Sometimes an onscreen passion and romance that ignite between two people when they are paired in a movie transcend beyond the screens.
Nollywood has a beautiful tale of actors who appeared as couples in a movie consolidating that chemistry long after the director has said ‘cut.’
It is just similar to what happens in Hollywood, most significantly how celebrity couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie met on the set of ‘Mr. and Mrs. Smith’ movie somewhere in 2006. On how their relationship started, Jolie had said;
“Because of the film we ended up being brought together to do all these crazy things and I think we found this strange friendship and partnership that kind of just suddenly happened,” she told the publication. “I think a few months in I realized, ‘God, I can’t wait to get to work.’”
She added, “We just became kind of a pair. And it took until, really, the end of the shoot for us, I think, to realize that it might mean something more than we’d earlier allowed ourselves to believe.”
You can also vividly remember that our very own Chris Attoh from Ghana met his former Nigerian wife Damilola Adegbite while filming Africa’s biggest telenovela, ‘Tinsel’, same as Florence Uwaleke & Iyke Okechukwu who also met on the same movie set.Today, I’m going to share with you 12 actors who met their partners on a movie set. Maybe the next time you’re watching something, you can see someone from this list and turn to your friend and say, “Oh, did you know these two actually met on a movie set?”
Without further ado, let’s jump right in!
1. Banky W and Adesua Etomi
Despite meeting and being friends since 2015, Nollywood actors Banky W and Adesua Etomi didn’t officially start dating until 2016. This was the year they acted together on the Nigerian blockbuster The Wedding Party. During this time, their romantic relationship blossomed.
In fact, their romance was so obvious that even co-star Sola Sobawale said in a statement congratulating the couple:
My Adesua, I remember the conversation we had about finding ‘the one’. Funny thing is I saw this happening after seeing you both together on set. I am not sure what it was, but I was moved. I just decided to keep it to myself and simply pray for you.
The couple got married in 2017.
2. Ireti Doyle and Patrick Doyle
Patrick Doyle and Ireti Doyle met on a movie set. In fact, Patrick reportedly fell in love with Ireti the moment he saw her walk in at 19 to audition for a movie role.
She got the part and during the filming of that movie, Patrick and Ireti grew closer.
The couple got married and have been married now for over 20 years.
3. Linda Ejiofor and Ibrahim Suleman
Linda Ejiofor and Ibrahim Suleman both appeared on the long-running Nigerian soap, Tinsel. The two started off as friends, but gradually built a romance over time while working together. Things got more serious and their romantic feelings extended outside of work.
The two got married in 2018.
4. Stella Damasus and Daniel Ademinokan
Daniel Ademinokan is a movie producer who met Stella Damasus while they were both working. At the time, Stella had just lost her husband and Daniel had been through a very messy public divorce.
Still, they came together and worked it out. The couple have now been married since 2007.
5. Gbenro Ajibade and Osas Ighodaro
Gbenro and Osas met on the set of Tinsel (which btw, maybe it’s time for me to get on Tinsel because the number of people who’ve met on Tinsel is hilarious).
The pair hit it off, started a romance, and later got married in 2015. Despite having a child together, things didn’t work out between the two and they’ve since divorced.
6. Kehinde Bankole and Enyinna Nwigwe
Kehinde and Enyinna have acted in many projects before, but when pictures and rumors of an on-set romance started hitting the internet, eyes started turning. All of the pictures and gossip ultimately resulted in the movie Dear Affy that came out in 2020.
The movie sees the two play lovers, and although neither of them have officially confirmed or denied their relationship, people still wonder if their on-screen chemistry is also happening off-screen.
7. Olu Jacobs and Joke Silva
Olu Jacobs has famously said that the first time he saw Joke Silva, he told her he was going to marry her. The two met in 1981 at a rehearsal and got married in 1985.
They’ve been married since.
8. Chacha Eke and Austin Ikechukwu
Chacha Eke and movie producer Austin Ikechukwu formed a romantic relationship while working on a production together.
The couple hit it off and got on so well that in 2013, they got married. They’ve been married ever since.
9. Toyin Abraham and Adeniyi Johnson
Toyin Abraham met Adeniyi Johnson on the set of one her movies in 2012, and the two got really close really fast. In 2013, they got married.
However, the marriage didn’t work out and the two are no longer together.
10. Damilola Adegbite and Chris Attoh
Damilola Adegbite and Chris Attoh met on the set of Tinsel (yes, Tinsel again!)
Chris proposed to Damilola in Manhattan, NY, and in 2015, the couple got married.
However, the marriage didn’t work out and in 2017, the couple went their different ways.
11. Tchidi Chikere and Nuella Njubigbo
Popular movie director, Tchidi Chikere and actress, Nuella Njubigbo met on her birthday and developed a romantic relationship while working together.
The couple got married in 2014 and have been happily married since.
12. Nobert Young and Gloria Anozie
Nobert Young and Gloria Anozie are two veteran actors whose romantic relationship grew hotter as they worked together.
The two are married and have been blessed with three children.