The world was in awe when it heard that Hollywood superstar Andrew Garfield had become enamored with fellow A-list starlet and Victoria’s Secret angel (and now Game of Thrones’s) Sophie Turner. The couple’s romance began when they were both 20 and quickly blossomed into a fairytale-like affair. Six years later, the couple became husband and wife and recently welcomed their first child together. Even more exciting is that it appears as though the family will continue with a second baby on the way! We couldn’t be happier for Garfield and Turner—and we’re sure their fans are too—but it’s interesting to note how their celebrity romance began and ultimately changed the course of their lives forever.
Back in 2011, when Turner was just 17 years old and Garfield was a mere 20 years old, the pair found themselves at the center of a Hollywood fling where all the stars came to play. With Turner pursuing a career in acting and Garfield focusing on his craft, the two had a lot in common and hit it off instantly. One of Turner’s earliest memories is of meeting the future Mr. Turner when she was just 15 years old and working as a busker on one of London’s busiest streets. When she saw him, she immediately froze and was unable to move until a kind stranger came by and thawed her out. She says that the encounter with Garfield was similar, except that she knew right away that he was someone special.
The following year, both actors would land roles in critically acclaimed films, with Turner taking on the female lead in Sex and the City 2 and Garfield playing the part of the drug lord J.W. Marbury in the gangster film The Social Network. The latter of which was widely considered one of the greatest films of all time and cemented Andrew Garfield’s status as a rising star.
Even though they each had a significant role to play in shaping the course of the other’s life, in many ways Turner and Garfield came from completely different worlds. Born and raised in England, she attended the prestigious London International School and later studied English Literature at Oxford University. While Garfield was born and raised in New York City and attended college at Harvard, he subsequently made the transition to acting in Los Angeles.
After playing a lead role in the 2012 indie film Safety Not Guaranteed, Turner would go on to appear in the comedy-drama Seeking a Best Fit alongside her Game of Thrones co-star Peter Serafinowicz. It was a critical and commercial success, with Turner gaining widespread acclaim for her portrayal of a young woman dealing with societal conformity, and would later be nominated for an Academy Award. In addition to her film work, Turner also appears annually in one of England’s most prestigious charity fundraisers, the Comedy Cup. In 2016, she was featured on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list as one of the most powerful and influential young adults in the world.
Garfield’s big break came in 2014 when he was cast as the lead in the teen comedy film The Gucci Suit. Directed by Richard Marks and produced by Emma Tillinger Koskoff and Scott Bernstein, the movie explores the extravagant world of a teenage fashion designer named Miles Benson who creates fake designer goods to sell to the rich and famous. The film also stars Elle MacLeman and Vincent Kartheiser.
Garfield would subsequently land roles in major Hollywood productions such as the comedy series The Inbetweeners, the crime drama The Death of Stalin, and the horror film The Devil Wears Prada. In the former, Garfield plays opposite the likes of Jon Cryss and Hugh Grant and in the latter he takes on the part of iconic fashion designer Michael Stoyanov.
Turner, on the other hand, would find herself on the receiving end of an aggressive fan campaign when her casting in the upcoming Star Wars film The Gucci Suit was announced. Several prominent Youtubers, such as Jenna Mourey and Karley Sciortino, would campaign for Turner to be given the role at least partly due to her age. The pair’s careers had now taken a definite turn and where once they had been on the cusp of stardom, now they were officially established A-listers.
New York City Vs. The English Countryside
There is a very real contrast in styles and attitudes between the two leading men. While Garfield flaunted his confidence and charisma, Turner is very much a shy and private person. In fact, while still a teenager, she successfully petitioned her local council to change the name of her street in Battersea, South London after neighbors complained that she was spoiling the local cricket score sheets with her name.
Turner is also very passionate about animal rights and has been photographed with several creatures she has rescued from certain death, including a family of eight rescued raccoons.
As for their homes, the two had very different experiences. While Garfield bought a townhouse in London’s fashionable Baker Street, Turner was raised in a stately English manor. With its sweeping lawns, stone walling, and rows of leafy trees, the house in which she was raised was set back from the road behind high brick walls and stood next to a lake.
Garfield’s estate in London is replete with details that would not look out of place in a fairytale. There is a large ballroom, a conservatory, a billiards room, and a rooftop pool with scenic views across the city. It was here that he had proposed to Turner and planned to build a family with her. Andrew Garfield’s Biggest Surprise was announced in August 2018 when it was revealed that he and his wife had bought a 19th century manor in the South of France.
While the world focused on Turner and Garfield’s fairy tale relationship, another chapter was unfolding behind the scenes. In 2017, when their six-year anniversary rolled around, the couple decided to renew their vows in a private ceremony at St. George’s Chapel in London. On the big day itself, Turner wore a vintage lace dress by British designer Valerie Anglade and adorned the altar with white orchids and blue hydrangeas.
The following year, having become parents, they chose to raise their child in a more relaxed manner and converted an old farmhouse in the French countryside into a comfortable home.
The Proposal -And Another Surprise Wedding!
The first year of Turner and Garfield’s married life was spent establishing themselves as a real couple and parents while continuing to work hard at maintaining their film careers. The couple’s first child, Esmé, was born in June 2018 and the following month, they traveled to Italy to celebrate Turner’s birthday. There, they wed in a fairytale-like ceremony at the Villa Malcontento, an 8th-century villa in the picturesque town of Torre del Lago, close to the dramatic Mount Etna. The couple celebrated the new addition to their family with friends and family at the renowned Hitching Post I Love Monty vineyard and cafe in England.
Then, in September of that year, the surprise wedding of 2018 was announced when it was revealed that Turner and Garfield had quietly married in August in a church in the countryside. The celebrity guests and well-wishers included their families, Tom Cruise, and more recently, Robert Pattinson. The wedding was a closely guarded secret and the venue was only revealed a few days before the ceremony.
The couple had once again chosen to renew their vows in a more relaxed manner this time in the company of only a handful of friends and family. The day was a heartfelt celebration for the couple and marked the culmination of three years of working hard at creating a stable and happy family. While the world would have loved to have seen Turner and Garfield’s fairy tale marriage, it seems the stars had other plans and would surprise us all with yet another twist.
Turner and Garfield may have surprised us with their engagement and wedding plans, but it seems that there is much more to come! In January 2020, it was reported that the couple are expecting their first child together. While the baby’s exact due date is yet to be revealed, it is believed that Turner is already in her third trimester.
Whether or not their newborn will be a boy or a girl, they are sure to be a beauty! And just like that, our fascination with Turner and Garfield’s romance and subsequent marriage continues.