How Did Charlie Hunnam Meet His Partner Morgana McNelis?

Charlie Hunnam has remained relatively quiet about his longtime girlfriend, Morgana McNelis. Aside from occasionally defending McNelis against social media trolls, Hunnam likes to keep his romance tightly under wraps. But how did the Sons of Anarchy star meet McNelis in the first place?

Charlie Hunnam and Morgana McNelis (2008)
Charlie Hunnam and Morgana McNelis (2008) | Photo by Michael Tran / FilmMagic)

Inside Hunnam and McNelis’ early days

Because Hunnam rarely talks about McNelis in interviews, it is difficult to nail down exactly when they started dating. Previous reports had the pair dating as early as 2007, though Hunnam wrote a few years ago that they had been together since 2005.

While we have a pretty good idea when they met, it is anyone’s guess how and where they originally met. That said, we can make a few educated guesses about how Hunnam and McNelis first ran into each other.

According to Bustle, McNelis is a well-known jewelry designer in Los Angeles and has allegedly made things for various Sons of Anarchy cast members. There is a strong chance that McNelis has various celebrity clients in Hollywood, which means she and Charlie Hunnam may have been introduced by mutual friends. There is no telling who may have got them together, but whoever it was clearly has a knack for matchmaking.

How else could Charlie Hunnam and Morgana McNelis have met?

If the 2005 time frame is correct, it is possible that Hunnam met McNelis while working on the movie, Green Street Hooligans. Perhaps they ran into each other while he was making his way to the studio? Hunnam and McNelis are also known to be fans of sustainable gardening, so it is possible that they met at a local farmer’s market as well.

Another possibility is that they met in a local book club of sorts. Charlie Hunnam has previously admitted that he loves reading books, including the entire Fifty Shades of Grey series.

At the end of the day, Hunnam and McNelis have never revealed anything about the circumstances that brought them together. Hunnam has gushed about McNelis in past interviews, but he rarely reveals any details about their relationship.

We do know, however, that they purchased a ranch together in 2013. At the time of the sale, the estate featured a large garden, donkeys, and chickens.

Hunnam defends McNelis on social media

A few years ago, a group of Hunnam’s fans heavily criticized McNelis on social media. In response, Hunnam blasted the online bullies and asked them to stop attacking his girlfriend online. The actor penned a letter about the bullying and asked everyone to leave McNelis alone.

Charlie Hunnam, who usually keeps his private life away from the spotlight, made it very clear that he was unhappy about the attacks and used some colorful language to make his point.

Shortly after Hunnam’s post, McNelis released her own letter about the situation on social media. The jewelry designer thanked all of the fans who defended her against the attacks. She also admitted that she is grateful for the support and sounded like she had gotten over what happened. Hunnam has yet to follow up on the post, so perhaps his letter actually made a difference.

Charlie Hunnam opens up about romance

With Hunnam’s romance with McNelis spanning over a decade, the Sons of Anarchy alum knows a thing or two about keeping a relationship strong. In an interview from 2017, Hunnam shared some of his secrets about how he has kept his romance fresh over the years.

The actor revealed that he often does things to surprise McNelis, like cleaning the entire house when she’s gone and buying her flowers for the kitchen.

He also makes sure to keep things steamy in the romance department, which he feels is a key element to any successful relationship. Hunnam obviously works hard to keep his relationship steady, but it has clearly paid off.

Before dating McNelis, Charlie Hunnam was actually married to actress Katharine Towne. The pair tied the knot in 1999 after meeting on the set of a project. They officially separated three years later. Although Hunnam and McNelis have been dating for well over a decade, they have yet to exchange vows.