Christine Taylor was already enjoying attention as Marcia Brady in The Brady Bunch Movie and A Very Brady Sequel in the ‘90s (parodies of iconic ‘70s US TV show The Brady Bunch) when she fell for Ben Stiller after meeting him on the set of cancelled TV pilot Heat Vision and Jack.

Her wholesome blonde image played well in comedy, and she’d already had a small role as Drew Barrymore’s cousin in Adam Sandler’s The Wedding Singer (1998) when she met the already established Stiller. Wed in 2000, Taylor featured in many of her husband’s films including Zoolander (2001), Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004), Tropic Thunder (2008) and Zoolander 2 (2016).

Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor in Zoolander (2001)

But the role she mostly enjoyed playing was that of stay-at-home wife and mum to daughter Ella, 18, and son Quinlin, 15. Wed in 2000, the couple switched lanes from their fast-paced Hollywood lifestyle for rural Westchester county in upstate New York, where Stiller focused on writing, directing and producing while Taylor, now 49, made family her priority to the exclusion of career. Committed vegans, Taylor was at her husband’s side as he weathered a battle with prostate cancer.

However, following the Zoolander sequel, Taylor’s only film credit is a small part in the 2016 dramedy Little Boxes, although she did appear in a semi-regular role on TV’s Arrested Development (2005–2019).

In 2017 the Stillers decided to call quits on their 17-year marriage, but they still enjoy a cordial relationship – even attending premieres together, leading to speculation they may have rekindled their romance. Stiller recently persuaded his ex to feature amongst the ensemble cast of upcoming comedy Friendsgiving, on which he serves as a co-producer.

Christine Taylor as Sally Sitwell in Arrested Development