'Stranger Things' star David Harbour credits Lily Allen's daughters for their marriage

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Stranger Things star David Harbour has credited his two stepdaughters for encouraging him to marry wife Lily Allen.

The actor married singer Allen in Las Vegas on 7 September, with an Elvis Presley impersonator officiating the quick ceremony.

David Harbour and Lily Allen married in September last year. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)
David Harbour and Lily Allen married in September last year. (Rich Fury/Getty Images)

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Speaking on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Harbour said he knew he had to marry Allen thanks to a quippy comment between her daughters Ethel, 9, and Marnie, 8.

"We got engaged right before the pandemic,” he said. 

“Then the pandemic hit and nothing was happening.

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 01:    Lily Allen and David Harbour arrive at the Charles Finch & CHANEL Pre-BAFTA Party at 5 Hertford Street on February 1, 2020 in London, England.  (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Lily Allen and David Harbour, pictured in 2020, got engaged shortly before the coronavirus lockdown. (David M Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)

"We were riding around at the beginning of the pandemic – she has two kids, these beautiful daughters, 8 and 9 – and we were riding bikes out in the country trying to figure out what we were gonna do for the next year or however long it was going to take.

“The little one was riding along and she was going like, 'David, dad, David, dad,' because the 'd' got her confused, and the older one got very upset with that, which I understand. 

"She was like, 'He's not our dad! He's not our dad!'

“Then the younger one was like, 'Well, what is he? He's kind of our dad.' She's like, 'No he's not, he's our stepdad.' And she goes, 'What is he?' And she goes, 'He's just some guy in our lives!'

"I was like, 'I need to marry this woman.' Because the emotional fallout... "

David Harbour as the Red Guardian in Black Widow (Image by Marvel)
David Harbour stars as Red Guardian in Marvel's Black Widow. (Marvel)

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Harbour, who is next due to appear on our screens in Marvel's Black Widow, admitted that he found the comment funny – calling it “one of the favourite things he’s ever been called”.

However, their plans for a secret wedding were scuppered thanks to the Twitter account of Clark County in Las Vegas, which posted their marriage licence online.

David Harbour, on the tabs as Jim Hopper in Stranger Things (Credit: Netflix)
David Harbour is best known as Jim Hopper in Stranger Things. (Netflix)

"Clearly what happens in Vegas does not stay in Vegas," Harbour said. "It's outrageous, right?!

“We went and registered the night before and then it broke. We were just trying to get in and out real quick."

The happy couple and both daughters later celebrated the marriage by getting In-N-Out burgers in their wedding outfits.

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