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Jamie Dornan will have pick of roles after 50 Shades - Daniel Radcliffe

By Lynne Kelleher

Published 18/08/2014 | 08:26

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Dornan with his ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ co-star Dakota Johnson
Dornan with his ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ co-star Dakota Johnson
Daniel Radcliffe
Daniel Radcliffe

Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe has predicted that 50 Shades of Grey's Jamie Dornan will have the pick of roles after landing the major gig.

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Radcliffe said that landing the role of billionaire Christian Grey will give the Belfast actor the freedom to choose future projects.

Both actors have played the lead characters in two of the best-selling book series of all time, with each shifting hundreds of million of copies worldwide.

Radcliffe said he does not believe being associated with such an iconic character as Grey will hinder The Fall star Dornan (32).

"I think it's an amazing opportunity to get your work seen by loads of people," he said. "I consider myself lucky that I've already done a huge film franchise.

"Jamie will be able to have control over his career and pick his scripts, which is a position that only a tiny percentage of actors are in.

"Any actor growing up who gets a chance to do something that will take control of their career would be foolish not to take it. I don't think it will hinder him."

Former Calvin Klein model Dornan is now reportedly being targeted by director Guy Ritchie for the lead in his King Arthur series.

However, his first movie after 50 Shades will see him in the leading role in home-grown film, The Siege of Jadotville.

Radcliffe (25), who was visiting Dublin, caught up with pals from the 2012 Dubin All-Ireland-winning minor football team.

He was in town for the Irish premiere of his new film, What If, when he was reunited with the players.

And it looks like he formed a bond with the boys in blue when he met up with them over the weekend and they presented him with a personalised Dublin GAA jersey.

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