Jamie Bell & Kate Mara’s First Kiss Happened A Decade Before They Started Dating

The Fantastic Four co-stars welcomed their second child in November.

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Jamie Bell and Kate Mara’s relationship timeline seems like something straight out of a movie. They started out as acting acquaintances and now not only are they married, but they’re parents to a daughter with another baby on the way. Over the years, their love has grown and Mara, who stars in the FX drama Class of ’09, told Shape magazine in April 2018 that Bell is extremely important to her. “Now that Jamie is legally part of my family, it’s such an incredible thing,” she said. “I’m very protective of our marriage. All the traveling we both have to do for work can make it hard, but we have a rule that we will never go longer than two weeks without seeing each other. Even if we have to spend all day traveling to have just 24 hours together, it’s worth it in order to have a strong relationship.”

Bell, for his part, knew pretty early on that they would be a match. “There was an instant connection, like we’d known one another forever,” he revealed in a 2017 interview with ES Magazine. “It was obvious very quickly that we were going to get married.”

Well, there’s no denying they have quite a “strong relationship,” and this relationship timeline details every step of their long Hollywood romance.

2005: Kate Mara & Jamie Bell First Meet

Mara and Bell met way before they got together romantically. During an October 2017 appearance on ITV’s The Jonathan Ross Show, Bell revealed that not only did he first meet Mara in 2005, but they also shared their first kiss during their initial introduction for a screen test. Bell told host Jonathan Ross, “I met her on a screen test for a film 12 years ago and neither of us got the part, but she did have to kiss a lot of other guys on that screen test. And there were a lot of other people there, pop stars, legitimate movie stars.”

He continued: “Apparently she went home and her mum said, ‘How was your day?’ and she was like, ‘I kissed a lot of guys today but Jamie Bell was a good kisser.’”

Looking back, Bell was thrilled with the outcome of their unconventional meeting. “I was very professional! It all worked out in the end, I’m very happy about it!”

August 2015: They Fell In Love

In August 2015, costume designer and creative director Johnny Wujek posted this photo on Instagram. As you can see, Bell and Mara looked cozy, which fueled romance rumors. Around this same time period is when Bell and Mara truly fell in love. During a May 2017 Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen appearance, Mara revealed they developed feelings during the Fantastic Four press tour.

For those unaware, they starred together in the 2015 film, but it wasn’t until after filming wrapped that their romance began. “We fell in love on the press tour,” she admitted.

September 2015: Dating Rumors Begin

Jamie Bell and Kate Mara in 2019.Variety/Penske Media/Getty Images

The two began making headlines as a rumored couple in the fall of 2015. In September 2015, they were spotted kissing in New York City and strolling on a beach in Malibu together. In October 2015, they were once again seen with their arms around each other in NYC. At the time of their beach date, a source told PEOPLE, “They 100 percent looked like they were a couple. They had their arms around one another the whole time and they looked totally in love.”

March 2016: They Denied Engagement Reports

Jamie Bell and Kate Mara in 2018.Theo Wargo/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

After constantly being photographed at events and doing normal couple things, like running, many assumed the two were engaged after noticing a gold band on Mara’s ring finger during Paris Fashion Week in 2016. E! directly asked them in Paris if they were engaged, to which Bell definitively answered, “No.”

January 2017: They Got Engaged

Kate Mara and Jamie Bell in 2018.Raymond Hall/GC Images/Getty Images

On Jan. 8, 2017, more engagement rumors started after Mara tweeted a photo of herself wearing a diamond ring on that finger. Five days later, on Jan. 13, Mara’s rep confirmed to PEOPLE she was engaged to Bell.

July 2017: They Got Married

In July 2017, Mara and Bell shared a photo of them kissing at their low-key wedding. Mara captioned her image, “Nuptials,” and Bell wrote next to his, “Me & Mrs B.” During a January 2018 appearance on The Late Late Show With James Corden, Bell said about their wedding, “We actually got married right across the street from our house. I literally woke up in my own bed and walked across the street, and we had our ceremony.”

He explained that they couldn't find the right wedding location and their neighbor was kind enough to lend them her property. "So we walked across the street and then when it was done, we spent the night on that property and we crossed the street and came home," he said.

January 2019: Pregnancy Reports Surfaced

Jamie Bell and Kate Mara in 2017.Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

Page Six reported in January that Mara was five months pregnant. A source told the publication that she even informed Emily Blunt about her pregnancy at the 2019 Golden Globes while they waited in line for the bathroom. (At the time of Page Six’s report, Bustle reached out to Mara’s reps for comment, but didn’t receive an immediate response.)

February 2019: Kate Confirmed Her Pregnancy

Jamie Bell and Kate Mara in 2019.Robin Marchant/WireImage/Getty Images

The next month, Mara confirmed her pregnancy by debuting her baby bump on the red carpet at Elton John’s AIDS Foundation Oscars party. She also posted an Instagram with Bell from the event and wrote, “Went on a date with our bun in the oven.”

But their road to pregnancy wasn’t exactly smooth: Mara revealed that she previously had a miscarriage due to a “blighted ovum.” During her successful pregnancy, she dealt with cholestasis, a liver condition, in her third trimester, which led to an emergency C-section. Thankfully, the baby arrived healthy and Mara recovered quickly.

May 2019: Baby Makes Three

On May 27, Mara announced the birth of their baby girl. Next to an image of their daughter’s toes, she wrote, “We had a baby a couple weeks ago...Here are her feet.” This is Mara’s first child and Bell's second. He has a 5-year-old son, Jack, with his ex-wife Evan Rachel Wood. Mara and Bell have not revealed the baby girl’s name publicly.

July 2022: Baby #2 Is On The Way

On July 10, Mara posted a photo of the happy couple leaving hand-in-hand from the luxury London hotel Clairidge’s with a caption that confirmed she’s pregnant with Baby #2. “There are three of us in this pic,” she wrote with an emoji of two hands forming a heart. Mara’s publicist confirmed the news to People, but did not provide any details on when to expect the little one to arrive.

Bell and Mara's romance just goes to show you that life can work in mysterious and wonderful ways.

November 2022: A Family Of Four

Jamie Bell and Kate Mara in 2017.Frazer Harrison/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

In November 2022, Mara was spotted holding an infant in photographs obtained by Page Six. Not long after, she confirmed the news on Instagram, writing: “Had a baby a week ago. Here are his feet.”

January 2023: Supportive Spouse

Jamie Bell and Kate Mara in 2023.Michael Kovac/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

Bell showed support for Mara when she hosted a screening of the documentary The Smell Of Money in Los Angeles. She served as an executive producer for the project, which focuses on the pork industry’s cost in North Carolina.

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