Me, My­self and I: Jamie Dor­nan

The 33-year-old Ir­ish heart throb re­veals wh

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He’s landed him­self two of the most hotly an­tic­i­pated roles in the past few years, but there’s a lot more to Jamie Dor­nan than his ap­pear­ance. Ini­tially one of the high­est paid mod­els in the in­dus­try for al­most a decade, Jamie’s true pas­sion was act­ing – some­thing that has cat­a­pulted him to ma­jor suc­cess. Here, Jamie re­veals how his life has changed since he be­came a father, what his wife re­ally thought of his role in Fifty Shades of Grey, and how he got into the dark mind­set of his char­ac­ter in BBC’S The Fall...

I’m of­ten asked if Fifty Shades of Grey changed my life...

I would say that I guess peo­ple recog­nise you in the street more. But I take great com­fort in the fact that the things I care about most are my fam­ily and my mates. I’ve had the same group of mates since I was a kid and that doesn’t change, so my an­swer is that I don’t think my life will change be­cause those things won’t.

My wife was heav­ily preg­nant when I landed the role of Chris­tian Grey, so we had to move to Van­cou­ver and have our first baby there...

My wife is a bril­liant, hugely un­der­stand­ing per­son. A lot of peo­ple would have had a sh*t fit at 30-some­thing weeks preg­nant, hear­ing, ‘Dar­ling, we’re go­ing to Van­cou­ver this week for four months – we’re go­ing to have a Cana­dian baby and I’m go­ing to do a film where, for parts of it, I will be naked.’ That’s a tough pitch, but my wife is an in­cred­i­ble per­son.

There were lots of ru­mours that my wife was un­happy about me do­ing the movie, but that’s not true...

She un­der­stands that it is work. I don’t think we will be watch­ing it to­gether too many times at home, though. I was more con­cerned about my mates, I was more wor­ried about the rib­bing I would get. We’re all quite harsh with each other, in a lovely, known-ea­chother-all-our-lives way.

My fam­ily are ex­tremely im­por­tant to me...

My wife is dream stuff. It’s amaz­ing. I also love fa­ther­hood. Th­ese last cou­ple of years have been quite some­thing. But we’re en­joy­ing it.

Be­com­ing a father was com­pletely and ut­terly life-al­ter­ing for me...

I was very much there for the birth; it’s a mad sit­u­a­tion! My father (Jim, an ob­ste­tri­cian) has de­liv­ered over 6,000 ba­bies, my step­mother’s an ob­ste­tri­cian gy­nae­col­o­gist and I’ve been around a lot of baby talk in my life. But still, noth­ing ac­tu­ally pre­pares you for what’s go­ing to hap­pen. I hope I’m a good dad. It re­ally is the most joy­ous thing imag­in­able. It’s to­tally changed our lives but only for the pos­i­tive.

Get­ting into char­ac­ter for my role in The Fall was quite tough as he’s very dark...

I didn’t find it healthy to oc­cupy that head space at all times. Also, I have quite a lot of en­ergy and find it hard to sit still, but I’d made a choice with Spec­tor (my char­ac­ter in The Fall) that he is very still. So be­tween takes I had to run in cir­cles, run around cor­ri­dors, scream con­stantly. It was prob­a­bly re­ally ir­ri­tat­ing, be­cause I was go­ing a bit men­tal.

I am shocked I’ve landed the roles I have, as I wouldn’t say au­di­tions are my strong point...

I’m not very good at au­di­tions, I don’t sell my­self very well. I didn’t do a good au­di­tion for The Fall. But the show’s writer, Al­lan Cu­bitt, saw some­thing in me. I think he had to work pretty hard to con­vince ev­ery­one else.

I have friends who are in this busi­ness and I do take their ad­vice...

I have very close ac­tor friends who are all in a good place pro­fes­sion­ally and per­son­ally. It is good to draw on that. We talk to each other about work a lot in a very non-com­pet­i­tive way and that’s the nice thing about it.

I worked as a model for al­most 10 years...

I have a lot of re­spect for the fash­ion in­dus­try, but when you ac­tu­ally break it down, it’s all a bit silly. There is a cer­tain stigma at­tached to the whole thing of model-turnedac­tor. But I was al­ways quite a re­luc­tant model, to my agent’s an­noy­ance. I was never hugely keen on it and in a weird way I didn’t do a great deal of it. They hap­pened to be jobs that ended up on the sides of buses, but it wasn’t this all-con­sum­ing thing. In fact, I’ve never done a cat­walk show in my life.

There were oc­ca­sions I would feel ob­jec­ti­fied as a model...

At times, yeah; but on the whole, no. I got lucky be­cause quite early on I could be picky about what I did, where I did it. And be­cause I was on con­tracts, I was work­ing maybe 10 days a year and get­ting paid re­ally well for it.

I’ve not al­ways had a lot of fe­male at­ten­tion...

I didn’t do par­tic­u­larly well with girls at school. I was very shy. I’m not say­ing that was the only rea­son I didn’t do well with them, but I just didn’t. I never had any rea­son to think I looked dif­fer­ent.

Jamie says he’s sur­prised at some of the roles he’s landed so far.

Jamie with his wife, Amelia Warner, and above, with his Fifty Shades of Grey co-star, Dakota John­son.

Jamie stars along­side Gil­lian An­der­son in The Fall.

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