Allison Joy Langer—or, as she's known professionally, A.J. Langer—has played a bikini-wearing Baywatch babe, a "bad girl" in The Wonder Years, and various other roles on shows like Beverly Hills, 90210 and Blossom; she's probably best known for playing wild party girl Rayanne Graff on My So-Called Life. And now? She's a member of the British nobility. As the Telegraph explains, Langer, now 41, married Charles Courtenay in 2005; Courtenay just so happened to be the only son of the Earl of Devon. The Earl died earlier this month, meaning his son is the new Earl and Langer is the Countess of Devon. As Vanity Fair puts it, her new title makes her "the real-life equivalent of Downton Abbey’s Maggie Smith character." Before her upgrade, she was known as Lady Courtenay.
Langer explained her first meeting with Courtenay to Breezy Mama a few years back: "The Hard Rock Circle Bar in Las Vegas—Vegas Baby!!! He was wearing a kilt—on tour with London Scottish Rugby. We smiled at each other across the crowded room..." She said that, at the time, he didn't know she was an actress, and she didn't know he was heir to an earldom: "I had no idea about the castle or titles or anything until he drove me up the driveway months into our relationship." And, she added, "If Charlie becomes the Earl of Devon, my title would become the Countess of Devon and our kids would be Lords and Ladies. But we don't use the titles in our daily lives, they are there and we respect the history that gave rise to them, but in our reality we're just a normal family."