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Catriona McGinn and Mark-Paul Gosselaar | Source: Getty Images
Catriona McGinn and Mark-Paul Gosselaar | Source: Getty Images

Catriona McGinn Became Known after Marrying Famous Actor Mark-Paul Gosselaar: Facts about Their 10-Year-Old Family

Bettina Dizon
Nov 13, 2022
09:15 A.M.
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Catriona McGinn is Mark-Paul Gosselaar’s second wife. Although she is not in the entertainment industry, McGinn is successful in her line of work and has been happily married for ten years.

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It didn't take long after their relationship began for Catriona McGinn and Mark-Paul Gosselaar to realize they wanted to live with each other. Besides, moving in was a chance for McGinn to have a closer relationship with Gosselaar's two children from a previous relationship.

Their love story was quick to progress, but the couple took the time to plan and prepare for their wedding. McGinn, whose family was flying in from the UK, wanted them to experience the beautiful California wedding, hence the celebration's location.

Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Catriona McGinn during FOX's "The Passage" premiere party at The Broad Stage on January 10, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. | Source: Getty Images

Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Catriona McGinn during FOX's "The Passage" premiere party at The Broad Stage on January 10, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. | Source: Getty Images

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Catriona McGinn Is the Woman of Mark-Paul Gosselaar's Dreams

In 2012, McGinn and Gosselaar officially became husband and wife. The couple exchanged wedding vows at the Sunstone winery in Santa Ynez, California. The newlywed's customized engagement ring designer, Neil Lane, revealed that the actor was excited to propose, adding:

"He was so excited to have found the woman of his dreams."

Before asking her to be his wife, Gosselaar sought McGinn's father's permission to pop the question. As soon as he had the blessing of his then-girlfriend's father, he proposed while walking on the beach shore with McGinn and his kids.

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Following their daughter's birth, the doting dad revealed the family planning he and his wife had thought of, and so far, four children are more than enough.

Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Catriona McGinn during the ABC Television's Winter Press Tour 2020 at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on January 08, 2020 in Pasadena, California. | Source: Getty Images

Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Catriona McGinn during the ABC Television's Winter Press Tour 2020 at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on January 08, 2020 in Pasadena, California. | Source: Getty Images

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The "Saved by the Bell" star's wedding ceremony was planned to be traditional yet fun, seating 135 guests. Following the festivities, McGinn and her husband went on a romantic honeymoon to Italy.

Gosselaar previously walked down the aisle to marry Lisa Russell, his first wife. After two children and several years together, they divorced in 2011.

Catriona McGinn Has a Successful Career

The Canadian-born wife of Gosselaar had her education at Simon Fraser University and McGill University before carving out her career path toward success. Before finding her footing in the media industry, McGinn became a general manager at Sparknet Communications, where she helped develop Jack FM radio.

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She later moved to Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems, managing different teams, including marketing, advertising sales, and product development.

Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Catriona Gosselaar during The Alliance For Children's Rights 28th Annual Dinner at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on March 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. | Source: Getty Images

Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Catriona Gosselaar during The Alliance For Children's Rights 28th Annual Dinner at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on March 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. | Source: Getty Images

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In 2010, McGinn moved to Media Matters, where she held an advertising executive position. The Things described Media Matters as "a premier local broadcast monitoring and verification service and advertising company."

Welcoming Their First Child Together

In 2013, the couple announced they were expecting their first child together and Gosselaar's third. During an interview, the actor revealed his excitement over becoming a father to McGinn's child.

Following their divorce, Russell fell in love and married "Survivor" host Jeff Probst in Los Angeles. The beautiful wedding ceremony was intimate, with only the couple's closest friends and family in attendance.

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Similarly, his two kids couldn't wait to meet the newest member of the family and kept asking their dad questions about the baby's arrival. As someone who always wanted a big family, having a third baby brought much happiness to Gosselaar and his wife.

Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Catriona McGinn and their children during the Mattel Party On The Pier at Santa Monica Pier on September 27, 2015 in Santa Monica, California. | Source: Getty Images

Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Catriona McGinn and their children during the Mattel Party On The Pier at Santa Monica Pier on September 27, 2015 in Santa Monica, California. | Source: Getty Images

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Two years after Dekker's birth, the couple welcomed another addition to their family, their second child, Lachlyn. Following their daughter's birth, the doting dad revealed the family planning he and his wife had thought of, and so far, four children are more than enough.

The "Dead Man on Campus" star had his first two children, Michael Charles and Ava Lorenn, born two years apart during his marriage to Russell. Although they have divorced, the two remain committed to their children. Fortunately, all of his kids have a close relationship. Previously, Russell said about her ex-husband:

"They raised them with the kind of love that the kids they see me, and he's now remarried, his wife, [the kids] just see us as two more parents [sic]."

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Mark-Paul Gosselaar's Marriage before Catriona McGinn

Lisa Ann Russell and Mark-Paul Gosselaar were married for 14 long years after dating for several years prior. They first met as castmates on "Saved by the Bell" and turned their friendship into a full-fledged romance. Back then, Gosselaar starred as the main character while the actress played a minor role.

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However, they eventually filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences, and had joint custody of their kids. Russell also sought spousal support from the Hollywood star, and it seems that the duo remains on good terms.

Following their divorce, Russell fell in love and married "Survivor" host Jeff Probst in Los Angeles. The beautiful wedding ceremony was intimate, with only the couple's closest friends and family in attendance.

Probst believes that the show's creator and executive producer, Mark Burnett, brought him to Russell. Burnett's annual Christmas party saw the likes of Paris Hilton, Arsenio Hall, Barbra Streisand, and many others, but it was Russell that Probst had an eye for in a sea of people.

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Like Russell, it wasn't the first time Probst exchanged wedding vows. However, he had already been divorced for nine years when he decided to marry her. Although Probst was previously married, his long and most recent romance was with a "Survivor" competitor, Julie Berry, who he met on the show.

Russell and Probst don't have any children together, a decision they both made. Although Russell asked if having kids was in his plans, the host said he was more than happy to help raise Michael Charles and Ava Lorenn. Now living separate lives, Russell and Gosselaar remain connected through their beautiful children.

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