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Meet the boyfriend actress Anna Kendrick has kept hidden from the public for six years

''As far as keeping it private, it isn't easy.''

By Rebecca Sullivan
Isn't it funny how there are some celebrity couples who seem to slide completely under the radar - think Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes or Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz - and manage to keep their relationships completely out of the spotlight?
That's exactly what Anna Kendrick set out to do.
The Pitch Perfect and Up In The Air actress, who is the lead star in HBO Max's new TV series Love Life, which premieres on Stan tonight, has managed to keep her romantic relationship under wraps for years.
Despite starring in some of the highest-grossing movies in recent years, the bubbly 34-year-old makes a concerted effort to ensure her own love life remains private, refusing to talk about her current boyfriend in interviews and never posting about him on social media.
And that's entirely intentional.
"Well, as far as keeping it private, it isn't easy, as you are proving right now," Anna jokingly told a journalist when asked about her private life during an interview with Fairfax Media earlier this month.
"But that's just always how it's been for me."
Anna Kendrick is the star of the new TV series Love Life, although ironically, she refuses to talk about her own love life publicly. Image: Getty
So, just who is Anna Kendrick dating?
Anna has been in a relationship with 45-year-old British cinematographer Ben Richardson since 2014.
While she has never confirmed exactly how they met, Ben worked on the 2013 indie film Drinking Buddies, which Anna also starred in, so it's likely their romance began on set then.
Ben, who also worked on the hit film The Fault In Our Stars, reunited with Anna again for work purposes in the 2014 movie Happy Christmas.
Once they officially started dating, the pair have never been photographed on the red carpet together and abstain from posting pictures of one another on Instagram. (Ben's page just features lots of lovely landscape photographs)
However, there are a few group pictures of the couple attending press events for Happy Christmas and Drinking Buddies swirling around online.
(L-R) Ben Richardson, actor Mark Webber, Anna Kendrick and director Joe Swanberg at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival to promote their movie Happy Christmas. Image: Getty
(L-R) Ben Richardson, actor Jake Johnson, director Ben Swanberg, actress Olivia Wilde, actor Ron Livingston and Anna Kendrick at the premiere of Drinking Buddies in 2013. Image: Getty
(L-R) Ben Richardson, director Joe Swanberg, Trevor Groth, actor Mark Webber and Anna Kendrick at the Happy Christmas premiere in 2014. Image: Getty
Anna, who has previously been linked to her former co-star Jake Gyllenhaal and UK director Edgar Wright (they dated from 2009 until 2013), was last year forced to clear up rumours she was romantically linked to hockey player Anthony Beauvillier, after he cheekily tweeted her with a simple message - "Hi" - on Boxing Day.
Anna's fans got in on the action, jokingly tweeting made-up stories of Anthony's heroism, pretending to vouch for his good character.
"Remember Beau when you saved me from a burning building, cooked me a 7 course meal and taught me 8 languages , that was a great day," one fan tweeted.
Another wrote: "Beau, thank you again for saving all those kittens at that animal shelter in the Bahamas when the Hurricane hit. Still amazed that you swam to Miami with them on your back."
And Anna's reply to the social media storm was gold too.
She tweeted: "These replies have been my entertainment for the last two days. Thank you all for regaling me with the true tales of this man's heroism."
But of course, Anna only has eyes for Ben.
For now, we'll leave you with some of the only solo couples photos of Anna and Ben on the internet, taking a romantic stroll through New York City.
Spotted! Anna and Ben pictured during a rare public outing. Image: Getty
The couple enjoying a quiet stroll together. Image: Getty
Love Life premieres on Stan on May 27 at 7pm.