Jamie Dornan
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General Information
Gender: Male
Nicknames: Jamie
Birthday: May 1, 1982
Age: 38
Hometown: Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
Birthplace: Holywood, County Down, Northern Ireland
Other Information
Height: 5'10¾"
Occupation(s): Actor
Education: Methodist College Belfast
Talents: Acting
Family & Friends
Family: Liesa (sister)
Jessica (sister)
Lorna (mother)
Jim Dornan (father)
Greer Garson (first cousin [twice removed])
Dulcie Dornan (daughter)
Elva (daughter)
Friends: Hadley Freeman
Andrew Garfield
Eddie Redmayne
Relationships: Keira Knightley (ex-girlfriend)
Amelia Warner (wife)
Series Information
Character: Sheriff Graham Humbert / The Huntsman
First appearance: Pilot
Last appearance: Welcome to Storybrooke

James "Jamie" Dornan is an actor, model, and musician from Northern Ireland. He played Axel von Fersen in Sofia Coppola's film Marie Antoinette (2006), Sheriff Graham Humbert in the ABC series Once Upon a Time, serial killer Paul Spector in the BBC Two and RTÉ One crime drama series The Fall, and the eponymous character, Christian Grey, in the film Fifty Shades of Grey (2015).

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Early life

Dornan was born in Holywood, County Down, Northern Ireland, and grew up in the suburbs of Belfast. He has two older sisters: Liesa, who works for Disney in London, and Jessica, a fashion designer based in Falmouth, England. His father, Professor Jim Dornan, is an obstetrician and gynaecologist who had also considered becoming an actor. Dornan was 16 when his mother, Lorna, died from pancreatic cancer. Dornan is a first cousin, twice removed, of actress Greer Garson. His grandparents on both sides of his family were Methodist lay preachers.

He attended and boarded at Methodist College Belfast, 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.


Year Title Type Role
2006 Marie Antoinette Count Axel Fersen
2008 Beyond the Rave Video Ed
2009 Shadows in the Sun Joe
2009 X Returns Short X
2009 Nice to Meet You Short The Young Man
2011 - 2013 Once Upon a Time TV Series Sheriff Graham Humbert / The Huntsman
2013 - 2016 The Fall TV Series Paul Spector
2014 Flying Home Colin
2014 New Worlds TV Mini-Series Abe Goffe
2015 Fifty Shades of Grey Christian Grey
2016 Anthropoid Jan Kubis
2016 The Siege of Jadotville Pat Quinlan
2016 The 9th Life of Louis Drax Dr. Allan Pascal
2016 Children in Need: Fantastic Beasts Special TV Movie
2017 Fifty Shades Darker Christian Grey
2018 Fifty Shades Freed Christian Grey
2018 Untogether Nick
2018 A Private War Paul Conroy
2018 Robin Hood (completed) Will Scarlet
2018 My Dinner with Hervé (post-production) TV Movie Danny Tate
Death and Nightingales (filming) TV Mini-Series Liam Ward
2019 Synchronic Dennis
2019 Endings, Beginnings Jack
2020 Trolls World Tour (completed) Chaz (voice)
2020 Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar (post-production) Edgar
Wild Mountain Thyme (post-production) Anthony
Dr. Death (pre-production) TV Series Dr. Christopher Duntsch
Carmen (pre-production) Aidan


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


  • Was a Calvin Klein model.
  • Was the face of the 2007 campaign for men's cologne Dior Homme
  • Played a serious level of rugby in his native Northern Ireland
  • Is a huge Manchester United fan and is a season ticket holder
  • Resides in Notting Hill, London, England. Also owns and spends time at his cottage in The Cotswolds
  • Prefers to keep a beard and not shave at all. He had to be clean shaven for the role of Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)
  • Suffers from asthma
  • Was a member of folk band Sons of Jim from 2006 until 2008, when the group disbanded
  • Once shared an apartment with Eddie Redmayne
  • Has stated that in his free time that he enjoys golfing and reading
  • Had a 2-minute cameo in Burnt (2015) that didn't make it to the final cut, it was part of Sienna Miller's character's backstory. The scene was disapproved by the audience in test screenings and was removed from the movie
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