While she may not always be in front of the camera as much as her husband or enjoy as much fame as he does, Peter Dinklage’s wife Erica Schmidt is a glamour lady in her own right who prefers to work from behind the scenes. Together, Peter Dinklage and wife are among a handful of couples who excel in the film industry. While her Emmy Award-winning husband continues to shine on the set of the many popular shows he has starred in, Erica puts in her own award-winning work as a playwright and theater director. She is known for her work on the New York show All the Fine Boys.
Read on to find out more about the couple as we reveal a few lesser-known facts about them, including details of the collective and individual successes and children.
Peter Dinklage and Wife: When And How It All Started
Unlike most traditional unions, Peter Dinklage and wife Erica Schmidt began their marital journey on the run. In 2005, the lovebirds eloped to Las Vegas after having known each other for about three years. They are said to have met each other in 2002 but it is not exactly clear when they began dating. By 2004, the pair got engaged and the following year, they decided to elope.
While the true reason for eloping remains a mystery, there are speculations that it was because Erica Schmidt’s family was opposed to their union. The young girl’s mind was, however, made up and she decided to make the bold move. Over the years, the couple, who have a very obvious height difference, have continued to put in work and sacrifice to defend their union before a skeptical media that has continued to search for holes in their marriage. Dinklage and his wife would later move to New Paltz, New York to live away from the scrutiny of people.
Erica stands at a height of 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs 59 kg while her husband Peter, on the other hand, is only 4 feet 5 inches tall. Dinklage was born on the 11th of June, 1969, making him about six years older than Schmidt who was born on the 8th of June, 1975.
When Dinklage began his career as an actor, his wife was a costume designer with Julliard. Her first project in the theater was as a deck stage manager in the production of Jesus Christ Superstar. In 2000, she directed her first film, As You Like It before later directing Spanish Girl (2001). Her big break came the following year when she directed Debbie Does Dallas. Although she has gone on to appear in several movies, one of which includes Miles From Nowhere, Erica later found a home in directing, the period she would go on to meet her would-be husband.
How Long Have They Been Married And Do They Have Kids?
As far as specifics go, Peter Dinklage and wife have been married since April 16, 2005. Within that time, there has not been any publicized case of a dispute leading to either partner filing for divorce or at least spending time away from each other. If their public body language is anything to go by, their marriage has been a happy one, faced with the normal circumstances that rock every other marriage.
Together, their union has produced two children; a daughter born in 2011 and another child, whose gender is not known, born in 2017. So far, the notoriously secretive parents haven’t done much to reveal the names of their children and have gone to lengths to protect the identity of their second child. Although the concerned media have gone on to publish his daughter’s name as Zelig, both parents have publicly denied having any child who goes by that name.
Although Peter Dinklage and wife have kept their children’s identity away from the public eye, their love life has been a center of focus lately, especially as they are either seen cuddling or affectionately holding hands in red carpet events. More so, Peter never stops verbalizing his love for Erica Schmidt. On several occasions, including the 2018 Emmy Awards ceremony, he thanked her for putting up with him and with eyes fastened on Schmidt he voiced the magic phrase, “I Love You”.