8 On-Screen Pairings That Really Work: From 'Luther' to 'Killing Eve' and In Between

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James McAvoy and Sharon Horgan are teaming up for the new movie Together. And to be honest, we never thought of these two starring opposite each other. But, it seems to work, at least from what we've seen in the new trailer.

There is a plethora of on-screen pairings that we just cannot get enough of, but we've narrowed the list of favorites down to ten:

1. Idris Elba and Ruth Wilson

Idris Elba takes on the title role in Luther (2010-2019). DCI John Luther's area of focus is solving murders. Which, is how he comes into contact with Ruth Wilson's character Alice Morgan. Morgan is a former child prodigy. Now an adult, she is part genius, part psychopath. As the saying goes, there is a fine line between brilliance and insanity. Luther finds himself drawn to Morgan, who may be a serial killer.

2. Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman

Sherlock (2010-2017) is a modern take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic story. Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman bring the two lead characters, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, to life. These two really work off of each other, adding flair to roles we've seen portrayed before. Cumberbatch embraces the unpredictability of his character, and Freeman balances it out with his stoicism.

3. Matt Smith and Karen Gillan 

Like Sherlock Holmes, we've seen more than one actor play the Doctor. We don't have one favorite Doctor, but Doctor Who's Eleventh Doctor and his companion seem to have a special bond. Matt Smith joined the sci-fi series in 2010 as the alien Time Lord, with Karen Gillan playing his companion Amy Pond. The Doctor met Pond when she was a small child, before joining him in the TARDIS later in life.

4. Mathew Baynton and James Corden

In 2013, we saw Mathew Baynton and James Corden team up for The Wrong Mans, as best friends Sam and Phil. Sam answers a lost phone, hearing an alarming declaration, "If you're not here by 5 o'clock, we will kill your wife." While the message wasn't intended for him, he can't ignore it. He and his coworker (Corden) get involved in a kidnapping. Sam moves cautiously, with Phil wanting to be the hero. 

5. David Tennant and Olivia Colman

Also in 2013, we saw David Tennant and Olivia Colman as detectives in Broadchurch. Tennant portrays Alec Hardy, with Colman taking on the role of D.S. Ellie Miller. In the series opener, Miller has taken a three-week vacation, and when returning, she learns about the new addition to the force—Hardy, is now her new supervisor. Even so, they put their differences aside to focus on a missing boy.

6. Tom Hiddleston and Chris Hemsworth

Tom Hiddleston and Chris Hemsworth play brothers in the Thor franchise. Hiddleston takes on the charming Loki, who is a baddie. Hemsworth is the jovial older brother Thor, who's only intent is being good. You can see why these two clash. Loki lives in his brother's shadow, where he becomes more and more jealous. Thor tries so hard to include Loki, which just agitates the God of Mischief even more. 

7. Karl Urban and Antony Starr

In 2019, we saw a new group of superheroes arise in The Boys, those who use their abilities for their own gain. But, luckily, Karl Urban's character Billy Butcher knows what's up and he takes it upon himself to shut it down. Homelander (Starr), a supervillain who misrepresents himself as the All-American superhero next door, is number one on his hit list. They're perfect for each other, both having secret agendas.

8. Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer 

And, finally, there's Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer in BBC America's Killing Eve (2018 -2022). Oh plays an MI5 agent, who is unsatisfied in her work and home life. Comer, portrays a serial killer, who, on the other hand, is beyond content, living a posh life in Paris (as she makes quite a salary as an assassin). When their lives intersect, they both become obsessed with the other, but for different reasons.

Do any of these pairings resonate with you?