FIFTY SHADES DARKER
Northern Ireland-born actor JAMIE DORNAN (Christian Grey) has
received huge critical acclaim for his portrayal of a chilling serial killer on
the BBC's crime drama The Fall, which co-stars Gillian Anderson. The series,
which launched in 2013, was the highest-rated drama for the channel in eight
years. For his performance, Dornan earned a BAFTA Television Award nomination
for Best Actor, two Irish Film & Television Awards for Best Actor-Television,
the Irish Film Board's Rising Star and the Broadcasting Press Guild's
Breakthrough Award. The second season premiered in winter 2014 in the U.K. and
in January in the U.S. Dornan starred in Channel 4's miniseries New Worlds,
which aired in the U.K. in spring 2014. The historical drama depicts the terror
and turbulence experienced in both England and America at the time of the
English Civil War. In 2011, on his first U.S. television series, Dornan played
the complex dual role of Sheriff Graham and The Huntsman for three seasons on
ABC's fantasy drama Once Upon a Time, opposite Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer
Morrison and Robert Carlyle.
Dornan's feature-film debut was in Sofia Coppola's 2006 Oscar-winning historic
epic Marie Antoinette, in which he starred as Count Axel Fersen, the lover to
Kirsten Dunst's eponymous Marie Antoinette. In 2009, he starred in the British
independent film Shadows in the Sun, with Jean Simmons and James Wilby. Dornan
played the lead role of Joe in the story of a young loner who changes the lives
of one family by helping them rediscover their roots. In 2013, he completed the
Belgium film Racing Hearts, alongside Anthony Head and Max Pirkis, which was
released across Europe in 2014.
In 2016, Dornan was seen in The 9th Life of Louis Drax, which also starred Aaron
Paul and Sarah Gadon, which followed the story of a psychologist, Dr. Allan
Pascal (Dornan), who begins working with a young boy who has suffered a
near-fatal fall and finds himself drawn into a mystery that tests the boundaries
of fantasy and reality. That same year, he starred as Pat Quinlan in Parallel
Films' The Siege of Jadotville, a military-based story about the 1961 siege of
150 Irish United Nations troops in the Congo. Other recent film credits include
Anthropoid, which also starred Cillian Murphy, and the upcoming Untogether,
which also stars Lola Kirke and Alice Eve.
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