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Jamie Dornan
Jamie Dornan January 2013.jpg
Dornan in January 2013
Born James Dornan
(1982-05-01) 1 May 1982 (age 34)[1]
Holywood, County Down, Northern Ireland, UK
Citizenship British
Occupation Actor, model, musician
Years active 2006–present
Home town Belfast, Northern Ireland
Spouse(s) Amelia Warner (m. 2013)
Children 2

James "Jamie" Dornan (born 1 May 1982)[2][3] is an actor, model, and musician from Northern Ireland. He played Axel von Fersen in Sofia Coppola's film Marie Antoinette (2006), Sheriff Graham Humbert in the ABC series Once Upon a Time, serial killer Paul Spector in the BBC Two and RTÉ One crime drama series The Fall, and Christian Grey in the Fifty Shades franchise (2015-).

Early life[edit]

Dornan was born in Holywood, County Down, Northern Ireland, and grew up in the suburbs of Belfast.[4] He has two older sisters: Liesa, who works for Disney in London, and Jessica, a fashion designer based in Falmouth, England.[5] His father, Professor Jim Dornan, is an obstetrician and gynaecologist who had also considered becoming an actor.[6][7] Dornan was 16 when his mother, Lorna, died of cancer.[7][4][8] Dornan is a first cousin, twice removed, of actress Greer Garson.[4] His grandparents on both sides of his family were Methodist lay preachers.[6]

He attended and boarded at Methodist College Belfast,[9] where he played rugby and participated in the drama department. He later attended Teesside University but dropped out and moved to London to train as an actor.[10]


Dornan performed in the folk band Sons of Jim, until it disbanded in 2008. Sons of Jim supported Scottish singer-songwriter KT Tunstall on tour.[11]

Dornan first worked as a model. In 2003, he modelled for Abercrombie & Fitch.[12] He then modelled for a number of fashion houses and retailers, including Aquascutum, Hugo Boss, and Armani.[13] Notable works include major ad campaigns with Dior Homme and Calvin Klein (with both Kate Moss and Eva Mendes), and he was labelled "The Golden Torso" by The New York Times.[14][15]

Dornan's first acting role in a film was Count Axel Fersen in the Sofia Coppola film Marie Antoinette (2006).[16] Dornan also appeared in the drama film Shadows in the Sun (2009), which starred three-time Academy Award nominee Jean Simmons. In 2008, he played the lead role of Ed in the Hammer Horror production Beyond the Rave.

In 2011, Dornan appeared in eight episodes of the ABC television series Once Upon a Time, playing the role of Sheriff Graham.[17] While Graham from Storybrooke was killed by the town's mayor Regina (The Evil Queen) in the episode "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter", Dornan stated that he would return as the Huntsman from the Enchanted Forest at some point, and he remained a regular on the series. He returned as The Huntsman for the season finale episode, "A Land Without Magic".

Dornan stars alongside Gillian Anderson in the Northern Irish drama series The Fall, playing Paul Spector, a serial killer terrorising Belfast.[18][19] In May 2013, the show was renewed for a second series halfway through the broadcast of series one.

On 23 October 2013, Dornan was cast as Christian Grey[20] in the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey, replacing Charlie Hunnam.[21] Initially announced to be released on 1 August 2014,[22] the film was later rescheduled and released on 13 February 2015.[23] On 27 August 2014, it was announced that Dornan would play Dr. Allan Pascal in a Miramax film titled The 9th Life of Louis Drax, a supernatural thriller based on a book of the same name. It was released on 2 September 2016.[24] In November 2014, Dornan was #3 in People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive rankings.[25]

In February 2015, it was confirmed that Dornan has signed up for the second and third installments of the Fifty Shades film franchise – Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed, which will be released in 2017 and 2018, respectively.[26]

In March 2015, it was reported that the BBC drama The Fall will return for a third series, revealing the fate of Dornan's character.[27] The third season originally aired on RTÉ One and BBC Two from 25 September to 28 October 2016.

Personal life[edit]

Dornan had a relationship with actress Keira Knightley from 2003 to 2005.[28] He married English actress and singer-songwriter Amelia Warner in a country house in Somerset on 27 April 2013.[29] In June 2013, the couple confirmed they were expecting their first child[29] and Warner gave birth to a girl in late November 2013.[30][31][32] The couple welcomed their second daughter in February 2016.[33]

Jamie is a supporter of the football team Manchester United F.C.[34]



Year Title Role Notes
2006 Marie Antoinette Axel von Fersen
2008 Beyond the Rave Ed
2009 Shadows in the Sun Joe
2009 X Returns X Short film
2009 Nice to Meet You The Young Man Short film
2014 Flying Home Colin
2015 Fifty Shades of Grey Christian Grey
2015 Burnt Leon Sweeney Deleted scenes
2016 Anthropoid Jan Kubiš
2016 The 9th Life of Louis Drax Dr. Allan Pascal
2016 The Siege of Jadotville Pat Quinlan
2017 Fifty Shades Darker Christian Grey
2017 Untogether Nick Post-production
2018 Fifty Shades Freed Christian Grey Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2011–2013 Once Upon a Time The Huntsman/Sheriff Graham Humbert 9 episodes
2013–2016 Fall, TheThe Fall Paul Spector 17 episodes
2014 New Worlds Abe Goffe 4 episodes


Year Single
2005 "Fairytale"
2006 "My Burning Sun"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Result Work
2014 Broadcasting Press Guild Awards Breakthrough Award Won[35] The Fall
British Academy Television Awards Best Actor Nominated
Irish Film and Television Awards Best Lead Actor – Television Won
Rising Star Won
2015 Best Actor in a Lead Role – Drama Nominated
Broadcasting Press Guild Awards Best Actor (longlisted) Nominated[36]
C21 International Drama Awards Best Male Performance Nominated[37]
2016 National Television Awards Drama Performance Nominated[38]
Golden Raspberry Awards Worst Actor Won[39] Fifty Shades of Grey
Worst Screen Combo (with Dakota Johnson) Won[39]
British Independent Film Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated[40] Anthropoid
2017 National Television Awards Drama Performance Nominated[41] The Fall


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  2. ^ Barnes, Brooks (25 October 2013). "Jamie Dornan Named as New Lead in 'Fifty Shades'". The New York Times. Mr. Dornan, 31 
  3. ^ Eggenberger, Nicole (20 February 2014). "Jamie Dornan Working on Fifty Shades of Grey, Once Upon a Time Producers Want Him Back". Us Weekly. Dornan, 31 
  4. ^ a b c Randall, Lee (11 May 2013). "Jamie Dornan on playing a psychopathic killer in The Fall". The Scotsman. 
  5. ^ Coleman, Maureen (24 October 2013). "Tragic past has not stopped Jamie Dornan as he lands "Fifty Shades of Grey" role". 
  6. ^ a b Eyre, Hermione (4 September 2009). "The male Kate Moss: Jamie Dornan". London Evening Standard. 
  7. ^ a b Mallie, Eamonn (14 November 2011). "Professor Jim Dornan on: life, love, loss, love again and his zest for saving life in the womb". 
  8. ^ "Warning: This Interview Will Make You Fall Totally In Love With Jamie Dornan". Marie Claire. 27 November 2013. 
  9. ^ Rainey, Sarah (7 February 2015). "The Jamie Dornan I (almost) knew...". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 28 July 2016. 
  10. ^ Watts, Halina (2 June 2013). "Jamie Dornan: The serial strangler who says "sorry"". Daily Mirror. Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 1 October 2013. 
  11. ^ Doran, Brendon (16 February 2005). "KT Tunstall at the ICA". Retrieved 28 February 2014. 
  12. ^ Kotecki, Nick (19 February 2015). "Jamie Dornan poses nude in old Abercrombie & Fitch photo shoot". Chicago Sun-Times. 
  13. ^ "Jamie Dornan: Work by client". Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  14. ^ Trebay, Guy (9 November 2006). "The Golden Torso". The New York Times. 
  15. ^ McGlinchy, Maggie (10 February 2015). "Watch Jamie Dornan And Jimmy Fallon Compare Calvin Klein Ads". MTV. 
  16. ^ Wilkinson, Amy (24 October 2013). "Before 'Fifty Shades': We've Got Your Jamie Dornan Must-See List". MTV. 
  17. ^ "Once Upon a Time". 
  18. ^ "The Fall's Jamie Dornan says he is scarred by playing a dark serial killer". 19 November 2014. 
  19. ^ Munn, Patrick (26 March 2012). "Jamie Dornan signs up for lead role alongside Gillian Anderson in BBC Two's The Fall". TVWise. Retrieved 26 March 2012. 
  20. ^ "Jamie Dornan has been cast as Christian Grey". themoviefiftyshadesofgrey. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  21. ^ Valby, Karen (23 October 2013). "'50 Shades of Grey': Jamie Dornan cast as new Christian Grey". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  22. ^ "'Fifty Shades' Movie Release Date Announced… But Who's the Cast?". Extra. Retrieved 29 June 2013. 
  23. ^ "'Fifty Shades of Grey' release moved to Valentine's Day 2015". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
  24. ^ McNary, Dave (27 August 2014). "'Fifty Shades of Grey' Star Jamie Dornan Boards Thriller 'Ninth Life of Louis Drax'". Variety. 
  25. ^ "Sexiest Man Alive 2014". 27 April 2015. 
  26. ^ "Fifty Grades of Pay: Jamie Dornan signs on for Shades sequel for a whooping €6m". 4 March 2015. 
  27. ^ Plunkett, John (10 March 2015). "Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan to return in BBC's The Fall". The Guardian. 
  28. ^ Wilson, Benji (2 August 2009). "In a taxi with...model Jamie Dornan". Daily Mail. Retrieved 12 June 2012. Jamie Dornan, 27... 
  29. ^ a b Bell, Stephanie (24 June 2013). "Jamie Dornan, from The Fall psycho to expectant father". Sunday Life. Independent News & Media. Retrieved 1 October 2013. 
  30. ^ Baylis, Sheila Cosgrove; Perry, Simon (17 December 2013). "Jamie Dornan Welcomes a Daughter". People. Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
  31. ^ Rutter, Claire (20 January 2015). "Jamie Dornan reveals how wife Amelia was "hugely understanding" about his naked scenes in Fifty Shades of Grey". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 20 January 2015. 
  32. ^ "50 Shades Of Grey Jamie Dornan kisses wife Amelia Warner as they step out for breakfast with their baby daughter". 29 October 2014. 
  33. ^ Mahjouri, Shakiel (9 September 2016). "'Fifty Shades' Star Jamie Dornan On Having Two Daughters: 'It's The Most Magical Thing'". ET Canada. 
  34. ^ "Jamie Dornan's love for the FA Cup - Official Manchester United Website". Retrieved 2017-01-05. 
  35. ^ "40th TV & Radio Awards". Broadcasting Press Guild. 20 February 2014. Retrieved 19 August 2015. 
  36. ^ "Best Actor Award". Broadcasting Press Guild. 2015. Retrieved 6 November 2016. 
  37. ^ "C21 Drama Award Finalists Announced". C21 Media. Retrieved November 28, 2015. 
  38. ^ "National Television Awards (2016)". National Television Awards. Retrieved 6 October 2015. 
  39. ^ a b Wilkins, Vanessa (13 January 2016). "Razzie Awards 2016: The Complete List of Nominations". ABC News. 
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  41. ^ "National Television Awards (2017)". National Television Awards. Retrieved 11 October 2016. 

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