5 things to know about new ’50 Shades of Grey’ lead Jamie Dornan
Charlie Hunnam is out, Jamie Dornan is in!
A few weeks after British actor Charlie Hunnam dropped out of 50 Shades of Grey, producers have cast 31-year-old actor Jamie Dornan in the role of the suave and domineering Christian Grey.
Here are five things to know about Jamie Dornan:
He’s an up-and-coming Northern Irish actor
Dornan, 31, has appeared in a handful of critically acclaimed movies and TV shows, and notably appeared opposite Kirsten Dunst in Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette. He also starred in the first season of ABC’s Once Upon a Time and stayed on as a recurring guest throughout the second season. Also, viewers across the pond may know Dornan from the Northern Irish drama series The Fall, costarring Gillian Anderson.
He’s a singer, too
Until 2008, Dornan was part of Sons of Jim, an Irish folk duo that accompanied Scottish singer-songwriter KT Tunstall on tour.
He once modeled alongside Kate Moss and Eva Mendes
Dornan has modeled underwear for Calvin Klein, and he’s also appeared in campaigns for Dior, Armani, Banana Republic, Hugo Boss, and several other brands. No doubt his model’s body—still toned from his days as a rugby player—will come in handy in 50 Shades!
He once dated Keira Knightley
Dornan had a relationship with British actress Keira Knightley from 2003 to 2005, and in fact, as Vanity Fair puts it, “We all (indirectly) have Keira Knightley to thank for this casting.” After she met Dornan on an Asprey photo shoot, she introduced him to her agent and helped launch his acting career. After they broke up, Dornan wrote a song to his former love, which included the lyrics: “I can see your fancy friends trying to steal your innocence…you’re so weak around them.” He’s clearly a romantic at heart!
He’s expecting a baby with his wife Amelia Warner
Sorry ladies: Dornan is definitely taken. He and his wife, British actress Amelia Warner, announced in June that they’re expecting their first child. When the baby comes, they’ll have some expert help at home; Jamie’s dad Jim, as well as his step-mom, Dr. Samina Dornan, are both leading experts in gynecology, and Jim Dornan is apparently known in Northern Ireland as “the baby doctor.”
Do you think Jamie Dornan was the right choice to play Christian Grey?