Falling for Jamie Dornan

He made headlines for his portrayal of Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey, and now he's back for its sequel, Fifty Shades Darker. So if you don’t know him all that well, here are some fast facts about the man from Northern Ireland...Jamie Dornan

Jamie Dornan
Jamie Dornan

Fact 1: Belfast-based TV drama The Fall brought him to the attention of casting directors

Dornan sprang to fame as the star of the gritty Belfast-set drama The Fall and is chillingly good as a seemingly mild-mannered family man and grief counsellor, Paul Spector, leading a secret life as a serial killer. Pitting his wits against police officer Gillian Anderson (The X Files) in a tense game of cat and mouse, Dornan gives viewers an insight into a disturbed mind that is as uncomfortable as it is compulsively watchable.

Fact 2: Jamie has one of the ‘sexiest accents in the world’

It’s official, the soft-voiced Belfast man is just one of the reasons why OnePoll.com put the Irish accent at the top of their sexiest accent list, based on the survey of 5,000 women from across the globe. In the past, Jamie has spun out a Russian accent, and, of course, his American accent for Grey is flawless. But his real accent? Well, that’s pure Northern Ireland. Check out his dulcet tones in his interview...

Fact 3: Jamie hails from another Holywood

All he has to do is add another ‘L’ to his address now that he’s made it to the big time! The one with one consonant less, though, is in County Down, Northern Ireland, and a suburb of Belfast. The place has a pretty good pedigree when it comes to producing top talent – and not just in the movies! World No 1 golfer, Rory McIlroy, also calls this place home! Jamie is a pretty good golfer himself, and was recently spotted teeing off at the gorgeous Rosapenna course in County Donegal

Fact 4: He supports an English soccer team

Dornan is an enormous Manchester United fan. He revealed all in a tweet chat last year: “Many people ask why I support Manchester United? I’m from Belfast, so was the incomparable George Best. Simple as that.” If you’ve never heard of George, he was one of the greatest soccer players of all time. So good, in fact, that they named an airport after him… George Best Belfast City Airport.

Fact 5: We know a couple of things he loves about home

When a Q&A with Jamie took place last year, naturally some of the questions asked were about Northern Ireland and his favourite things from home. His response? Well, “The people and the Guinness”.

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Fact 6: He originally wanted to be a park ranger when he grew up!

Hailing from a beautifully scenic place like County Down, Jamie’s childhood ambitions were slightly less high-profile than portraying Christian Grey. When asked on Twitter what he wanted to be as a child, he said “A park ranger. I love green space.” To us, that’s not so surprising: around the corner from where he grew up was the inspiration for CS Lewis’ Narnia Chronicles in the form of the Mourne Mountains… Looking at views like this, it’s no wonder he felt a calling to tend the land…

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