Considering Jamie Dornan took on the, shall we say dominant lead in the notorious Fifty Shades of Grey, you’d never guess that the County Down actor was hugely protective of his personal privacy from the media limelight. Speaking to Gold Derby, the actor who rarely posts to Twitter or Instagram, has confessed that he is “actively trying to avoid social media and stuff”, in an attempt to maintain a healthy and normal family life.
Consequently we know very little about Jamie’s family. So after much research, we here at VIP have uncovered all you need to know about the uber interesting people in Jamie’s life;
It would appear that Jamie’s not the only star in his house! Amelia, Jamie’s stunning, raven-haired wife is a talented actress and singer-songwriter. Amelia has starred in many period dramas including The Echo, The Other Side and Mansfield Park. We feel it’s also highly significant to note that Amelia took on the S&M film genre years before Jamie did. Being cast in Quills, an erotically charged film in which she plays the submissive, Mrs Dornan was first off the bat.
Also a popular singer who performs with the English band ‘Slow Moving Millie’, she released her first album in 2011 including a cover of The Smith’s ‘Please, Please, Please, Let me Get What I Want’ and the renowned single ‘Beasties’.
Clearly having a thing for Irish men, Amelia almost married Colin Farrell in November 2011. Almost!
“We had a ceremony on a beach in Tahiti that was by no means legal and we knew it wasn’t”.
Very much in love, Amelia met Jamie in 2012 and they got engaged by the end of the year. In November 2013 they welcomed their first child Dulcie, who Jamie describes as “dream stuff”. The adorable name, meaning sweet, is English with Latin roots.
Jamie’s father is an obstetrician and his step-mother a huge advocator of women’s rights. He is the youngest of three with two younger sisters. His grandparents on either side of the family are methodist preachers. Sadly, the actor’s mother died to pancreatic cancer when he was only 16.
Speaking about his son’s unconventional choice of career, Dr Jim Dornan said;
“It was a surprise when he did go down the line but we gave full encouragement to him because there has been a few people in our family that probably should have gone down that line, like my sister for example.
“The best part of the whole thing is the world now knows how to spell Dornan. I spent 40 years spelling it correctly to people!”