“Fifty Shades Darker” star Jamie Dornan may be getting ready to steam up the big screen in the sexy sequel to “Fifty Shades of Grey”, but it’s his role as a family man-turned-serial killer in “The Fall” the Irish actor would like to keep playing.
“‘The Fall’ has been very good to me and given the opportunity, I’d play that character for the rest of my life,” Dornan says in a new interview with an accompanying photo spread in L’Uomo Vogue. The acclaimed BBC series, which just began its third season in the UK, sees Dornan play serial killer in a cat-and-mouse game with a seasoned investigator played by Gillian Anderson. “It’s kind of awkward to say, as he’s such a horrible person but I do care for him and inhabiting his very sick mind for some reason.”
Though the dark BBC series shows a seedier side of Belfast, the 34-year-old Dornan has nothing but peaceful memories of his upbringing in Northern Ireland.
“I had a really f***ing lovely, very middle class sort of serene upbringing despite the madness that was happening in our country at the time,” he says. “I wouldn’t have changed any aspect of my childhood. I mean, I lost my mother when I was 16 so of course I would change that, but you know in terms of my actual childhood, people are amazing back home.”
“I did a lot of acting in school and did amateur dramatics back in Ireland,” Dornan recalls of his time on stage. “It always intrigued me, I always enjoyed doing it, but then saying ‘I want that to pay the mortgage’ is a very different thing.”
Now the actor splits his time between his homes in West London and in his country house in the Cotswolds, with his wife, Amelia Warner, and their two children.
“I find London quite stressful to raise my kids,” he says of why the family splits their time between two homes. “We like to be able to leave our door open and let our three-year-old run in the garden and muck around and express herself.”