Jamie Dornan haunts my dreams.
And no, it’s not what you’re thinking. It has nothing to do with Fifty Shades of Grey, I swear. Rather it’s because of his performance in the series The Fall opposite Gillian Anderson (Scully 4eva!). In it he plays Paul Spector, a very, very twisted serial killer who Anderson’s character is trying to catch in Northern Ireland. I was so disturbed by the scenes where he’d stalk his victims and wait for them in their own homes before pouncing that I had nightmares for weeks.
While no one can deny that Dornan is excellent in The Fall (which earned him several British award nominations), I wish that the first role I ever saw Dornan in — as the Huntsman (from the Snow White fairy tale) / Sheriff Humbert in the series Once Upon a Time — was the one that stayed with me instead of his turn as a psychopath, but what can you do.
When I heard he’d been cast as Christian Grey in the adaptations of the controversial and bestselling Fifty Shades trilogy, I thought he was a great pick. Not only because of his good looks, but also because in The Fall he’d clearly proven that he could play an obsessive and possessive guy reallllly well. And that description certainly fits Christian Grey.
Today Jamie celebrates his 36th birthday, and I think that moving forward he’ll be known to the general public for a lot more than just “that guy from Fifty Shades.” He’s made some strategic career moves even before the trilogy wrapped up, the most notable being the role of soldier Jan Kubiš in Anthropoid, the amazing and history-changing true story of the Czech paratroopers charged with assassinating the main architect of the Holocaust, Reinhard Heydrich.
Coming up it looks like we’ll be seeing Dornan again on both the big and small screens. He’ll star alongside Game of Thrones’ Peter Dinklage in the HBO movie My Dinner with Hervé about the last days of actor Hervé Villechaize’s life. (Villechaize is best known for playing Tattoo on the popular ‘70s-‘80s TV series The Love Boat.)
Dornan also has a starring role in the indie Untogether, which premiered last week at the Tribeca Film Festival, on top of playing the title character’s half-brother in the upcoming Robin Hood, out in November. (Taron Egerton plays Robin Hood and Jamie Foxx plays Little John and I seriously cannot wait for this movie.)
All of us at Redbox are wishing you a happy birthday today, Jamie!