‘Ted Lasso’s’ Brendan Hunt and actor Shannon Nelson share engagement: ‘It feels right’

Brendan Hunt in an orange blazer and red patterned shirt with his arm around Shannon Nelson, in a blue dotted dress
“Ted Lasso” star Brendan Hunt and actor Shannon Nelson announced their engagement on social media.
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Congratulations are in order for the “Ted Lasso” family as star Brendan Hunt and actor Shannon Nelson reveal they’re heading down the aisle.

Hunt, known for playing the quiet Coach Beard on the popular Apple series, shared the engagement news Thursday on Instagram. He posted a blurry picture of Nelson smiling with a ring on her finger.

“The majestic @snoopshann, so rarely photographed in her natural habitat, captured here in the act of saying ‘yes,’” he captioned the photo.


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Nelson, who appeared in one episode of “Ted Lasso,” shared the same photo to her Instagram feed, but with a more sincere caption reflecting on her relationship with Hunt and their 2-year-old son, Sean Theodore.

“We are a family. A beautiful wonderful family and will be for always. Some folks have assumed we had already done this, but truth be told we had other priorities in becoming a family,” Nelson captioned her post, which also featured a selfie with Hunt. “Now it feels right. I get to marry this beautiful man. I get to call him my husband and to be his wife and I am the luckiest.❤️”

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“What the!! Amaaaazing! Congratulations!!! (bursts into tears and runs off). ❤️❤️❤️,” wrote actor Jeremy Swift, who plays AFC Richmond communications expert Higgins.

Phil Dunster, who portrays soccer star Jamie Tartt, commented, “YAHTZEEEEEE.”

Additional members of the “Ted Lasso” family, including actor Moe Jeudy-Lamour and makeup artist Nicky Austin, also shared congratulatory messages in the comments.

Brendan Hunt in a black suit and checkered vest holding the brim of his hat in the middle of a soccer stadium
“Ted Lasso” star Brendan Hunt photographed at BMO Stadium in Los Angeles.
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Hunt and Nelson’s engagement news comes a month after “Ted Lasso” concluded its third season. Earlier this month, Hunt spoke to The Times about Coach Beard and the prospects of a fourth “Ted Lasso” season.

“Everything’s on the table now, including nothing,” he said. “It’s been an all-in job for us for so long that we’re going to go away for a little bit and take a break, and then we’ll reconvene and figure out if something else is going to happen.”