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Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick's relationship timeline

The Sex in the City actress met her beau in 1991…

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Updated: 8 August 2023
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Move over Mr. Big, because Sarah Jessica Parker's real-life beau, Matthew Broderick couldn't be more in love if he tried. 

SJP was already an established actress before she shot to complete Hollywood stardom in 1998 in her starring role as Carrie Bradshaw in Sex in the City. Before meeting her adoring husband Matthew, she dated a slew of impressive A-listers, including Robert Downey Jr.and John F Kennedy Jr.

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The happy couple are both actors

But it was Matthew who finally stole the 90s It-Girl's heart and we couldn't be more here for it. Keep scrolling to find out everything you need to know about Sarah and Matthew's relationship…

How did Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick meet?

Who said love at first sight was just the stuff of fairytales? According to a heartfelt interview with Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live in 2022, actor Matthew revealed he knew the moment he set eyes on Sarah that she was the one. "The first time I met her. I saw her walking down the street, and thought, 'That's it.'" 

The loved-up duo met in 1991 through Sarah's brothers Pippin and Toby, who were friends with The Lion King actor after he directed a play at their theatre company, Naked Angels Theatre Company. 

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The couple photographed in 1993

SJP had just split with her former beau and Sherlock Holmes star, Robert, so it took a few months, but eventually, the now-couple went out to the movies together. Matthew explained in an interview with The New York Times in 1996: "My memory is that literally months passed when I didn't ask her for a date," to which SJP replied, "Your memory is correct."

She added: "He left a very charming, very self-effacing message on the machine," she recalled. "You know, 'Hi, it's Matthew Broderick.' You had to use your last name."

When did Sarah and Matthew get married?

Sarah and Matthew went on to tie the knot on 19 May 1997, one year before Sex in the City graced our screens. The happy couple opted for a subtle affair and bamboozled guests with their invitations, which you can see below on the second slide. 

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Rather than revealing the occasion was to mark their nuptials, Sarah and Michael pretended their get-together (of around 100 people), was simply a party. The actress, who is also famed for her incredible sense of style, didn't even wear a traditional ivory wedding gown and instead opted for a waist-cinching black dress - but of course, she still looked flawless.

Matthew's mom Patrica made a hilarious quip to People magazine about the laid-back affair, jesting: "They're not the Kennedys," a fun call-back to Sarah's former beau.

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Sarah also opened up to the publication about her big day. "I never thought about a wedding dress. Never," she said. "[I] had not one daydream about it. At one point I just simply remember thinking, 'God, I really hope he asks me to marry him.' I don't know when or why. It was fairly early on." The couple celebrated their 26th Wedding Anniversary in May 2023.

Do Sarah and Matthew have children?

The husband-and-wife duo are doting parents to three children, James Wilkie, 20, and twin daughters Tabitha Hodge and Marion Loretta Elwell, 13. They welcomed their firstborn James on 28 October 2002, and affectionately named him after his late grandfather, James Broderick.

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Sarah and Matthew are adoring parents

Nearly seven years later, on 22 June 2009, their family was complete with the addition of two beautiful twin girls, Tabitha and Marion. 

While doing promotional interviews for the second series of the Sex and the City spin-off And Just Like That..., Sarah opened up about the family's home life. "We cook every night, it's a source of huge amount of pride for everybody, but it's also mystifying because we just don't order in as a family," she said.

​"And on the rare occasion we have… we always hear [of] other families, they do it and then one kid orders from this place and one kid [from another]," she continued. "It's so confusing… But we really do cook 5 to 6 nights a week for sure. We try to always have a Sunday dinner – we invite people."

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