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Jamie Dornan is the Northern Irish actor who portrays the Huntsman and Sheriff Graham on ABC's Once Upon a Time.


James "Jamie" Dornan was born on May 1, 1982[2] in the town of Holywood of County Down, Northern Ireland as the youngest child out of his two elder sisters, Liesa and Jessica.[3] His father, Professor Jim Dornan, is a doctor and the former senior vice president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Jamie's mother, Lorna,[3] passed away from inoperable pancreatic cancer when he was just sixteen years old.[4] In later life, his father remarried in 2002 to obstetrician and gynaecologist Samina.[3]

Following the grim outcome of losing a parent, Jamie attended boarding school at Methodist College Belfast. One of his strong subjects was drama and was productions of Blood Brothers and Bugsy Malone. His extracurricular passion was rugby pitch; acting as winger for the Belfast Harlequins. While at Methoidst College Belfast, he met school friend David Alexander. From their similar tastes in music, they formed the folk singing band Sons of Jim,[5] and once supported Scottish singer KT Tunstall on tour. The group disbanded in 2008.[6]

Later, Jamie dropped out of the University of Teesside to focus on rugby, but when that didn't work out, he moved to London in 2002[4] with the intention of enrolling in drama school. However, drinking problems spurred him from it; along with a miserable six-month stint working in a Knightsbridge pub. Previously, Jamie was approached by a modelling agency in Belfast, and decided to take up on the offer and signed with Select Model Management.[4] In the modelling industry, he posted for Hugo Boss,[4] Dior Homme, Giorgio Armani, Calvin Klein and often paired up with big name female models Kate Moss, Lara Stone and Gisele Bündchen and actress Eva Mendes.[4] In 2012, he gave it up to enter into the acting business.[1]

His first movie role was in Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette as an alleged love interest of the queen, portrayed by Kirsten Dunst. In film, he portrayed the lead role of Ed in the 2008 Hammer Horror production Beyond the Rave. In 2009's Shadows in the Sun, which starred three-time Academy Award nominee Jean Simmons. Following his departure from ABC's Once Upon a Time, Jamie was cast in Northern Irish crime drama The Fall as Paul Spector, a man leading a double life as a family oriented father and calculating female serial killer, opposite The X-Files alumni Gillian Anderson as sleuthing detective Stella Gibson.

In 2013, Jamie was cast Christian Grey in the much anticipated film adaptation of the romance novel of the same name, Fifty Shades of Grey.[7]

Jamie married English actress and singer Amelia Warner on April 27, 2013 in Somerset. They welcomed their first child, a girl, in late November 2013.[8] The couple welcomed their second daughter in February 2016.[9]


  • The Oscar-winning 1940s actress Greer Garson is his paternal grand aunt.[4]


Note: "Archive" denotes archive footage.

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