Jamie Dornan broke down in tears during his emotional Desert Island Discs appearance, as he revealed the thing he would need to get him through would be the thought of his wife.
The Irish actor, 41, appeared on Lauren Laverne’s BBC Radio 4 show on Sunday – where he revealed the song he would fight through the waves to retrieve would be Forever by The Beach Boys.
In an touching tribute, Jamie admitted the song would be top of the list as it reminds him of his wife, musician Amelia Warner, who he shares three daughters with.
At the end of the interview, Lauren asked: ‘Which one track of the eight you have shared with us today would you rush to save from the waves?’
‘Forever by the Beach Boys,’ Jamie replied, before his voice cracked and he got choked up, adding: ‘The one thing I would really need to get me through is the thought of my wife and everything that she has given me and our family.’
Jamie Dornan broke down in tears during his Desert Island Discs appearance on Sunday, as he revealed the thing he would need to get him through is the thought of his wife Amelia (seen together in 2022)
The Irish actor, 41, appeared on Lauren Laverne ‘s BBC Radio 4 show on Sunday – when he revealed the song he would fight through the waves to retrieve would be Forever by The Beach Boys
Earlier in the show, Lauren spoke of how Jamie had been called up at last minute to play Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey, after the original actor pulled out.
However his wife Amelia, 41, was heavily pregnant at the time and his late father Professor Jim Dornan, a renowned Belfast obstetrician and gynaecologist, had to fly with them to Vancouver in case she went into labour.
‘I’m amazed that Millie didn’t just say no,’ he said. ‘Fair play to her what an unbelievable woman to hop on a private jet because we couldn’t fly commercially with my dad on it because if she went into labour in the sky there needed to be an obstetrician.
‘That’s in all seriousness. My dad had to come with us.’
Jamie went on to reveal that as they neared Canada, his father, who passed away in 2021 due to complications from Covid, decided to order a gin and tonic despite being ‘kind of at work’.
He said: ‘I’ll never forget we were somewhere over New York and my dad ordered a gin and tonic. I was like “I don’t know dad you’re kind of at work here if Millie goes into labour” and he said “Son she won’t be going into active labour for at least seven or eight hours by which time we’ll be in Vancouver and it will be handed over to someone else”.
‘It was unbelievable. Dulcie was born three days later and we started filming.’
Jamie left listeners reaching for their tissues following his appearance on the radio show, as he opened up about the death of his mother when he was just 16 years old.
In an touching tribute, Jamie admitted Forever by The Beach Boys would be top of the list as it reminds him of his wife, musician Amelia Warner (seen together in 2018)
Earlier in the show, Lauren spoke of how Jamie had been called up at last minute to play Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey (seen with Amelia at the premiere in 2017), after the original actor pulled out
Jamie’s late father Professor Jim Dornan (seen together in 2018 with Jamie’s sister Jessica), a renowned Belfast obstetrician and gynaecologist, had to fly with them to Vancouver when he got the part in case she went into labour
The actor, 41, fought back tears as he discussed his mother’s terminal cancer diagnosis, during the ’emotional’ interview.
Jamie admitted he suffers from guilt for struggling to remember details about his mother Lorna, who was diagnosed with cancer when he was 14.
The Tourist star, who lost his father Jim during the pandemic, admitted he was thankful to his dad for sharing the news of his illness during a frank chat.
He said: ‘I am sort of thankful it was told to me straight like that. It’s a funny thing. I sometimes feel guilty saying this, but there’s a lot I don’t remember about her. You are not expecting any of that to be taken away.’
Jamie confessed he felt grateful to his late father for insisting he would be able to lead a fulfilling, positive and happy life’, despite the loss of his mother.
He said: ‘My dad, I remember him saying ‘you can’t let this be the thing that defines us’ and I’m really grateful for those words.’
‘He was trying to say that you can live a fulfilled, positive and happy life still, now that doesn’t lessen the impact of losing mum or anything but I guess it was just dad giving us the okay to see happiness in our future.’
Around the same time, Jamie suffered several other tragic losses as four of his friends were killed in a car crash which left him feeling ‘shock and denial’.
Jamie left listeners reaching for their tissues following his appearance on Lauren Laverne ‘s BBC Radio 4 show, Desert Island Discs
Jamie pictured with his late mother and their family
Jamie admitted he suffers from guilt for struggling to remember details about his mother Lorna (pictured), who was diagnosed with cancer when he was 14
Discussing the time of his life, he said: ‘I drank a lot. I was probably depressed if I’m really honest with myself, and just clueless about what I wanted to do.
‘I remember my dad saying ‘you’ve just got to do something, I don’t care if you just go and play golf every day because at least it’s productive, at least you’re trying to get better at golf, you’re just doing nothing, and I can’t watch it’,’
Jamie was signed up for a television programme called Model Behaviour, which led to modelling campaigns with Calvin Klein and Dior.
His breakout role came in 2013 when he played serial killer Paul Spector in BBC drama The Fall opposite Gillian Anderson.
After listening to Jamie’s Desert Island Discs interview, many listeners took to X – formerly known as Twitter – so share their thoughts on his appearance.
Many urged other fans to ‘grab a hankie’ before listening, with one saying: ‘Jamie Dornan’s [episode] is as lovely and moving as you might expect.
‘And excellent music choices. Worth a listen. Grab a hankie tho.’
Another person said: ‘A fabulous interview with Jamie Dornan. So personal, emotional, emotional [heart emoji].’
After listening to Jamie’s Desert Island Discs interview, many listeners took to X – formerly known as Twitter – so share their thoughts on his appearance
His breakout role came in 2013 when he played serial killer Paul Spector in BBC drama The Fall opposite Gillian Anderson
Others added: ‘That was so moving today – Jamie Dornan and grief… the Waterboys Whole of the Moon go me [crying emoji].’
‘Jamie Dornan on DID is just perfect.’
‘Listened to Jamie Dornan’s DID this afternoon and found myself in tears as he talked about losing his mum at a young age. I suddenly began to reply the moment, 24 years ago, that mum told me she was very poorly and having treatment. I was 13, she was 31.’
‘One of the best and most human of interviews #DesertIslandDiscs Jamie Dornan – on life in Northern Ireland, grief and success. You’ll need tissues.
‘His obstetrician father, of whom he speaks, did work on leukaemia, pancreatic cancer and child mortality.’
‘Terrific Desert Island Discs with the lovely Jamie Dornan. Have a hankie ready.’