The Most Iconic Couples Of All Time

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  • With a BBC drama about Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton tumultuous relationship about to air, we look back at the moment iconic couples in history

    This summer sees the resurrection of one of the most charismatic celebrity relationships in a one-off 90-minute drama on BBC 4. Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor were Hollywood’s sweethearts, and their tempestuous relationship gripped the attention of the world’s public.

    The latest BBC drama sees Helena Bonham-Carter and Dominic Cooper take on the roles of the lovers as they were in 1983, while starring in a US production of Noel Coward’s Private Lives.

    So often their on-stage and on-screen lives reflected the turbulent nature of their real love, so it seems fitting that their stormy affair began while playing history’s greatest lovers, Antony + Cleopatra in 1963.

    After two weddings, a daughter and numerous reconciliations, Burton and Taylor are still heralded as the iconic couple of modern history.

    In celebration we’ve rounded up some of our favourite iconic couples, past and present.

    By Sarah Holmes