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A Family Affair: Recent TV and Film Projects Featuring Real-Life Couples, Kin

Doctor Who and Good Omens icon David Tennant is set to co-star with his wife, Georgia, in a new conspiracy thriller series called Hide for the Peacock streaming service, Deadline reported Wednesday. This won’t be the first time the couple will act together. They also appeared together as fictionalized versions of themselves in two seasons of the British lockdown-themed comedy, Staged. But the Tennants aren’t the only artists to share both a home and a screen in recent memory.    

Here are a few TV and film projects featuring cast members connected by blood or marriage.

The Amazon documentary, Val, is about the extraordinary life and career of The Doors, Tombstone, True Romance, Batman Forever and Top Gun actor Val Kilmer. Dogged by rumors he was difficult to work with and sidelined by a battle with throat cancer, Kilmer attempts to set the record straight about his artistic process and health issues with the use of his own personal home movies. His children Jack and Mercedes speak on his behalf since he has been largely robbed of his voice.

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Val and Mercedes also played father and daughter in the 2020 movie, Paydirt.       

Flag Day is a United Artists drama based on Jennifer Vogel’s memoir, Flim-Flam Man: The True Story of My Father’s Counterfeit Life. Oscar winner Sean Penn directed the film and plays a con artist whose daughter — played by Sean’s actual offspring Dylan — is struggling to come to terms with his past. Dylan is one of Sean’s two children with his ex-wife, actress Robin Wright. The former couple starred in 1997’s She’s So Lovely.  

Married TV stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Hilarie Burton hosted the AMC reality series, Friday Night with the Morgans, from their home throughout the coronavirus pandemic. The former One Tree Hill castmates also teamed up on Morgan’s zombie apocalypse series, The Walking Dead, when Burton guest starred in a flashback scene as Lucille, the legendary late wife of Morgan’s villainous character, Negan.  

Frank of Ireland, streaming now on Amazon, is a comedy set in a Dublin suburb. It follows slacker best friends Frank and Doofus, played by real-life brothers Domhnall and Brian Gleeson. Brendan Gleeson, the actors’ well-known father, shows up late in the series to steal some scenes as Frank’s absentee dad.

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Domhnall and Brendan had previously worked together on the Harry Potter movie franchise, with Domhnall playing Bill Weasley and Brendan playing Mad-Eye Moody.

Filmmaker and actor Kevin Smith frequently puts his wife, Jennifer Schwalbach Smith, and daughter, Harley Quinn Smith, in his big-screen comedies. The family was most recently seen in 2019’s Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, but Harley will also appear in her father’s soon-to-be-released, horror-comedy anthology film, Kilroy Was Here.  

Michael Gandolfini plays a younger version of New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano in The Many Saints of Newark, an upcoming Warner Bros./HBO Max prequel to HBO’s Emmy-winning drama series, The Sopranos. The show, which ran 1999-2007, starred Michael’s father, James, as a middle-aged Tony.

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James died of a heart attack in 2013 at the age of 51.  

Karen Butler
Karen Butlerhttps://www.cinemadailyus.com
Karen Butler is based in the New York metro area and has written about film, TV, music, books and theater for more than 25 years for media outlets such as United Press International, The Irish Echo, The Brooklyn Paper, Book magazine and The New Jersey Herald. She loves speaking with artists about their passion projects, then sharing these conversations with readers in the form of accurate, entertaining feature stories. In addition to interviewing celebrities, she also covers breaking news, film festivals, premieres and themed conventions.

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