Newlyweds Allen Leech of 'Downton Abbey' and Jessica Blair Herman Met Dancing at an 'EW' Party

Allen Leech revealed that he and new wife Jessica Blair Herman met at an Entertainment Weekly SAG awards afterparty three years ago

Congrats are in order for Allen Leech for his SAG Award nomination — and his wedding three weeks ago!

The Bohemian Rhapsody actor, 37 — who’s nominated for his work in the Queen biopic for best cast in a motion picture — revealed on PeopleTV’s red carpet ahead of Sunday’s awards that he and new wife Jessica Blair Herman met at an Entertainment Weekly SAG awards afterparty three years ago. The couple married earlier this month in California’s Santa Ynez Valley.

“I approached Jessica, who at the time, I think you were dancing with the girls from Orange Is the New Black, and I saw you dancing,” Leech recalled to PEOPLE’s Jeremy Parsons.

“A friend of mine, Tom, we were about to leave the party and being Irish and having two rubber arms, he said, ‘Do you want one more drink?,’ ” the Downton Abbey alum continued. “And I said, ‘Yeah, okay,’ went in, ordered, turned around, saw this vision in a velvet dress and said, ‘Tommy, I’m going to dance with that girl.’ ”

“Then we got married three weeks ago,” said Herman, who’s acted in American Crime Story and Modern Family.

According to HELLO!, the couple tied the knot on Jan. 5. Despite hoping for beautiful weather, the Irish actor said he felt more at home that day thanks to the rain.

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“It ended up being something quite different,” he told the magazine. “When you get married in California you expect sunshine, but a little bit of Ireland blew over on the day and we had some heavy rain.”

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The wedding had many A-list guests in attendance including Michelle Dockery, Rami Malek — as well as Darren Criss and Lea Michele, who sang a duet together.

Leech first revealed that he was engaged to Herman via social media in February 2018.

“Happy Valentine’s Day @jessicablairherman,” Leech wrote on Instagram soon after, captioning a selfie of the two.

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“First one as a fiancé!” he added, breaking the news of their engagement. “Thank you for saying yes and for making me the happiest.”

In case fans were curious, Leech made it clear he didn’t pop the question on the romantic holiday. “No, I didn’t do it today. It’s been a while,” he wrote.

At the time, Herman wrote an equally adorable post on Instagram, captioning a shot of the two cuddling up to one another. “The day you proposed was one of the best days but every day with you is my favorite,” she said. “I love you! Happy Valentine’s Day @therealleech!”

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