David Harbour is at the height of his career right now. He has been acting for a while, but his big break came when he was cast to play the role of Jim Hopper in Stranger Things.

David began his career as a professional actor in 1999 when he appeared in the Broadway revival of The Rainmaker. He then appeared in several roles in TV shows such as Law & Order, Pan Am, and The Newsroom. These were minor roles, but they set him up for his role in Stranger Things.

David has received global recognition for his acting and his looks. He has what people call a ‘dad-bod’, and fans are loving it. He enjoys the attention that he is getting, and David hopes that he can influence the acting industry to be more inclusive when it comes to body types.

Harbour’s acting career is well documented, and most of us know a lot about his journey to superstardom. However, his love life hasn’t achieved a lot of coverage. That’s partly because Harbour prefers to keep his private life secret.

Keep reading to find out more about David Harbour’s relationships. You might be surprised to find out that your favorite sheriff is a bit of a ladies man.

He was in a public relationship with Alison Sudol

Alison Sudol and David Harbour
Alison Sudol and David Harbour at the premiere of Hellboy in 2019 (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)

Harbour’s relationship with Alison is perhaps his most famous relationship. The couple sparked relationship rumors when they appeared together at the 2018 Golden Globes and the Critics’ Choice Awards. They looked to be very close during the awards.

Sudol plays the role of Queenie Goldstein in the Fantastic Beasts movies. She is also the lead singer of the band, A Fine Frenzy. Harbour showed his appreciation for Sudol’s creative process via a video post on Instagram. The post also described the effects of their relationship on Sudol’s life. Harbour captioned the post;

This rockstar’s beautiful video just hit www.nowness.com. She is very sad in it. She wrote it before she met me. Luckily. Because after meeting me, your life becomes unbearably happy and you can never write sad songs again. You can only write about shitting rainbows and farting glitter. Cause you are so. Damn. Happy.

Harbour described Sudol as being very happy with their relationship. Sudol affirmed her happiness with Harbour when she posted a photo of him on Valentine’s Day. She captioned the photo;

What a generous, large-hearted, roaring wonder of a person I get to walk around and do stuff with…What an ignited soul, what a fire-spirit. What a brilliant artist. What a caring, deep, intuitive individual, who has changed my life completely and utterly. What a lucky woman I am. Love is a really great thing, and rare…Thanks for making my life infinitely more all of it, @dkharbour.

The relationship looked to be going strong when Alison posted a cute mother’s day photo of the couple. However, the couple’s social media posts seem to have dried up after that post. Is there trouble in paradise?

There are rumors that David is now dating Lily Allen

David Harbour and Lily Allen

It currently seems like there is indeed trouble in paradise. Rumors suggest that Alison Sudol and David Harbour have split up. There is no official word from the couple, but David’s recent sightings with Lily Allen suggest that his relationship with Alison is over.

David and Lily were first spotted watching a performance of The Lehman Trilogy at the Piccadilly Theatre. At the time, it looked like a friendly meet-up between the couple. The couple didn’t show any signs of affection to suggest that they were in a relationship. Besides, at the time, people still thought that David was still in a relationship with Sudol.

However, the rumors flared up again when people spotted the couple at the O2 Arena watching the match between Luke Campbell and Vasily Lomachenko. This time, David and Allen looked more like a couple than they did at the Piccadilly Theatre. The signs strongly suggest that Allen and David are in a relationship.

David has stated that he is only in London to shoot the Marvel Black Widow movie. Lily broke up with her long-term boyfriend, MC Meridian Dan, in January. Before dating Dan, she was married to Sam Cooper. The marriage ended after Lily admitted to cheating. Lily revealed while speaking on Elizabeth Day’s How to Fail podcast;

I’ve always had a boyfriend. I don’t at the moment. I’m single for the first time since I was about 15…ordinarily, when things get difficult, I do need to have somebody around to share those problems.

The assumption is that David is currently single. Lily is single as well, and so nothing is stopping them from pursuing a relationship. They do make a cute couple.

He was rumored to be engaged to Maria Thayer

In 2011, David thought that he had found his soulmate when he proposed to Maria Thayer. Can you imagine that David was almost a married man? Marriage looked to be a reality when David met Maria in 2009.

Maria Thayer is famous for her role as the crazy wife in Forgetting Sarah Marshall. David and Maria dated for three years before David popped the question. Maria said yes, and people patiently waited for a wedding. However, the wedding didn’t come to be. Maria and David didn’t share the reason for their breakup.

He dated feminist icon Julia Stiles for 4 years

Julia Stiles and David Harbour
Julia Stiles and David Harbour (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

Julia Stiles is widely regarded as the reason why David’s engagement to Maria ended. Reports suggest that David left Maria to pursue a relationship with Julia.

Julia was very famous in the 90s, and she is praised for paving the way for women actors in Hollywood. In the 90s and early 2000s she starred in movies such as Wicked, 10 Things I Hate About You and, Save The Last Dance. She also won multiple awards including, the MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance for her role in 10 Things I Hate About You.

Julia is a huge star, and it’s a surprise that her relationship with David flew under the radar for such a long time. The couple was photographed several times together, but the relationship didn’t receive as much coverage as you would expect. Maybe it’s because David wasn’t as famous as he is now.

The couple appeared together at several award shows and events, and they were occasionally spotted together in the streets of New York. It is reported that they split up sometime in 2015. The couple didn’t reveal the reason for the split.

Julia is currently raising her son alongside her husband, Preston J. Cook.

He rarely talks about his love life

David Harbour

David isn’t shy about talking to the press, but he is pretty secretive when it comes to talking about his love life. He cheerfully talks about his acting, his body, and his friends. However, he cleverly avoids questions about his love life.

This has left people wondering about what he wants in a relationship, or the qualities he looks for in a woman. However, he did reveal the following in an interview with Women’s Health;

I’m easily swept away, but I’m trying not to be much. I’m better at the fantasy of relationships than I am at the daily real life, but I’m trying to steer myself into a realist. What I find most exciting now is sharp, intelligent, insightful women. People who are deep thinking, who have sort of a weird way of looking at the universe are wildly attractive to me. So if I can find one of those gals who can stand me, then maybe I might have something.

This interview happened back in 2017. David has refused to share anything else about his relationships. Does he have the same views about relationships as he did a couple of years ago? Your guess is as good as anyone’s. David loves his secrecy, and he has done a great job of maintaining it.

He was rumored to be in a relationship with co-star Winona Ryder

David Harbour Winona Ryder
David Harbour and Winona Ryder (Photo by Dani Brubaker/Getty Images)

David and Winona star together in the Netflix thriller series, Stranger Things. They have a bit of a frosty relationship on the show. In Stranger Things season 3, David and Winona’s characters argue for most of the season, but it feels like there is a romantic spark between them.

Winona has been in several high-profile relationships. She dated Johnny Depp for a few years before they split up. Ryder went on to date Matt Damon for a couple of years. She is now in a relationship with fashion designer, Scott Mackinlay Hahn. David is currently rumored to be in a relationship with Lily Allen.