Monday 17 December 2018

Fifty shades star ‘kept awake’ by Brexit fears

Jamie Dornan cannot envisage a positive Brexit outcome for NI.

Fifty Shades actor Jamie Dornan interviewed by broadcaster Eamonn Mallie (Press Eye/Darren Kidd/PA)
Fifty Shades actor Jamie Dornan interviewed by broadcaster Eamonn Mallie (Press Eye/Darren Kidd/PA)

By Michael McHugh, Press Association

Fifty Shades Of Grey star Jamie Dornan has said the implications of Brexit keep him awake at night.

The Bafta-nominated actor from Northern Ireland could not envisage a positive outcome for the country.

Dornan, 35, disclosed his fears for the future during a lengthy interview with broadcaster Eamonn Mallie, to be screened on UTV this Wednesday.

He said: “I am kept awake at night for what it means for this country, I can’t really see a sort of sound solution, some of the people who have a say in it over here break my heart a little bit.

“I think this is the last thing that this country needs at the moment, and I just don’t see how there’s a positive outcome for Northern Ireland in the matter.”

Northern Ireland’s position post-separation has been the subject of intensive negotiations as part of the Brexit talks in Brussels.

Dornan added: “There’s lots of different very interesting options on the table, and I think they should all be seriously considered – but who knows where we will end up.”

The latest part in the film adaptations of the Fifty Shades books is released this month.

He played Christian Grey in the franchise of EL James’s erotic novels and still receives attention when he comes home to Northern Ireland.

He said: “You are in the public eye and you are from here and you have gone away and done whatever and you are recognisable, people feel that they have a sort of, an ownership of you almost here.”

If he was recognised in a New York pub, people were more polite, he added.

He said: “In Belfast you’re in a headlock before you know it, someone’s just grabbed you, they’re taking a picture without asking you and once they finally release you from a headlock then it’s like they invariably know someone, it’s like two degrees of separation here as opposed to six.”

Dornan also said that he feels Irish and holds neither the Catholic nor Protestant religion.

“I just feel Irish, a lot of that’s down to so many different reasons, mostly geography, that we are an island separate from the UK, so how could you, why would you feel more connected to that other piece of land than you do to the piece of land that you are living on?”

He is a big rugby fan, following Ireland internationals enthusiastically.

“I have had my whole life either being in Lansdowne Road in Dublin (where Ireland play) or watching it on TV or watching it in pubs all over the world just screaming ‘go on Ireland, come on Ireland’ and how could I not call myself Irish?”

Dornan has also had a starring role in BBC drama series The Fall as serial killer Paul Spector.

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