Jamie Dornan has already proved that he can act and now when he has been nominated for the Irish Film and Television Academy Awards, which is the Irish equivalent of the Oscars and was announced the big winner of the night, it has slowly sunk in, among his fans and critics that the man can act! And when an actor looks like that and has credibility from winning not one but two awards at the Irish Academy Awards, it is time for people to see that there is more to Jamie Dornan than meets the eye.
And that is perhaps also true for the character he plays on television right now, which has been instrumental in helping him to win these coveted awards. On the night of April 5th, 2014, Jamie was nominated at the 11th IFTA or the Irish Film and Television Awards for his role as Paul Spector on the murder mystery thriller, ‘The Fall’. And not only was he nominated for the award for the Best Actor, but also for the Award for the Irish Film Board Rising Star.
The 31 year old walked away with both the awards from the ceremony, which was attended by the who’s who of Hollywood and the Irish film fraternity too, and was held at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in Ireland. The Irish star, who is from Belfast, incidentally the most challenging role he has played on television, that of Paul Spector, also based in Belfast. With the accreditation of the stalwarts and his peers alike and an award to flaunt, it is only a matter of time that Jamie becomes an even hotter property in Hollywood.
The actor, who is married to singer and songwriter, Amelia Warner, was seen leaving the hotel much later with his child in tow (yes, he is a father too, and has a baby daughter). Jamie, with his careful and seamless blend of acting prowess, good looks, sensitivity has been able to become a poster boy of the alpha male that women seem to swoon over these days. With his presence slowly increasing on our television as well as movie screens it is important that we see him in a new light.
Clearly the man can act and these two awards confirm just that. And not only the Irish Film and Television Awards, the 31 year old has also been nominated at the Bafta Television Awards as well, for his portrayal of a serial killer running loose in Belfast, Paul Spector. It is often unheard of actors, who are technically and relatively inexperienced to play complicated roles such as that of a Paul Spector, but when someone does utter justice to the role and is awarded for the same, it is time we sit up and take notice of him, rather than writing him off as a model, who will not be able to act!
When it comes to Jamie Dornan, the combination can be quite alluring for his fans, women and men alike. And writing him off is just an insane thought, for he has just started off and to quote the famous poet Robert Frost:
“The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep”
Jamie Dornan might have wrapped up the shooting of his biggest film role till date, in “Fifty Shades of Grey” as Christian Grey, but it does not mean that he is not busy. The actor, who has already started shooting for the second season of his television series “The Fall”, recently, appeared for an interview in The Telegraph and spoke to Serena Davies. Serena and Jamie met on the set of his recent restoration drama “New Worlds”. The television series is a follow up to the critically acclaimed television series, which was set in the period of the English Civil War, “The Devil’s Whore”.
While Michael Fassbender starred in the first series, Jamie Dornan steps into the second instalment of the series as Abe Goffe, an outlaw who meets forms a revolution in a forest in Oxfordshire, against the elite in power. Dornan appears in an unkempt look, and that is all because Abe is a revolutionary in a forest. As he is talking to Davies, he can be seen tugging at the wisps which have been glued to his short hair on the back and the sides. And for all those who have been paying a close attention to the fan made trailers and the posters of his soon to release “Fifty Shades of Grey”, will agree that Abe looks far removed from the suave and clean shaven and well groomed millionaire, Christian Grey.
When Serena meets Jamie aka the bearded Abe for the interview, he jokes that like most things that Abe has had to sacrifice in his life, he had to sacrifice his razor too. When Serena visited Jamie on the set, it was the summer of 2013 when he was still better known as the model, who modelled shirtless for Calvin Klein, and as the cold and calculative serial killer on “The Fall”. When Serena met him next, in October 2013, he had already landed the role of the seducer Christian Grey in the erotically charged film “Fifty Shades….” which has made him a household (bedroom) name!
The next time Davies met him was in a pub in west London, which was also close to his home in Notting Hill. When he talked about the circus that surrounds ‘modern celebrity’, the comically self deprecating actor says that nobody, who is sane, will want to be famous. He adds that he hates it when people say that by doing films, you are courting ‘modern celebrity’. Instead, he says that he is just asking for work and asking to be paid for doing something that he really loves, and definitely not to be followed around by the paparazzi. Having been in a relationship with Keira Knightley for two years from 2003 to 2005, and seeing that she was hounded by the paparazzi, the Irish actor concludes that there is absolutely nothing positive about it.
By the time Serena again interviews him, the tabloids are filled with pictures of Jamie Dornan and Amelia Warner, his singer-songwriter and pregnant wife. Warner eventually gave birth to the couple’s first child, a girl, in Vancouver where the hunk was busy shooting for “Fifty Shades…”