James Dornan is a Northern Irish actor, model, and musician. He played Axel von Fersen in Sofia Coppola's film Marie Antoinette, Sheriff Graham Humbert in the ABC series Once Upon a Time and serial killer Paul Spector in the BBC Two crime drama series The Fall. He is set to portray the titular character of Christian Grey in the feature film adaptation of the best-selling novel Fifty Shades of Grey.
Jamie Dornan, who grew up in the suburbs of Belfast, Northern Ireland, and has two older sisters, is the son of an obstetrician father who had also considered becoming an actor, Professor Jim Dornan. Jamie Dornan is a first cousin, twice removed, of actress Greer Garson. His grandparents on both sides of his family were Methodist lay preachers. Dornan was 16 when his mother died.
He attended and boarded at Methodist College in Belfast, where he played rugby union and participated in the drama department. He attended Teesside University, but dropped out and moved to London to train as an actor.
Dornan performed in the folk band Sons of Jim, until it disbanded in 2008. Sons of Jim supported Scottish singer-songwriter KT Tunstall on tour.
In 2006, Dornan appeared in the Sofia Coppola film Marie Antoinette. He has modelled for Calvin Klein (with both Kate Moss and Eva Mendes), Dior, Aquascutum and Armani, among other brands. Dornan appeared in the drama film Shadows in the Sun in 2009, which starred three-time Academy Award nominee Jean Simmons. In 2008, he played the lead role of Ed in the Hammer Horror production Beyond the Rave.
In 2011, Dornan appeared in eight episodes of the ABC television series Once Upon a Time, playing the role of Sheriff Graham. While Graham from Storybrooke was killed by the town's mayor Regina (The Evil Queen) in the episode "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter", Dornan stated that he would return as the Huntsman from the Enchanted Forest at some point and he remained a regular on the series. He returned as The Huntsman for the season finale episode, "A Land Without Magic".
Dornan stars alongside Gillian Anderson in the Northern Irish drama series The Fall, playing Paul Spector, a serial killer terrorising Belfast. In May 2013, the show was renewed for a second series halfway through the broadcast of series one.
On 23 October 2013, Dornan was cast as Christian Grey in the upcoming film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey, replacing Charlie Hunnam. Initially announced to be released on August 1, 2014, the film was later rescheduled to February 13, 2015. On August 27, 2014, it was announced that Jamie Dornan would play Dr. Allan Pascal in an upcoming Miramax film titled The 9th Life of Louis Drax, a supernatural thriller based on a book of the same name.
Dornan had a relationship with actress Keira Knightley from 2003 to 2005. He married English actress and singer-songwriter Amelia Warner in a country house in Somerset on 27 April 2013. In June 2013, the couple confirmed they were expecting their first child, and Warner gave birth to a girl in late November 2013.