young children by herself. She prayed for him to come back safely.
Stephen Root is Married to Romy Rosemont Since 2008
Stephen played Dan on TBBT. He interviewed Penny for a sales position at Bernadette’s pharmaceutical company.
Stephen is best known for his role in Office Space and Dodgeball. In 2008, he got married to Romy Rosemont, also an actor. She acted in Glee as Finn’s mother and most recently starred in a series called Beyond.
See next which cast member dated Nikki Reed…
DJ Qualls Dated Nikki Reed Back in 2006-2007
DJ Qualls acted as Toby Loobenfeld, the research assistant who Sheldon assigned to play his non-existent cousin “Leopold.” DJ has also worked as a fashion model and actor. He played the nerdy and awkward Kyle in the Road Trip movies.
DJ dated actress and model Nikki Reed, who is most known as Rosalie Hale in the Twilight Saga.
Josh Brener is Married to Meghan Falcone Since 2014
Josh played the guy who works at the comic book store that the guy like to visit often.
Josh is known as Nelson in the HBO series Silicon Valley. In 2014, he married his fellow actress Meghan Falcone. The couple met at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. Meghan has acted in Californication and Foursome.
Which cast member dated Britain’s, Stephen Merchant?
Stephen Merchant Is Dating Mircea Monroe Since 2017
Stephen was Dave Gibbs on the show, who dated Amy for a short amount of time after she broke up with Sheldon.
Stephen is a successful British TV star who co-created the original show The Office and Extras. In 2017, he started dating Mircea, an actress who is currently starring in Episodes, with Matt LeBlanc.
Johnny Galecki Used to Date Ari Graynor in 2006
Johnny dated actress Ari Graynor. They broke up after a short while for unknown reasons. You might recognize Ari. She was in Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist and The Sitter.
Her first gig was as Caitlin Rucker in The Sopranos. Her most recent appearance was in the Showtime series I’m Dying Up Here.
Next, another rumored love affair…
Matt Bennett is Rumored to be Going Out with Liz Gillies Since 2014
Matt was Howard’s younger half-brother Josh. He’s most famous for his role as Robbie Shapiro on Nickelodeon’s Victorious.
Since 2014, rumor has it that Matt is dating his former co-star Liz Gillies. The two have been seen in selfies together and they talk about how much they love each other.
Johnny Galecki Has Been Dating Ariella Nicole Since 2015
Johnny and Ariella Nicole have been together since 2015. Fans thought they’re a couple since seeing an unclear picture of him and blonde kissing on New Year’s.
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The pair were seen together on a romantic holiday in Maui. We don’t know much about Ariella, but we do hope to get more details in the near future.