Jamie Dornan - Biography
Jamie Dornan likes to joke in his Irish brogue that what he remembers most about modelling for Calvin Klein is "a lot of people rubbing me down with dark, oily tanning stuff – I mean, I’m a white Irish guy, it was a problem." Also undoubtedly memorable was posing alongside beauties like Eva Mendes, the queen of fashion Kate Moss and Keira Knightley, whom he dated from 2003 to 2005.
While modelling boosted his love life and paid the rent, it gave him a conundrum too. As he freely admitted, "there's massive stigma attached to it" in the film industry. "You spend a few years as a model, leaning against walls and looking depressed while someone takes photographs of you, but God forbid you can also act..... I am always going to fight against that."
The actor was born in Holywood, County Down in Northern Ireland on 1 May 1982. His parents were Jim Dornan, an obstretician, who has delivered 6,000 babies and whom his son describes as" the most energetic man I know" and a nurse called Lorna.
With two older sisters, he is the baby of the family. He could have had a career on the sports field as he excelled at rugby and played for the Belfast Harlequins, but decided to pursue acting instead.
When he was 16, his childhood was devastated by the death of his mother from pancreatic cancer. Then, a year later four friends from his grammar school Methodist College in Belfast died in a car crash. Jamie describes the time as "a horrific period", adding: "These are events that form your identity I think".
After a brief flirtation with a music career – he was in the folk band Sons of Jim – he landed a role in Sofia Coppola's 2006 film Marie Antoinette opposite Kirsten Dunst.
His best known role, however, is playing serial killer Paul Spector in controversial BBC Two drama The Fall. He starred opposite Gillian Anderson and the show was so successful it was commissioned for a second series.
The Irish hunk is now married to Amelia Warner, an actress, singer and songwriter. The couple wed on 27 April, 2013 in Somerset and became parents to a baby girl seven months later.
His wife was heavily pregnant when Jamie received a 2am call from LA to confirm that he'd bagged the lead in Fifty Shades of Grey. So he merely snuck into bed quietly to avoid waking her and went to sleep himself. The lack of fanfare in the Dornan household can't obscure the fact that the movie is expected to bring him fame on a global level.
The big-screen adaptation of the best selling trilogy has been directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson and is slated for a worldwide release on Valentine's 2015.