Sons of Anarchy is FX’s hit series based around an outlaw motorcycle club operating in California’s Central Valley. The programme features a lot of leather, plaid shirts and yep – motorbikes – as the story focuses on Jackson ‘Jax’ Teller and his growing doubts about the actions of the club.
The series became an instant hit for FX and quickly overtook the channel’s other offerings to become its highest-rated programme of all time. Charlie Hunnam shot to fame and was once rumoured to be in the running for the next James Bond film. The series finale aired on 9th December 2014 and fans will be pleased to know that work has now started on a prequel entitled The First 9.
Now let’s meet some of the real-life partners of the original cast…
1. Charlie Hunnam & Morgana McNelis
English actor Charlie Hunnam plays the leading role of “Jax” Teller, the President (and later Vice President) of the Sons of Anarchy. When he’s not speeding around on a Harley Davidson, Hunnam can be found hanging out with artist wife Morgana McNelis. They’ve been together since 2005 and Hunnam recently revealed that he loves to cook pasta for his girlfriend!
2. Kurt Sutter & Katey Sagal
In the series, Jax’s feisty and lovable biker mum is played by actress Katey Sagal. What’s more, her third and current husband is none other than Sons of Anarchy creator and writer Kurt Sutter, so the series is an all-family affair with this couple! The pair have been married for 14 years and welcomed a child by surrogate in 2007.
3. Kim Coates & Diana Coates
Kim is a Canadian-American actor who is best known for playing bloodthirsty Tig Trager in the series. His character’s love of violence often strains his relationships with those around him – especially Jax. Off-screen Kim is a much calmer character who has been married to his wife Diana since 1984! The pair have two children and currently reside in California.
4. Tommy Flanagan & Dina Livingston
Tommy Flanagan is a tough guy from Glasgow who plays Chibs Telford in the biker drama. However, in real-life he’s happily married to wife Dina Livingston. The pair tied the knot in 2010 and it seems that married life suits Tommy – he recently stated that he’d given up his partying ways to settle down with his wife and child.
5. Theo Rossi & Meghan McDermott
American actor Theo Rossi is best known for playing double-crossing biker Juice Ortiz in the Sons of Anarchy series. He also stars in Luke Cage, playing smart gangster ‘Shades’ Alvarez. Off-screen, Rossi married Texan native Meghan in 2014. Meghan gave birth to a baby boy, Arlo, in August 2017, who will become sibling to their first child, 3-year old Kane.
6. Maggie Siff & Paul Ratliff
Maggie Siff is no stranger to the small screen, having previously played Jewish heiress Rachel Menken in Mad Men. Her alter-ego in hit series Sons of Anarchy is none less than Tara Knowles, Jax’s childhood sweetheart who eventually becomes a doctor. Maggie is currently married to Paul Ratliff, and the pair welcomed a baby girl, Lucy, in April 2014.
7. Ron Perlman & Opal Stone
Ron Perlman is a veteran actor and voice artist who has had a successful career spanning over thirty years. Before working on Sons of Anarchy he appeared in the TV series of Beauty and the Beast, a role which won him a Golden Globe in 1989. He also starred in films including Police Academy: Mission to Moscow (1994) and Alien: Resurrection (1997).
He joined the cast of Sons of Anarchy in 2008, playing the role of Clay Morrow, the International President of the Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club and husband to Katey Sagal’s Gemma. In real life, Ron is married to jewellery designer Opal Stone. Perlman previously stated that the pair met when his friend was working in a jewellery shop and Opal walked in! The pair married in 1981.
8. Ryan Hurst & Molly Cookson
Ryan Hurst might best be remembered by fans for some of the wacky hairstyles he’s sported over the course of the series! The hairy biker dude played Opie Winston in Sons of Anarchy, a loyal best friend to Jax and the rest of SAMCRO – his final act in the series sees Opie sacrificing himself to save the other members of the motorcycle club. Ryan previously starred in Disney’s Remember the Titans (2001) and The Ladykillers (2004) alongside Tom Hanks.
Off-screen, Ryan is happily married to actress Molly Cookson. They first met all the way back in 1994, and remained together for 11 years before tying the knot in May 2005. Overall they’ve bucked the trend of Hollywood marriages and have remained together, happy and in love, for 24 years.
9. William Lucking & Sigrid Insull
Before Lucking joined the cast of Sons of Anarchy, he already starred as a biker in Hell’s Belles (1961) and Wild Rovers (1971). However, he is best known for playing Piney Winston, who was one of the founding members of SAMC alongside John Teller. After the unfortunate death of his first wife Mimi from cancer, Lucking later married Sigrid Insull.
10. Michael Ornstein & Zoe Ornstein
Michael plays a recurring role throughout the series as Chuck Marstein, a prison friend to Otto who has most of his fingers cut off due to a compulsive masturbation disorder! Thankfully life doesn’t mirror art for Michael, who is happily married to wife Zoe. The couple keep a low profile but we do know that they share two children together.