Jamie Dornan is a popular British actor, model and musician. He became a well-known person after his participation in the advertising of such products as Armani, Dior, Calvin Klein and Boss. He became famous for the role of the eccentric millionaire Christian Grey in the erotic film «Fifty Shades of Grey».
The British actor and model Jamie Dornan
Jamie Dornan was born in the Northern Irish city of Belfast, brought up in the family of an obstetrician and a housewife, who were convicted Protestants. Being a child, Jamie was fond of playing rugby and golf and even dreamt of becoming a park ranger, because he liked animals.
When the boy was 16 years old, his mother who had suffered from pancreatic cancer for a long time died. Four friends of the future actor died in a car accident next year. A series of deaths of close people affected on Dornan so much that he had to visit a psychotherapist.
Jamie Dornan and the company of his friends from Belfast
Jamie graduated from the Methodist College in his native Belfast. Even then, the boy had demonstrated his acting abilities, and he joined the local drama club. At that time, Dornan became interested in music, and he formed with his friend David Alexander the band Sons of Jim. However, the guys were quite inexperienced and lacked sufficient financial support, therefore, the project had existed for a short period of time, and it officially broke up in 2008.
Young Jamie Dornan at the beginning of his modeling career
After his graduation from the college, the actor-to-be entered the local university, but life presented this handsome man a stunning gift – he got an offer from the London Model Agency Select Model Management.
His First Steps to Fame
Without hesitation, Jamie Dornan dropped out of the university and moved to London. Many of his colleagues later stated that Dornan was like «Wikipedia of success» in the cruel model world. His rise to the top can be a great survival guide for the beginner male model.
One of the first Jamie Dornan’s photo shoot (2002)
In 2002 he had his first photo shoot – he was photographed for advertising catalogue Abercrombie & Fitch, and the concept of the commercial was quite explicit.
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There were followed by a lot of new proposals and over the next 4 years, Jamie signed contracts with the men’s magazine Numero Homme and such brands as Aquascutum, Gap, Armani, Calvin Klein. In 2006 the New York Times awarded Jamie the title «The Golden Torso».
Portfolio of Jamie Dornan (2003)
At the same time, Jamie did not leave his attempts to break into the film industry and to realize his actor’s ambitions. The famous British actress Keira Knightley, who was Jamie’s girlfriend from 2003 till 2005, gave him a support on his way to success. She protected Jamie in appearing in the movie «Marie Antoinette» by Sofia Coppola with Kirsten Dunst in the leading role. Jamie brilliantly played the role of Count Axel von Fersen, and then, in 2008, he acted in the independent movie «Beyond the Rave».
Jamie Dornan as Count Axel ("Marie Antoinette")
Meanwhile his modeling career was becoming more successful from year to year. In 2009, Dornan and the famous actress Eva Mendes were photographed for Calvin Klein Underwear Collection. Later, Eva frankly confessed: «We have had such a great time together. I know that the photos were sooo exciting».
Jamie Dornan and Eva Mendes: photo shooting for Calvin Klein
By the way, Jamie did not forget about acting, and then he participated in several projects like the series «Once Upon A Time» (2011) and films «The Fall» (2013), «New Worlds» (2014) «Flying Home» (2014). The shooting of the thriller «The Fall» was the most memorable for the actor because it took place in Jamie’s hometown, Belfast. Dornan was cast for the role of a serial killer, and «The X-Files»’ star Gillian Anderson became his partner on set.
«Fifty Shades of Grey»
However, the Irish actor appeared at the peak of his fame after shooting in the erotic film «Fifty Shades of Grey». Dornan played the billionaire Christian Grey who is a handsome businessman with unusual sexual tastes. Dakota Johnson, the daughter of the actors Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith, played a role of his beloved mistress, the student Anastasia Steele.
Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson asking questions
The actors had a clear idea that the film with such a controversial plot might either make them Hollywood stars in a moment or put the end to their acting career. That is why they tried to do the best on the set. However, it was even easy for Jamie because he got already used to be half nude in front of the cameras and was as not even a bit shy as his partner. The premiere of «Fifty Shades of Grey» was sensational and made a splash around. Nevertheless, the critics were not impressed at all, but despite all of its dubious success the film had gathered more than half a billion dollars at the box-office.
Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson
In 2016 there were expected two premieres featuring Jamie Dornan: the military drama «Anthropoid» and the mystical thriller «The 9th Life of Louis Drax».
Jamie Dornan in 2016
Meantime Dornan extended the contract with the Agency Select Model Management, although then he was invited to the photo shooting mainly with Dakota Johnson.
In February 2017, Jamie Dornan appeared to the audience in the next part of the film about the love story of Anastasia and Christian, «Fifty Shades Darker». The third part of this melodramatic franchise («Fifty Shades Freed») was released in 2018.
Personal Life of Jamie Dornan
Jamie Dornan gained a reputation of a lady-killer because of his numerous romances. He has dated the talented British actress Keira Knightley since 2003 till 2005. Jamie stated that their relationship was very serious, but the annoying paparazzi’s invasion of the privacy of the star couple simply led them to the breakup.
Keira Knightley and Jamie Dornan have been dating for three years
After the breakup with Knightley, Dornan soon dated many models and actresses: such famous pretty women as Sienna Miller, Lindsay Lohan and Kate Moss.
Jamie Dornan is a famous lady-killer
But everything has changed when Jamie met the actress and singer Amelia Warner (an ex-wife of Colin Farrell). Their relationship turned into true love that resulted in a strong marriage. Jamie and Amelia married on April 27, 2013. At the end of November the same year, their daughter Dulcie was born, and at the end of February 2016, Amelia gave birth to their second daughter. The actor has decided not to tell the press her name for some time.
Jamie Dornan, his wife and child
Jamie Dornan prefers to live an active lifestyle. He enjoys playing a golf, tennis and rugby; he is also fond of skiing and sailing. The actor is a fan of Manchester United football team. It is a pity that this sports lover suffers from asthma and always has to take an inhaler to the gym or somewhere else.
Joamie Dornan about his family, wife and kids
The actor loves listening to folk music and really enjoys being at barbecue parties. His favorite dish is a burger, especially a chicken burger. Like a true Irishman, Jamie likes beer, preferring the sort of Guinness.
Jamie Dornan Now
The love story of Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey has ended, but Jamie Dornan is not going to stop his successful career. At least four feature films with his participation are expected in 2018.
Jamie Dornan in the movie «Robin Hood: Origins»
Thus, the actor starred in the drama «Untogether» and played a member of Robin Hood’s gang (Taron Egerton) in the action movie «Robin Hood: Origins». Jamie was also involved in the shooting of the military drama «A Private War» with Rosamund Pike and the action movie «My Dinner with Hervé», dedicated to the life story of the actor Hervé Villechaize who had committed suicide in the 1990s.
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I just read the bio of Jamie. I have seen all 3 Grey movies, and I had wondered if Jamie was gay.Lol He was so handsome. I am so happy that he isn't and is a happily married man and father. I could tell in the movies how gentle he was with Dakota even in the rough scenes. The movie moved me as an older women because of watching them fall in love. They were Perfect for those rolls. I wish Jamie would play in more movies in the U.S.A. I Loved his acting. I also enjoyed him in The Fall. Which was quite different. This is a very talented man, and by his interviews a very sweet and nice man. I wish him well in all he does. So glad he is a family man. Best of everything, I am trying to get his movies.