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Stanford Blatch is a main recurring character in the Sex and the City series.


Stanford Blatch is a close friend of Carrie's (and the other three women as well). A gay talent agent from an aristocratic family, Stanford has a sense of style paralleled only by Carrie's. Stanford and Carrie's relationship dates back to their days in the New York City club and bar scene in the 1980s, or, as Stanford once said, since Carrie was riding the subways and wearing Candie's.

Stanford was the only supporting character featured in his own story or storylines in the show's universe. He represents a particular perspective of the gay experience featured in storytelling, based around the physical insecurities and inadequacies of someone who does not "have that gay look."

In the last two seasons of the show, he is partnered with Broadway dancer Marcus Adente. In the first film, he arrives at a New Year's party alone and has no one else to kiss except long-time rival Anthony Marentino, whom he weds in the sequel.


Stanford Blatch is a gay man with good tastes and aesthetics. He is not a conventionally attractive gay man, but pursues several relationships. Stanford is a professional success and enjoys working with attractive young men.

He is very social, and gets along well with the quartet, especially Carrie, mutually sharing confidences and asking advice neither would be at ease with among their own genders. Stanford's wit, wisdom and wealth win him more than once an amazingly attractive date, such as underwear model the Bone, a stunning stud who picks him out in an underwear bar because of his Parisian briefs and last but not least Marcus, a magnificent Broadway dancer.

In Sex and the City 2 he marries Anthony Maratino, his former nemesis.


Carrie Bradshaw[]

Carrie and Stanford have a long-standing relationship that started in their younger, wilder days in the New York City club and bar scene in the 1980s. He had said that they have been friends since Carrie was riding the subways and wearing Candie's. Carrie sometimes calls him "Stanny".


Marcus and Stanford start dating in Season 5. In "Boy, Interrupted" they momentarily break up due Stanford finding out that Marcus used to be an escort named "Paul". However, at the end of the episode they make up and get back together.

Anthony Marantino[]

In "The Real Me", Charlotte tries to set Anthony up with Stanford. Anthony snubs Stanford, which results in resentment and competition ensues for the entire show run. However, in the first film, the two are seen kissing at a New Year's Eve party, and in the sequel, they get married.

In "Some of My Best Friends", it is announced that he wanted a divorce as he moved to Japan.


  • After his move, he sent a kimono to Carrie, which was mentioned in "Met Cute".


  • Stanford: How can you not have a shrink? This is Manhattan. Even the shrinks have shrinks. I have 3. --Games People Play
  • Stanford: [watching a runway-fallen Carrie get stepped over by Heidi Klum] Oh, my god, she's fashion roadkill!
  • Stanford: I can only stay a few minutes. I got tickets to the Vagina Monologues.
    • Carrie: Why?
    • Stanford: Just because I don't eat at the restaurant doesn't mean I can't hear the specials.