The Real Life Partners of ‘The Big Bang Theory’ Stars

Since its debut in September 2007, The Big Bang Theory has been a big hit winning more and more fans over these years. The sitcom has cheered the life of all kind of nerds and its cast of geeks has charmed the hearts of millions of young people.

Part of that success is because the cast has a big chemistry since the very beginning. Against the odds, relationships have begun, marriages have been carried out, and babies have been born. And that’s what we are going to see in this slideshow, how Sheldon, Leonard, Bernadette, Penny and the rest of the group have real relationships, families, and flings on their lives.

Simon Helberg and Jocelyn Towne (married since 2007)

On the series, the former astronaut Howard Holowitz fell in love with microbiologist Bernadette in the 10th season, and the couple had a child. But actually, the actor Simon Helberg is the happy husband of the actress and producer Jocelyn Towne since 2007. It’s not the first the couple works together, though. For instance, they co-directed the romantic comedy “We’ll never have Paris” in 2014. But now, they are focusing on their children, Adeline and Wilder.

Kaley Cuoco and Josh Resnik (dated in 2011-2012)

Kaley Cuoco (who portrays Penny) has been the leading blonde bombshell of the show. So it’s not a big surprise that the actress hasn’t had problems to keep an active dating life away from the cameras. But in 2011, she was engaged to the web specialist Josh Resnik. Sadly, the couple separated one year after.

Jim Parsons and Todd Spiewak (married in 2017)

Sheldon Cooper is perhaps the most iconic character of the entire Bin Bang cast. The actor Jim Parsons had an extravagant wedding with his long-time partner Todd Spiewak on the 65th floor of Rockefeller Center in NY. The cast and crew of the show with family and close friends enjoyed and celebrated the union.

Kaley Cuoco and Bret Bolinger (dated in 2012-2013)

For about a year, Kaley Cuoco was dating with Bret Bolinger, a Hawaiian-born reggae musician/composer. The actress and the singer were first sighted together at an NBA’s game in 2012. But despite sharing many moments of PDA, the relationship ended just one year after.

John Ross Bowie and Jamie Denbo (married in 2004)

John portrayed Dr. Barry Kripke who is a string theorist with a bad attitude. He is Sheldon Cooper’s academy nemesis at the university at which they are working. But in real life, Bowie doesn’t have the social ineptitude of his character and he’s currently married to Jamie Denbo, who appeared in the 2016 Ghostbuster reboot.

Johnny Galecki and Kelsey Harper (dated in 2007)

When The Big Bang was broadcasted for the first time, the actor Johnny Galecki had a happy relationship with actress Kelsey Harper. However, the stress of the spotlight eventually surpassed her. After breaking with Johnny, she decided to have a radical change in her occupation and focused her efforts on becoming a successful florist in Los Angeles, California.

Mayim Bialik and Michael Stone (divorced 2003-2012)

Mayim Bialik portrays the neurobiologist Amy Fowler on the show. On TBBT, she is married to her former neighbor, Sheldon Cooper. But in the real life, Mayim had also a devoted husband as in the series. But in order to marry Mayim, Michael Stone had to convert from Mormonism. Unfortunately, after 9 years of marriage and having 2 sons together, the couple opted to separate.

Wil Wheaton and Anne Wheaton (married since1999)

Curiously, actor Wil Wheaton ending plays himself on the set of the Big Bang Theory pestering Sheldon and his gang. But in real life, he spends most of his time with his adorable wife, Anne Wheaton. The couple has raised together Anne’s two children from her previous marriage. In fact, Wil has legally adopted one of them as his own.

Brian Patrick Wade and Jill Wade (married since 2007)

On the early period of the series, Brian made a few appearances portraying Kurt, an old love of Penny. Since his success on Big Band, the actor has managed to do occasional appearances on other series including Arrested Development, The Mentalist, and NCIS. But in real life, he’s enjoying to be the husband of the female bodybuilder Jill Wade.

Brian Posehn and Melanie Truhett (married since 2004)

Brian Posehn portrays Bert who has a crush on Amy and is an employee that works at Caltech’s geology department. But in real life, Brian has many appearances on the Sarah Silverman Program and works in voice acting. Besides, he has been a dedicated husband for his wife, Melanie Truhett, who has one son together.

Mark Harelik and Spencer Kayden (married since 2004)

Mark has been a familiar face on sitcoms over the years. In fact, he’s made appearances on other shows like Boy Meets World, Will & Grace, and Seinfeld. But in the Big Bang, he perfectly fit for the role of Dr. Eric Gablehauser, Sheldon’s boss at Caltech. In real life, Mark is married to the fellow performer Spencer Kayden since 2004.

Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco (dated 2008-2010)

After the launch of the Big Bang Theory, the fellow actors Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco began to date in secret. But eventually, the secret was revealed to the public, who were surprised to know that Leonard and Penny were actually dating in real life. However, the relationship came to an end after 2 years, but they have still an excellent work relationship.

Kaley Cuoco and Ryan Sweeting (divorced 2013-2016)

The actress who portrays Penny shocked the media and the fans when she announced that she was engaged to tennis player Ryan Sweeting after just 3 months of dating. The couple lived happily together for a couple years, but sadly, due to several rumors concerning their relationship, they decided to divorce.

Alessandra Torresani and Rob Kardashian (rumored in 2011)

To Big Bang’s fans, Alessandra is remembered for her portrayal of Claire, one of Raj’s girlfriends. But she was caught in the middle of the spotlight when it was rumored she was dating Rob Kardashian. However, that rumors never confirmed. Rob had a child with the adult entertainer Blac Chyna, and Alessandra continued her acting career.

Johnny Galecki and Kelli Garner (dated 2012-2014)

When Kaley Cuoco was married to Ryan Sweeting, Johnny brought the actress Kelli Garner as his couple to the celebration. Therefore, this confirmed an actual relationship between them and they were frequently seen together for the next couple of years. However, after they started to assist several events separately, it became evident that Johnny and Kelli had separated.

Margo Harshman and Chris Marquette (dated 2003-2005)

Margo had a recurring role on the Big Bang as doctoral student Alex Jensen. In the show, she felt attracted to Leonard, much to Penny’s dismay. But in the real life, Margo managed to steal Chris Marquette’s heart.

Sara Rue and Kevin Price (married in 2011)

On the show, Dr. Stephanie Barnett’s relationship with Leonard had a quick end when things started to move too fast for them. But in real life, Sara got married to her longtime partner Kevin Prince in 201. The couple has two children together.

Keith Carradine and Hayley DuMond (married since 2006)

Keith has portrayed Wyatt, Penny’s father, on the show. Despite making a few appearances, those moments have proven to be very memorable for the fans. Besides of having an active acting career, Keith has a solid marriage with actress Hayley DuMond since 2006.

Michael Trucco and Sandra Hess (married since 2009)

Many Big Bang’s fans know that Leonard is not Penny’s only love interest; for some time she fell in love with physicist David Underhill. However, the romance doesn’t end very well when it was uncovered that he’s a married man. In the real world, Michael is the husband of the actress and model Sandra Hess.

Rick Fox and Vanessa Williams (divorced 1999-2005)

Before Bernadette began her relationship with Howard, she had a brief romance with college professor Glenn, who is played by Rick Fox. Before starting his acting career, Rick was a professional basketball player who played for the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers respectively. He got married to the former Miss America winner Vanessa Williams but they departed ways in 2005.

Sara Gilbert and Linda Perry (married in 2014)

Sara began having romantic relationships with women after she broke up with Jimmy Galecki in the 1990s. Eventually, she found love and stability with Linda Perry, the former lead singer of the rock group 4 Non-Blondes. The couple now spends most of their time raising their adopted young child together.


Kaley Cuoco and Karl Cook (dating since 2016)

Kaley Cuoco has had an accidental romantic life filled this many ups and downs. Fortunately, it seems that she finally has found love with Karl Cook, her current boyfriend. He is a professional equestrian who shares Kaley’s love for horses. They are happily living together at their ranch and she has claimed that Karl may be “the one.”