Ozark: Who is dating who? The real-life relationships behind Ozark

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Netflix series Ozark is going strong after the series first debuted in 2017 starring Jason Bateman and Laura Linney as Marty and Wendy Byrde, a couple forced to launder money in Missouri after falling foul of a Mexican drug cartel. The series has a large cast with viewers meeting the weird and wonderful residents of the Ozarks as well the more unsavoury characters Marty and Wendy deal with. The show has built up a strong following – but what about the real-life romances?

Jason Bateman

Along with playing crooked Chicago financier Marty Byrde, Jason Bateman also serves as a director on Ozark.

The Arrested Development star is married to fellow actress Amanda Anka with the couple tying the knot in 2001.

Anka is best known for her roles in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie, Lost Highway and Taxi.

The couple has two children together daughters Francesca and Sylvie.

Bateman praised his wife during an interview with People in 2019, saying: “She’s got a full-time career herself and she’s able to be an incredible mom, and she’s also almost a full-time dad too because I’m out of town so much.

“I’m floored by that. That keeps me grounded. That reminds me that I’ve got a real strong example to kind of live up to what she’s showing.”


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Laura Linney

Laura Linney plays Wendy Byrde in Ozark, whose marriage is in the rocks to Marty.

In season one, she even has an affair with plans to leave her husband but it’s all scuppered by the cartel.

However, in real-life Linney is happily married to real estate agent Marc Schauer with the pair getting hitched in 2009.

They first met at the Telluride film festival in 2004 and have been together ever since.

The couple welcomed their son Bennett Armistead Schauer in 2014.

Linney was previously married to actor and playwright David Adkins between 1995 and 2000.

Julia Garner

Taking on the role of whip-smart Ozarks local and the Byrdes’ associate Ruth Langmore is rising star Julia Garner.

Garner married musician Mark Foster in December 2019 in New York City after getting engaged earlier in the year.

Foster is a singer-songwriter best known as the frontman of band Foster the People.

They first met at the Sundance Film Festival after hit it off from there.

Speaking to Vogue about her wedding, Garner said of her outfit for the big day: “I love pants suits, and I always thought that if I were to get married in a courthouse, I wanted to wear one.”

She added: “I wanted a Carrie Bradshaw moment. But of course for the party, I wanted something more soft and feminine.”

Sofia Hublitz

Better known as the Byrdes eldest child Charlotte, young star Sofia Hublitz is very private and not much is known about who she is dating.

Charlie Tahan

Up-and-coming actor Charlie Tahan plays Wyatt Langmore, who foregoes college after he’s plunged into grief by the death of his father.

In Ozark season three, Wyatt starts a romance with widow Darlene Snell (Lisa Emery) after she offers him a place to say.

But in real life, not much is known about Tahan’s dating life with his Instagram account not revealing any clues.

Lisa Emery

Lisa Emery portrays ruthless heroin farmer Darlene Snell, who bumped off her husband Jacob (Peter Mullan) and later started a romance with Wyatt.

Actress Emery was previously married to actor Josh Pais with the pair getting married in 1990 and have son Zane together. Sadly, the couple parted ways in 2003.


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Peter Mullan

Scottish filmmaker and actor Peter Mullan played heroin kingpin Jacob in seasons one and two before his wife Darlene murdered him.

Mullan has been previously to actress and scriptwriter Ann Swan in 1989 before they later divorced in 2006. The couple have three children together.

He was previously with human rights campaigner Robina Qureshi with the pair sharing one child together.

However, they split in 2011 and he was reportedly dating New Zealand soap actress Robyn Malcolm.

Since then, it’s not clear who the Top of the Lake and Westworld actor is dating.

Janet McTeer

In the role of hard-nosed Navarro Cartel attorney Helen Pierce is British actress Janet McTeer.

Season three revealed the lawyer’s marriage was in tatters, while she had a complicated relationship with her two teenage children.

In real life McTeer is married to poet and fashion consultant Joseph Coleman and live together in his native Maine.

They first met in 2009 after Coleman went to see a play McTeer was starring in at the time.

Speaking to The New Yorker in 2016, McTeer recalled dating Coleman, saying: “Wow, this is what they mean when they call it ‘falling in love.’”

She added: “The only power I have is to put my hands out and stop it, but the damage is already done. I just knew he was the love of my life. And he is.”

Ozark seasons 1 to 3 are streaming on Netflix now

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