Love stories from our very own alumni

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Whether you’re single or part of a couple, we’ve got some shamelessly nostalgic love stories to share with you from our married alumni who met their partners here at King’s.  

These are no erstwhile university dalliances that have faded into bashful memory: they are the romances that lasted.

Ben and Sophie

Ben and Sophie met at King's

A shared love of theatre brought Ben and Sophie Wiseman (Classics, 2006 and Medicine, 2006 respectively) together whilst studying at King’s.

They met at King’s Musical Theatre Society in 2003 – the very beginning of their distinctly theatre-themed romance. Sophie was the play’s producer, and Ben a fresher who was hoping to successfully audition for a part in West Side Story.

Ben says, ‘She claims not to remember me from that day as there were hundreds of people auditioning. I’m not sure that I can believe her as I remember that I was wearing a very fetching corduroy jacket which must have caught her eye!’

Despite the jacket, all was not lost, and Ben and Sophie spent more time together when she became President of the society and he, Treasurer. While rehearsing for Anything Goes, the pair became inseparable.

Sophie says fondly, ‘We became friends, and grew closer and closer until I knew that it was inevitable that we would end up together. It was an old-fashioned courtship really. Ben was, and is, the perfect gentleman.’

Despite their obvious rapport, it wasn’t until their friend, Helen Mumby (Classics, 2005), gave them some tickets for The History Boys at the National Theatre, that their relationship truly blossomed.

Ben recalls, ‘They were excellent tickets and after enjoying the show we went for a walk along the South Bank. That would have been an excellent place for a first kiss, but instead we went for the more romantic location of the bus stop outside Sainsbury’s Local on Waterloo Road,’ (a location many alumni will be very familiar with).

They were finally married in Sophie’s hometown of Geneva in July 2011, surrounded by family and friends (many of whom they had also met at King’s). Ben and Sophie’s advice for a happy relationship is to laugh often, forgive easily, and always keep hold of that magic.