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Jamie Dornan
Jamie Dornan January 2013.jpg
Dornan in 2013
James Dornan

(1982-05-01) 1 May 1982 (age 38)[1]
Holywood, County Down, Northern Ireland
  • Actor
  • model
  • musician
Years active2001–present
(m. 2013)

James Dornan (born 1 May 1982)[2][3] is an actor, model, and musician from Northern Ireland.

Initially beginning his career as a model in 2001, he appeared in campaigns for Hugo Boss, Dior Homme, and Calvin Klein. Dubbed "the Golden Torso" by The New York Times, he was ranked one of the "25 Biggest Male Models of All Time" by Vogue in 2015. In addition, he performed in folk band Sons of Jim until 2008.

He began acting in 2006, and earned international recognition for playing Sheriff Graham Humbert in the series Once Upon a Time (2011–2013) and serial killer Paul Spector in the crime drama series The Fall (2013–2016). He won the Irish Film and Television Award for Best Actor in Television and was nominated for a British Academy Television Award for Best Actor for the latter. In film, he has portrayed Axel von Fersen in Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette (2006), Christian Grey in the Fifty Shades franchise (2015–2018), and Jan Kubiš in Anthropoid (2016).

Early life

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, Cornwall, England.[5] His father, Jim Dornan, is an obstetrician and gynaecologist who had also considered becoming an actor.[6][7]

Dornan was 16 when his mother, Lorna, died from pancreatic cancer.[4][7][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]


In 2001, he took part in the Channel 4 reality show Model Behaviour. He was eliminated but signed a modelling contract with Select Model Management. In 2003, he modelled for Abercrombie & Fitch with Malin Åkerman.[12] He then modelled for Aquascutum, Hugo Boss, and Armani.[13] Notable works include 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 appeared in commercials for Dolce & Gabanna, Zara, Banana Republic, Dior, Calvin Klein, and Levi's Jeans with Lily Aldridge. In 2006, Dornan was dubbed the "male Kate Moss" by GQ and in 2015 was ranked one of the "25 Biggest Male Models of All Time" by Vogue.[16] In 2018, he became the new face of "Boss The Scent" for Hugo Boss alongside Dutch model Birgit Kos.[17]


Dornan's first acting role in a film was Count Axel Fersen in the Sofia Coppola film Marie Antoinette (2006).[18] 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 nine episodes of the ABC television series Once Upon a Time, playing the role of Sheriff Graham.[19] 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.[20][21] Beginning in 2013, the show aired for three series ending in October 2016.[22] He stalked a woman in his preparation for the role.[23] He won the Irish Film and Television Award for Best Actor in Television and was nominated for a British Academy Television Award for Best Actor for the latter.[24]

On 23 October 2013, Dornan was cast as Christian Grey[25] in the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey, replacing Charlie Hunnam.[26] Initially announced to be released on 1 August 2014,[27] the film was later rescheduled and released on 13 February 2015.[28] In February 2015, it was confirmed that Dornan had signed on to reprise his role in the second and third installments of the Fifty Shades film franchise, Fifty Shades Darker, released in 2017, and Fifty Shades Freed, released in 2018.[29]

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.[30] In November 2014, Dornan was #3 in People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive rankings.[31] In May 2017, it was reported that Dornan would co-star alongside Peter Dinklage in the HBO television film My Dinner with Hervé.[32] Shooting for the film started in June 2017, it was released on 20 October 2018.[33]

In 2020, he was listed at number 32 on The Irish Times' list of Ireland's greatest film actors.[34]

Personal life

In 2010, Dornan met English actress and singer-songwriter Amelia Warner and they became engaged in 2012, and married in 2013.[35] They have three daughters.[36]

Dornan is an atheist.[37] In interviews, he has stated that he considers himself Irish.[38][39]



Year Title Role Notes
2006 Marie Antoinette Axel von Fersen
2008 Beyond the Rave Ed
2009 Shadows in the Sun Joe
X Returns X Short film
Nice to Meet You The Young Man
2014 Flying Home Colin Montgomery
2015 Fifty Shades of Grey Christian Grey
Burnt Leon Sweeney Deleted scenes
2016 Anthropoid Jan Kubiš
The Siege of Jadotville Pat Quinlan
The 9th Life of Louis Drax Dr. Allan Pascal
2017 Fifty Shades Darker Christian Grey
2018 Fifty Shades Freed
Untogether Nick
A Private War Paul Conroy
Robin Hood Will Scarlet
2019 Endings, Beginnings Jack
Synchronic Dennis
2020 Trolls World Tour Chaz (voice)
Wild Mountain Thyme Anthony Reilly
2021 Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar Edgar Post-production
TBA Belfast Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2011–2013 Once Upon a Time The Huntsman / Sheriff Graham Humbert 9 episodes
2013–2016 The Fall Paul Spector 17 episodes
2014 New Worlds Abe Goffe 4 episodes
2018 My Dinner with Hervé Danny Tate Television film[33]
2018 Death and Nightingales Liam Ward 3 episodes[40]


Year Single
2005 "Fairytale"
2006 "My Burning Sun"
2018 "Maybe I'm Amazed"
(from the Fifty Shades Freed Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)[41]

Awards and nominations

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
British Academy Television Awards
2014 Best Actor The Fall Nominated [24]
British Independent Film Awards
2016 Best Supporting Actor Anthropoid Nominated [42]
Broadcasting Press Guild Awards
2014 Breakthrough Award The Fall Won [43]
2015 Best Actor (long-list) Nominated [44]
Czech Lion Awards
2016 Best Supporting Actor Anthropoid Nominated [45]
C21 International Drama Awards
2015 Best Male Performance The Fall Nominated [46]
Golden Raspberry Awards
2016 Worst Actor Fifty Shades of Grey Won [47]
Worst Screen Combo (with Dakota Johnson) Won
2018 Worst Actor Fifty Shades Darker Nominated [48]
Worst Screen Combo (with "Any Combination of
Two Characters, Two Sex Toys, or Two Sexual Positions")
Irish Film and Television Awards
2014 Best Lead Actor – Television The Fall Won
Rising Star Won
2015 Best Actor in a Lead Role – Drama Nominated
2017 Best Actor The Siege of Jadotville Nominated [49]
National Television Awards
2016 Drama Performance The Fall Nominated [50]
2017 Nominated [51]
People's Choice Awards
2018 The Drama Movie Star of 2018 Fifty Shades Freed Won [52]


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  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
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  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.
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  40. ^ "Matthew Rhys, Jamie Dornan to Star in BBC Drama 'Death and Nightingales'". Variety. 29 May 2018. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
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  42. ^ "Winners' Area · BIFA · British Independent Film Awards". BIFA · British Independent Film Awards. 7 December 2018.
  43. ^ "40th TV & Radio Awards". Broadcasting Press Guild. 20 February 2014. Retrieved 19 August 2015.
  44. ^ "Best Actor Award". Broadcasting Press Guild. 2015. Retrieved 6 November 2016.
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External links

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