Jamie Dornan

Jamie Dornan


Date of Birth: 1 May 1982, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

Height: 5′ 10¾” (1.8 m)

Mini Bio:

Jamie Dornan was born on May 1, 1982 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He is an actor, known for Fifty Shades of Grey (2015), Marie Antoinette (2006) and Shadows in the Sun(2009). He has been married to Amelia Warner since April 27, 2013. They have one child.

  • Was a Calvin Klein model.
  • Was the face of the 2007 campaign for men’s cologne Dior Homme.
  • Actress Greer Garson was his grandmother’s first cousin, making Greer and Jamie first cousins, twice removed.
  • Played a serious level of rugby in his native Northern Ireland.
  • Is a huge Manchester United fan (season ticket holder).
  • Was in a relationship with actress Keira Knightley from 2003 to 2005. They met on the set of an Asprey photo shoot in 2003.
  • Has one child, a daughter named Dulcie who was born in late November of 2013.
  • His mother died of pancreatic cancer when he was just 16 years old.
  • Is very good friends with actors Andrew Garfield and Eddie Redmayne. They were all looking for acting work around the same time.
  • Met wife Amelia Warner in 2007 through mutual friends at a party in Hollywood, California.
  • Is one of three children. He has two older sisters.

 Personal Quotes:
 I’m probably the worst person for ‘Men’s Health’ to interview.
I guess I’m just lucky with my genes.
I can’t really do the running on hard ground that I used to do. Instead I go swimming as often as possible.
Fairytales are stories that span every generation and they’ve been around for a long time.
Everyone likes a bit of competition.
It’s funny when you know you’re playing two characters and you’re aware of how you have to play each one into your performance of the other. You’re constantly at the back of your mind thinking and it all gets a bit confusing.
I’ve always needed to bulk up, so until the modeling took off I was ramming Big Macs down my throat and doing plenty of bodyweight work. I’m over the Big Macs now, but I’ll still drop down and do my press ups whenever I find the time.
Because I used to play a lot of sport, I’ve always been in decent enough shape. When I used to get asked to do a bit of body work before a photo shoot I’d lie and say, ‘Yeah, I’m going to the gym.’ I literally never did anything.
It’s not like I cleaned up with girls. I always looked young and I was very small; I hated being ‘cute.’
As a viewer, I don’t respond well to actors doing more than they need to tell a story. I get really thrown by that, and pissed off. They’re doing lots of things, but they could just stand there and say the lines, and it would tell the story in a far more pleasing way.
I don’t think Paul Spector, from The Fall (2013) is that bad of a husband. I think he shows good qualities, despite the fact that he hunts and kills innocent women. But I want to show how regular these guys can be.
I’m still auditioning. I don’t really have choices in the material I get. So I have to make the choices in the way I play the characters. And I’m happy to get a chance to play Christian Gray.
I don’t like my physique. Who does? I was a skinny guy growing up, and I still feel like that same skinny kid.
(on his Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) leading lady) Dakota Johnson is very funny – and humor on a film set goes a long way. But she also had the ability to be a very strong dramatic actress. She’d be telling a joke one minute and breaking your heart on-screen the next, so she was perfect.
(on filming Fifty Shades of Grey) Some of the Red Room stuff was uncomfortable. There were times when Dakota [Johnson] was not wearing much, and I had to do stuff to her that I’d never choose to do to a woman.
(on Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) during an Elle interview, January 2015) Mass appreciation doesn’t always equate to something good. Think of Hitler!
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