Who is Neil Patrick Harris’ husband David Burtka?

Actors Neil Patrick Harris (L) and David Burtka

Actor Neil Patrick Harris has been married to his husband David Burtka since 2014. The couple has a beautiful family, with two children.

Burtka, born in 1975, is also an American actor, known for his roles on How I Met Your Mother and The Play About the Baby.

The LGBT+ celebrity couple first met in 2004 while Burtka was seeing someone else, according to Out magazine.

So, while Harris found fellow actor Burtka “adorable,” they were initially just friends.

When did Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka start dating?

It wasn’t until one week after Burtka became single, that same year, that the pair finally went on their first date.

Neil Patrick Harris husband David Burtka

Actor David Burtka (R) poses for a photo backstage with husband actor Neil Patrick Harris (L) following his performance at 54 Below on November 25, 2014 in New York City. (Cindy Ord/Getty)

They went to the cinema to watch an Angelina Jolie movie, Taking Lives.

After that first date, the pair were inseparable.

Neil Patrick Harris, David Burtka and How I Met Your Mother

As we all know, Harris is best known for his role as Barney on How I Met Your Mother.

But what you may not know is that Harris’ husband Burtka also starred in the hit sitcom.

Neil Patrick Harris family with husband David Burtka and twins

David Burtka, Harper Grace Burtka-Harris, Neil Patrick Harris and Gideon Scott Burtka-Harris attend the Cinema Society Screening of Disney’s “Moana” at Metrograph on November 20, 2016 in New York City. (Neilson Barnard/Getty)

The couple moved to LA so that Harris could work on the set in 2005.

One year later, Burtka joined the series. He played Lily’s high school boyfriend and colleague Scooter. According to IMDb, he appeared in seven episodes to up the show’s last year in 2014.

Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka had twins completing their family in 2010

Some years later, the gorgeous couple decided that it was time for them to have kids.

In the interview with Out, Harris explained, “We both agreed that if we wanted to have kids, we didn’t want to do it super late in the game.”

They had twins on October 12, 2010. Describing how the siblings were conceived, Burtka told Oprah, “Two eggs, two embryos, one of mine, one of his.”
They had one beautiful boy, named Gideon Scott, and a stunning girl named Harper Grace.

They tied the knot in Italy

In September 2014, three years after announcing their engagement, the same-sex couple got married in Italy.


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I got married three years ago today. Thanks, David, for choosing me. For challenging me. For creating a family with me. For being a safe space that I can call home. And for your bountiful love. Happy Anniversary. @dbelicious

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A spokesperson said: “We happily confirm that Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka were married in Italy in an intimate ceremony surrounded by their close friends and family.”

However, at that time, same-sex marriage was not legally recognised in Italy so it is likely that the pair had filed paperwork elsewhere to recognise the marriage.