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Biography of Jamie Dornan
Jamie Dornan is a popular British actor, model and musician. Gained fame through participation in advertising products for Armani, Dior, Calvin Klein and Boss. He became famous for the role of the eccentric millionaire Christian Gray from the erotic film Fifty Shades of Grey.
British actor and model Jamie Dornan
Childhood and youth
Jamie Dornan was born in the Northern Irish city of Belfast, was brought up in the family of an obstetrician and a Protestant housewife. As a child, Jamie was fond of playing rugby and golf, and also dreamed of becoming a park ranger, as he loved animals very much.
When the guy was 16 years old, his mother died, who had long suffered from pancreatic cancer. The following year, four friends of the future actor died in a car accident. A series of deaths of loved ones affected Dornan so much that he had to turn to a psychologist.
Jamie Dornan with friends from Belfast
Jamie graduated from Methodist College in his native Belfast. Even then, the guy showed acting inclinations, and he enrolled in the local drama club. During this period, Dornan also became interested in music and, together with his friend David Alexander, created the Sons of Jim group. However, the guys were completely inexperienced and did not have sufficient financial support, so the project did not last long, and in 2008 it officially broke up.
Young Jamie Dornan at the dawn of a modeling career
After graduating from college, the future actor entered a local university, but life gave the handsome man with a difficult fate a stunning gift – he received an offer from the London modeling agency Select Model Management.
First steps to glory
Without hesitation, Jamie Dornan left the university and went to London. Many of his colleagues subsequently claimed that Dornan is the “Wikipedia” of success in the cruel modeling world. His climb to the top could be a great survival guide for an aspiring male model.
One of the first photo shoots of Jamie Dornan (2002)
In 2002, his first photo shoot took place – he starred for the Abercrombie & Fitch advertising catalog, and the concept of the photoset was very frank. The first shoot was quickly followed by others; over the next 4 years, Jamie signed contracts with the men’s magazine Numero Homme, the brands Aquascutum, Gap, Armani, Calvin Klein. In 2006, the New York Times awarded Jamie the Golden Torso title.
In parallel, Jamie did not leave attempts to break into the film industry and realize his acting abilities. The famous Keira Knightley, whom Jamie met from 2003 to 2005, helped him in this. The Hollywood actress contributed to Jamie’s participation in the film Marie Antoinette, directed by Sofia Coppola and starring Kirsten Dunst.
Portfolio of Jamie Dornan (2003)
Jamie brilliantly played the role of Count Axel von Fersen, after which, in 2008, he played in the independent film Beyond the Rave.
Jamie Dornan as Count Axel (Marie Antoinette)
His modeling career has been gaining momentum every year. In 2009, Dornan starred with famous actress Eva Mendes in an advertisement for a Calvin Klein lingerie collection. Eva later stated, “Jamie Dornan and I had a great time. I know the pictures are oh-so-very exciting.”
Jamie Dornan and Eva Mendes
Jamie did not forget about the cinema either, he took part in several projects – the series Once Upon a Time (2011), The Fall (2013), New Worlds (2014) and Flight Home (2014). The most memorable for him was the shooting of the thriller “The Collapse”, which took place in Jamie’s native Belfast. The actor was approved for the role of a serial killer, and the star of The X-Files Gillian Andersen became his partner.
“50 shades of grey”
However, the Irish actor was at the peak of his fame after participating in the erotic film Fifty Shades of Grey. Dornan played billionaire Christian Grey, a brilliant businessman with unorthodox sexual tastes. The role of his partner, student Anastasia Steele, was embodied by Dakota Johnson, the daughter of actors Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith.
The actors realized that the film, which made only noise, could instantly make them stars or put an end to their acting career. That is why they gave their best on the set. However, for Jamie it was easy – he was used to candid filming and was not a bit shy, like his partner. Critics were very skeptical of the film, but it grossed over half a billion dollars at the box office.
Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson
In 2016, two premieres were released with the participation of Jamie Dornan – this is the military drama Anthropoid and The Ninth Life of Louis Drax.
Jamie Dornan in 2016
Dornan also continued to work with the agency Select Model Management, although now even for photography he was called mainly in tandem with Dakota Johnson. In February 2017, Jamie Dornan appeared before the Russian audience in the continuation of the love story of Anastasia and Christian – “Fifty Shades Darker”. And the third part of the franchise (“50 Shades Freed”) was released in 2018.
Jamie Dornan’s personal life
Jamie Dornan has gained fame as a real womanizer thanks to his many novels. Since 2003, he has been dating the talented British actress Keira Knightley. Jamie stated that their relationship was as serious as possible, but the constant interference of the paparazzi in the personal life of the star couple simply destroyed their union.
Keira Knightley and Jamie Dornan dated for three years
After breaking up with Knightley, Dornan dated many models and actresses, including such famous beauties as Sienna Miller, Lindsay Lohan and Kate Moss.
Jamie Dornan – famous heartthrob
Everything changed after Jamie met with actress and singer Amelia Warner (ex-wife of Colin Farrell). Their relationship grew into true love, which culminated in a strong marriage. On April 27, 2013, Jamie and Amelia officially became husband and wife. At the end of November of the same year, their daughter Dalsie was born, and at the end of February 2016, Amelia gave birth to his second daughter. The actor preferred to hide her name from the press for the time being.
Jamie Dornan with his wife and child
In ordinary life, Jamie Dornan enjoys golf, rugby, skiing, sailing and tennis. The actor is a fan of Manchester United. Alas, the passionate sports fan suffers from asthma and is forced to always take an inhaler with him.
The actor loves folk music and sincerely enjoys barbecue. His favorite food is burgers, especially chickenburgers. Like a true Irishman, Jamie loves beer, preferring Guinness.
Jamie Dornan now
The love story of Anastasia Steele and Christian Gray is over, but Jamie Dornan is not going to stop there. In 2018, at least 4 more feature films with his participation were expected to be released.
Jamie Dornan in Robin Hood Begins
He landed a leading role in the drama Not Together and played a member of the Robin Hood (Taron Egerton) gang in Robin Hood: The Beginning. Jamie was also busy filming the military drama A Private War with Rosamund Pike and the biopic My Lunch with Herve, dedicated to the story of actor Herve Vilechaise, who committed suicide in the 90s.
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