Sunday 21 October 2018

Jamie Dornan on losing his mother at 16: 'You are never over it'

Actor Jamie Dornan attends the 'Fifty Shades of Grey' premiere during the 65th Berlinale International Film Festival at Zoo Palast on February 11, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Target Presse Agentur Gmbh/Getty Images)
Actor Jamie Dornan attends the 'Fifty Shades of Grey' premiere during the 65th Berlinale International Film Festival at Zoo Palast on February 11, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Target Presse Agentur Gmbh/Getty Images)
Actor Jamie Dornan (L) poses with his wife Amelia Warner as they arrive to attend 'Fifty Shades Freed - 50 Nuances Plus Claires' Premiere at Salle Pleyel in Paris on February 6, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / PATRICK KOVARIKPATRICK KOVARIK/AFP/Getty Images
Jamie Dornan attends "Fifty Shades Freed - 50 Nuances Plus Claires" Premiere at Salle Pleyel on February 6, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Actor Jamie Dornan (L) and actress Dakota Johnson pose as they arrive to attend 'Fifty Shades Freed - 50 Nuances Plus Claires' Premiere at Salle Pleyel in Paris on February 6, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / PATRICK KOVARIKPATRICK KOVARIK/AFP/Getty Images
Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson attend "Fifty Shades Freed - 50 Nuances Plus Claires" Premiere at Salle Pleyel on February 6, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Actors Jamie Dornan (L) and Amelia Warner attend the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Jamie Dornan and his wife Amelia Warner were at the awards. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Jamie Dornan and his wife Amelia Warner attend "Fifty Shades Freed - 50 Nuances Plus Claires" Premiere at Salle Pleyel on February 6, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Actor Jamie Dornan (L) and actress Dakota Johnson pose as they arrive to attend 'Fifty Shades Freed - 50 Nuances Plus Claires' Premiere at Salle Pleyel in Paris on February 6, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / PATRICK KOVARIKPATRICK KOVARIK/AFP/Getty Images
Actor Jamie Dornan poses as he arrives to attend 'Fifty Shades Freed - 50 Nuances Plus Claires' Premiere at Salle Pleyel in Paris on February 6, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / PATRICK KOVARIKPATRICK KOVARIK/AFP/Getty Images
Actor Jamie Dornan (L) poses with his wife Amelia Warner as they arrive to attend 'Fifty Shades Freed - 50 Nuances Plus Claires' Premiere at Salle Pleyel in Paris on February 6, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / PATRICK KOVARIKPATRICK KOVARIK/AFP/Getty Images
Northern Irish actor Jamie Dornan (L)and his wife English actress Amelia Warner pose on the red carpet upon arrival at the UK premiere of Fifty Shades Darker in London
Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson at the Fifty Shades Freed premiere in Paris (Francois MorI/PA)
Dakota Johnson attends "Fifty Shades Freed - 50 Nuances Plus Claires" Premiere at Salle Pleyel on February 6, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Actress Dakota Johnson poses as she arrives to attend 'Fifty Shades Freed - 50 Nuances Plus Claires' Premiere at Salle Pleyel in Paris on February 6, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / PATRICK KOVARIKPATRICK KOVARIK/AFP/Getty Images
Rita Ora attends "Fifty Shades Freed - 50 Nuances Plus Claires" Premiere at Salle Pleyel on February 6, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Jamie Dornan and his wife Amelia Warner with their baby
Liam Payne and Rita Ora attend "Fifty Shades Freed - 50 Nuances Plus Claires" Premiere at Salle Pleyel on February 6, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Rita Ora poses as she arrives to attend 'Fifty Shades Freed - 50 Nuances Plus Claires' Premiere at Salle Pleyel in Paris on February 6, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / PATRICK KOVARIKPATRICK KOVARIK/AFP/Getty Images
Actress Dakota Johnson poses as she arrives to attend 'Fifty Shades Freed - 50 Nuances Plus Claires' Premiere at Salle Pleyel in Paris on February 6, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / PATRICK KOVARIKPATRICK KOVARIK/AFP/Getty Images
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Jamie Dornan has opened up about his mother's death as a teenager, saying it can still "smack me round the face."

The 35-year-old Irish actor said that having two children - Dulcie and Phoebe - with his wife of four years, actress Amelia Warner, has given him new perspective, adding he will "never be over it". His mother Lorna died of pancreatic cancer when he was 16..

Actor Jamie Dornan (L) poses with his wife Amelia Warner as they arrive to attend 'Fifty Shades Freed - 50 Nuances Plus Claires' Premiere at Salle Pleyel in Paris on February 6, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / PATRICK KOVARIKPATRICK KOVARIK/AFP/Getty Images
Actor Jamie Dornan (L) poses with his wife Amelia Warner as they arrive to attend 'Fifty Shades Freed - 50 Nuances Plus Claires' Premiere at Salle Pleyel in Paris on February 6, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / PATRICK KOVARIKPATRICK KOVARIK/AFP/Getty Images

"I think having two kids has an impact on that. So I think the impact it had on me is forever evolving and now watching my wife be a mother and both my sisters being mothers, and seeing the role a mother plays in young lives and then realising that, you know, I didn't have that for a section of my youth," he told Eamonn Mallie on UTV in an episode to be aired tonight.

"It was a horrendous time in my life and you are never over it."

Despite starring in one of the world's biggest film franchises, Dornan is famously private and protective over his personal life, only recently revealing the name of his second daughter, who was born in 2016. He spoke uncharacteristically openly about his relationship with his wife, whom he met at a party in 2010 and said the moment changed everything for him, both personally and professionally as he intended to move past his lucrative modelling career into acting.

"I knew the night I met her that I was going to marry her so I thought I just have to get a bit serious here and being serious to me wasn't to continue modelling," he says.

Fifty Shades of Grey actor Jamie Dornan takes a stroll with his wife Amelia Warner in 2014
Fifty Shades of Grey actor Jamie Dornan takes a stroll with his wife Amelia Warner in 2014

And unsurprisingly, his wife as never watched his portrayal of Christian Grey, the billionaire businessman with a penchant for BDSM opposite Dakota Johnson in the Fifty Shades trilogy, a role that he never expected to catapult him to the levels of superstardom he now enjoys.

"I had an idea that it was going to make a splash, but I guess the biggest thing in my head at that moment was that Millie was 36 weeks' pregnant when I got that part, so actually all I was really thinking about was the health and welfare of my wife and the baby inside her," he added.

"I just don't know why you'd want to watch your husband simulate sex with someone else for, you know, 40 minutes out of an hour-and-a-half movie."

The couple made a rare public appearance on Tuesday night, arriving arm in arm at the world premiere of Fifty Shades Freed in Paris, with Dornan wearing a crushed velvet suit by Tods, while his wife opting for an asymmetric midnight blue gown.

Actors Jamie Dornan (L) and Amelia Warner attend the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Actors Jamie Dornan (L) and Amelia Warner attend the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Earlier this week, the Down native said he was getting "too old" for the role, telling ITV's Lorraine: "Yeah I think so, there’s no other books. We’ve done the three... Unless Erica writes more... I know I’m getting too old for this."

"I think I like him more now than I did in the first movie. I think he's gone through quite a big change in his...in his way and how his is with people and he's opened up a lot by Anna and I think he's just a better version of himself."

Jamie Dornan and Amelia Warner at the the 2013 IFTA Awards
Jamie Dornan and Amelia Warner at the the 2013 IFTA Awards

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