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Jamie's in demand after 50 Shades role

IT pays to be in one of the most hotly anticipated films of the decade and Jamie Dornan is fast learning exactly how much.

The Belfast actor, who in February 2015 will be watched by millions as his movie 50 Shades of Grey hits cinemas, has landed a string of lead roles since agreeing to portray bondage billionaire businessman Christian Grey.

And his latest part sees him back in a psychological thriller. The father-of-one has been confirmed for The 9th Life of Louis Drax, based on Liz Jensen's best-selling novel of the same title.

The story begins on Louis Drax's ninth birthday, when he suffers a near-fatal fall, and in order to reveal the strange circumstances surrounding the young boy's accident, Dr Allan Pascal - played by 32-year-old Jamie - is drawn into a thrilling mystery, testing the boundaries of fantasy and reality.

Filming for the flick, a UK/Canadian co-production, will start in October in Vancouver.

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With the steamy 50 Shades of Grey due out on Valentines Day next year, Jamie has taken great care to look at a variety of different projects, no doubt in an effort not to be typecast as a Hollywood heartthrob.

In addition to starring in the second season of RTE/BBC psychological hit The Fall with Gillian Anderson, he has lined-up the main part in The Siege of Jadotville, about the siege of 150 UN Irish troops led by Commandant Pat Quinlan in the Congo in 1961, after the Pro-western leader Moise Tshombe took control of the Katanga region and killed the Congolese leader Patrice Lumumba.

Fans will see the IFTA winner play Commandant Quinlan, who led the UN battalion as they held out against a force of 3,000 local troops led by French and Belgian mercenaries working for mining companies.

And on top of that, Jamie bagged a part in Adam Jones, a new blockbuster about a Michelin star chef.

He will appear opposite Academy Award nominee Bradley Cooper, as well as fellow Irish actor Sam Keeley and Sienna Miller.

Jamie's career on screen has soared in recent years. Early in 2014 he won critical acclaim for his portrayal of serial killer Paul Spector in dark drama The Fall.

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