Jamie Dornan introduces the Tayto sambo to Jimmy Kimmel

Jamie Dornan
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One of the best parts about travelling abroad is trying new food and delicacies wherever you go. It seems the staff working on American chat show, Jimmy Kimmel were in for a treat this week as Irish star, Jamie Dornan showed off one of our signature dishes.

The dish in question? A Tayto sambo of course! The star was on the show to promote his latest film, Belfast, which has been nominated for multiple Oscars.

To celebrate St Patrick’s Day, later this month they made what Jamie called a ‘Tayto Smashie.’

Demonstrating how to make one of Ireland’s most popular snacks, complete with bags of actual Tayto, he fully converted Jimmy;”I thought it was going to be good, it’s about six times more delicious than I imagined it would be.”

Recently the star opened up about his role in Kenneth Branaghs new film, and how it mirrored some of his real life experiences of The Troubles while he was growing up. Speaking to British Vogue, Jamie recalled the realities of what life was like while he was living in Belfast and how parenthood made him realise it was far from “normal.”

“If you’re born there, and you’re raised there, you’re very cognisant of the fact that you are from a very complicated place. From the day I was born, until the day I left, people pretty much were fighting a civil war.”

“I always think back to stuff that became normal, that was not normal. Like trying to meet your mates on Saturday afternoons in town and there’d been a bomb scare. Now, I have kids… F**k me. The idea of them checking under their cars for bombs in their driveways… That was normal. You can’t even fathom it now.”


The film’s director Kenneth Branagh has revealed the story is loosely based on his own childhood in the city.Kenneth told Vanity Fair that he remembers the troubles in Northern Ireland growing up, “It’s something I’ve been trying to understand, as I grow older, that it was a moment when the world tried to insist that you put away childish things, and demanded that you are dragged into this perilous adulthood.”

Speaking to film students at the QFT in. 2020 during the Belfast Media Festival Branagh said, “It’s a very personal film, set partly in Belfast and partly elsewhere, partly set in the past and partly set in the present.

“I hope that there is humour and I hope that it’s emotional. It’s a look at a people and a place in tumult through the eyes of a nine-year old movie-mad kid.

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