50 Shades of Sheriff Graham
Little-known actor James Dornan won the role of the Huntsman / Sheriff Graham. Dornan was born in Hollywood, just not the one you had in mind: Holywood, County Down, Northern Ireland. Jamie grew up in the suburbs of Belfast. His father is a renowned obstetrician and gynecologist and his mother died when he was 16. Dornan also had four friends die in a tragic car crash as a teen. He overcame his early struggles and studied acting. However, Dornan quickly became a model. His success included being the face of Calvin Klein as well as modelling for Armani.
Dornan had a chip on his shoulder because he said that in the UK, nobody respected models. “In LA, they don’t think that because you leant against walls and looked depressed while someone took your photograph, it means you can’t act.”
Dornan didn’t win many roles until he went up for Once Upon a Time. The show initially hoped to have Dornan as the Sheriff of Nottingham, but they did not take on that particular tale of Robin Hood until later on in the show.
While solid, there was nothing about Dornan that was particularly spectacular on Once, except his looks. After his character was killed off, Dornan read for a minor role of a policeman for a new serial killer show in the UK. Surprisingly, Dornan was called back and asked to read for the lead role of serial killer Paul Spector. To everyone’s shock, he won the role and great acclaim as an actor.
Dornan’s Dirty Secret
Both Dornan and his wife dated big movie stars. Dornan met and dated Kiera Knightly for two years. His current wife, Amelia Warner, is an actress who was married to Colin Ferrell. There’s been trouble brewing in the relationship ever since Dornan took the role of Christian Gray in the fan-fiction-come-to-life known as 50 Shades of Gray. For two years the tabloids have had a field day with rumors of infidelity between Dornan and co-star Dakota Johnson. The heat has been so intense that Dornan has repeatedly blasted the media for their speculation.
The dirty secret is not that the two are having an affair. Privately, Johnson and Dornan can’t stand each other, which may explain their lack of chemistry in the first film. The promotional interviews that feature Johnson and Dornan are exercises in awkwardness, and no one can even imagine how these two managed to get naked and film bondage scenes.
Johnson described having on screen sex with Dornan as “a task.” Meanwhile, when Dornan was asked if the two had good chemistry, he replied: “Well I presumed we did, because they put us together.” Ok.
As for Dornan’s time in fairy tale land, it isn’t quite done with him yet. Dornan had one tie to Disney when he joined the show – his sister works for Disney in London. And Dornan has now been cast in a gritty version of Robin Hood for the big screen, reportedly taking on the role of Will Scarlet.
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