Many know him best as Christian Grey, the main character in the film adaptation of the E. L. James erotic trilogy Fifty Shades, which was on everyone’s lips thanks to its depiction of the controversial BDSM erotic practices (Bondage and Discipline, Dominance and Submission and Sadism and Masochism).
Before his big break as Christian Grey (ironically, he has only received nominations for the role of Worst Actor), Jamie Dornan was already known to television show aficionados in the UK through his role in BBC Two’s The Fall, while American audiences also saw a little of him in ABC’s Once Upon a Time (2011-2013), where he portrayed Sheriff Graham Humbert.
Jamie Dornan Wiki/Bio
James Dornan was born on 1 May 1982 in Holywood, County Down, Northern Ireland, the son of Professor Jim Dornan and Lorna Dornan. Dornan comes from a family of entertainers – his father Jim, before becoming Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, aspired to be an actor. His two older sisters Liesa and Jessica are also somewhat involved in entertainment. While Liesa works for Disney in London, Jessica excels as a fashion designer in Falmouth, England.
Dornan, who grew up in the suburbs of Belfast, attended Methodist College Belfast, where he worked in the drama department and also played rugby. A tragedy struck the Dornan’s in 1998 when the family’s matriarch, Lorna, lost her life to pancreatic cancer.
After secondary school, Jamie attended Teesside University in Middlesbrough but dropped out of school in 2003 to pursue a career as an entertainer, which he began as a model.
Jamie’s modeling career has been quite successful as he has had commercial appearances with Dior Homme and Calvin Klein, which led to him being called “The Golden Torso” by the New York Times. As a model, Dornan also worked for Hugo Boss, Armani, and Abercrombie & Fitch.
He started his acting career in 2006 when he was also part of a folk band called Sons of Jim, which was to break up later in 2008. Jamie’s first acting role was Marie Antoinette (2006). In his next film Beyond the Rave (2008) Jamie played the leading role. The following year he released three films, including Shadows in the Sun and two shorts; X Returns and Nice to Meet You.
He made his debut on the small screen by portraying Sheriff Graham Humbert in Once Upon a Time for 9 episodes before joining The Fall in 2013 as Paul Spector, a role that earned him his first-ever award – the Broadcasting Press Guild Breakthrough Award.
His most notable breakthrough came when he was chosen to replace Charlie Hunnam for the role of Christian Grey in Fifty Shades. After Fifty Shades, Jamie Dornan continues to perform as an actor, including Untogether and Robin Hood.
Jamie Dornan’s net worth was estimated at $3 million or more. For his Christain Grey role in the first part of the series, Fifty Shades Dornan earned a minimum salary of $250,000.
Also, he made a deal to receive an undisclosed percentage of the film’s total gross income. And considering that the three movies made a total of $1.089 billion from a meager budget of $150 million, Dornan went home with a pretty hefty paycheck. His net worth of $3 million will certainly increase if he continues to rate movies that are on par with the box office success of Fifty Shades.
His fortune also includes homes in the Cotswold and Hollywood Hills, California.
Family: Gay, Wife, Kids, Divorce
Due to the controversial sexual character he portrayed in Fifty Shades, many have become curious about Jamie Dornan’s sexuality in real life, and searches like Jamie Dornan Gay are some of the phrases that have flooded the search engines. The fact is that Jamie Dornan is very heterosexual and has never been gay.
At the beginning of his entertainment career in 2003, when he started as a model, Dornan’s looks and physique were enough to arouse the interest of his British lover Keira Knightley. Their relationship lasted for about 2 years when the couple separated in 2005.
Many have criticized Dornan’s portrayal of Christian Grey with Dakota Johnson for lack of credible chemistry. Well, maybe the role was just too uncomfortable for him or he could not accept the fact that his heart belongs to someone else – Amelia Warner, an English actress who switched her career from acting to singing as she found no fulfillment in the former.
The couple met in 2010 but remained very private about their relationship. They got engaged in 2012 and went to the altar together in 2013. Dornan and Warner even started a family together and share two children, daughters; Dulcie and Phoebe were born in November 2013 and February 2016 respectively.
Before their union, Dornan’s wife was engaged to Colin Farrell. She plays music under the name Slow Moving Millie.