You probably know Charlie Hunnam, the hunky blonde actor who played Jackson “Jax” Teller in Sons of Anarchy. And yes, ladies, he is taken. He’s been with Morgana McNelis for 17 years. Here is everything you need to know about the actor and his gorgeous leading lady.
Charlie Hunnam’s Early Life
Charles Matthew Hunnam was born April 10, 1980, in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. He was raised by his mother, Jane Bell, who was a business owner and ballet dancer. He has one full-blooded brother, William, and two half-brothers from when his mom remarried.
Charlie played rugby and had a propensity towards fighting with his comrades as a child. This led to him getting expelled from Queen Elizabeth Grammar School and becoming a homeschooled kid instead. After that, he studied film theory, film history, and performing arts at Cumbria College of Art and Design.
Charlie’s first professional acting gig was as Jason in the TV series Byker Grove in 1998. He’s starred in quite a few popular TV shows. He was Nathan Maloney in Queer as Folk, Gregor Ryder in Young Americans, Lloyd Hathe in Undeclared, Jax in Sons of Anarchy, and most recently, Lin Ford in Shantaram (which he also produced). His IMDb includes movie roles such as King Arthur in Legend of the Sword, Patric in Children of Men, and Raleigh Becket in Pacific Rim.
Charlie’s Interests (And Love Interests)
In 2016, Charlie started training in Brazilian Jiujitsu, earning a Blue Belt two years later. Surprisingly, he is dyslexic (we would never know from watching him). He loves organic farming and isn’t afraid of the dirt, but he considers himself a germaphobe when it comes to other things. For instance, he doesn’t do kissing scenes (but he loves to kiss his lady!).
Before getting together with his current girlfriend, Morgana, Charlie was married. He married actress Katharine Towne in 1999 just three weeks after starting to date her. The two met while auditioning for Dawson’s Creek, then went to Las Vegas to get hitched. They divorced in 2002.
Other girlfriends of Charlie’s include author and former fashion model Sophia Dahl, actress Stella Parker, and producer Georgina Townsley.
Morgana McNelis: Charlie Hunnam’s Girlfriend of 17 Years
Charlie and Morgana have been dating for a whopping 17 years.
Morgana was born July 9, 1983, making her just a few years younger than Charlie.
While Morgana tries to stay out of the spotlight, she has been spotted at red-carpet events and out and about with Hunnam. She’s absolutely stunning and in fact has a couple of acting credits under her belt as well. She’s also produced a short film called 187: The McKenna Murders and worked in the Costume and Wardrobe Department for the thriller Isolation.
However, Morgana’s main gig these days is as a designer. She owns a jewelry company called Maison de Morgana (MDM). Her Instagram @maisondemorgana is full of stunning jewelry pieces and photos of her travels, but she manages to keep her personal life private. The tone is usually set in a way that boosts causes and other people, which is a testament to Morgana’s humility.
And if you look closely enough, you’ll find the occasional picture of Morgana and Charlie. Like this one from the Sons of Anarchy Season 7 Premiere:
In fact, because Charlie Hunnam doesn’t use social media himself, this is probably the only place apart from Paparazzi photos where you’ll find pics of them together.
Keeping the Romance Alive
On her relationship with Charlie, Morgana once told Taylor Magazine that it’s important to allow your partner to evolve so that you can fall in love “over and over” again.
“I think the key to maintaining a good balance is creating a safe space within the relationship for both partners in which to grow and evolve,” she told the outlet. “It’s very important to be present and participate in each other’s experiences so that falling in love doesn’t happen just once, it continues to happen over and over.” (Quote provided via PopSugar).
Charlie and Morgana Own a Ranch with Farm Animals
The couple bought a ranch together outside of Hollywood, where they keep donkeys, ducks, 30 chickens, and an organic garden.
In a 2017 interview with Men’s Health, Charlie said that his secret to staying fit, dealing with anger, and keeping his relationship alive was having lots of sex and working out.
“We are supposed to be very active animals,” he said. “It’s our DNA. Sweating is how I change my oil every day. I just feel happier, more positive, energized, and disciplined if I work out.”
He added, “I also try to make love as often as I can. That’s an important part of fitness.”
While the couple isn’t married, Morgana did give Charlie a diamond ring. She made him a diamond-encrusted ring that has the words, “I love you endlessly” engraved on the inside.
“I love it,” Charlie once told Elle. “It’s so discrete and beautiful.