Jamie Dornan calls 2021 ‘the worst year’ of his life as the actor reflects on the loss of his father


Jamie Dornan calls 2021 ‘the worst year’ of his life as the actor reflects on the loss of his father and his controversial role in Fifty Shades Of Grey


Jamie Dornan has opened up about how the loss of his father has made 2021 ‘the worst year’ of his life.

In an interview with The Telegraph, the 39-year-old actor revealed that despite receiving much praise for his latest film projects, Belfast and The Tourist, his father Jim Dornan’s passing from COVID has taken a great toll on him. 

‘It’s a strange thing to end the year with all this positivity…because on many levels it’s been the worst year of my life, and the hardest,’ the Irish leading man explained.

Tough year: In an interview with The Telegraph, Jamie Dornan, 39, revealed how the loss of his father has made 2021 ‘the worst year’ of his life; Pictured Nov 13, 2021 in Los Angeles

Dornan – who lost his father in March of 2021 – revealed that the family still hasn’t held a funeral. 

The actor, who was very close to his father, spoke about how he hadn’t seen his dad for 18 months before his passing because of lockdown measures as well as his filming schedule.

He was also devastated by the fact that Jim, whom he called a ‘beacon of positivity’,  would never get a chance to see his latest movie, Belfast.

Dad's influence: The actor is devastated that his dad will never get a chance to see his latest movie, Belfast, where he plays the role of Pa - a character greatly influenced by his father

Dad’s influence: The actor is devastated that his dad will never get a chance to see his latest movie, Belfast, where he plays the role of Pa – a character greatly influenced by his father

The film, which takes place in the 1960s, follows the life of a working class Irish family and their young son’s childhood.

Dornan plays the role of Pa – a character he says was greatly influenced by his father, and infused with his personality.

The star also reflected on his role as rich BDSM enthusiast Christian Grey – in Fifty Shades of Grey and the following sequels – and how he’s handled the bad press and teasing that followed him after.

No regrets: Dornan also spoke about playing Christian Grey, in Fifty Shades of Grey and the following sequels, saying he doesn't mind getting frequently teased for taking the role

No regrets: Dornan also spoke about playing Christian Grey, in Fifty Shades of Grey and the following sequels, saying he doesn’t mind getting frequently teased for taking the role

He revealed that despite getting frequently teased for taking the role, he doesn’t mind the jokes thanks to his thick skin, which he developed while growing up in Belfast. 

‘I’m from a place where taking the mickey out of each other is our common currency. It’s how we communicate – it’s how we show affection,’ the actor said.

He also joked that he didn’t understand why people would frequently ask him whether he was worried about being typecast after taking on the controversial role.

‘At the time, I was asked if I was scared of being typecast – as what? As a BDSM-loving billionaire? I think that’s a one-off. Nothing close to that has come my way again – I’ve barely worn a suit since,’ he said. 

Not worried: The star said he's not worried about being typecast, saying the role of Grey was 'a one-off' and adding, 'Nothing close to that has come my way again'

Not worried: The star said he’s not worried about being typecast, saying the role of Grey was ‘a one-off’ and adding, ‘Nothing close to that has come my way again’

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