Jamie Dornan has had an acting career that has spanned almost a decade, but it was 2015 that was to be his major breakthrough year. Like James, Dornan was best known for his role as Paul Spector in TV series The Fall but he took on the role of Christian Grey for the first time, as Fifty Shades of Grey was adapted for the big screen.
Fifty Shades of Grey was one of the most talked about and anticipated films of early 2015 and it was to be the biggest film role of Dornan's career to date. Not only did his help establish him as a film actor, but it also turned him into something of a sex symbol. Fifty Shades of Grey made stars of Dornan and leading lady Dakota Johnson, who took on the role of Anastasia Steele.
The movie is based on the novel by E.L. James and was adapted for the big screen by Kelly Marcel - who wrote the script for the fantastic Saving Mr Banks. The movie marked the return of Sam Taylor-Johnson to the director's chair for her first feature since she made her debut with Nowhere Boy.
Fifty Shades of Grey may not have been a critical hit, but fans of the book flocked to see the film and it grossed over $570 million at the worldwide box office. Dornan is set to reprise the role of Grey in the next two films in the series.
As well as starring in Fifty Shades of Grey this year, Dornan returned to the role of Paul Spector as the second series of The Fall came to the small screen. He also starred in The 9th Life of Louis Drax. And we are going to be seeing plenty of him on the big screen next year as he has already finished work on Jadotville and Anthropoid.
Jack Savoretti:Yes, I was introduced to him through his wife Millie [actress and musician Amelia Warner], who is my sister Beatrice's friend. I met my wife Jemma at Millie's birthday party 10 years ago as they were in the movie Alpha Male together. Then Millie married Jamie, so we're close and his life has taken a crazy curve ball. He deserves his success. He's one of the hardest-working guys in show business.
Have you seen Fifty Shades of Grey?
Jack Savoretti:Not yet. I'm a huge fan of Jamie's and I think he's incredible in The Fall. I haven't got caught up in the Fifty Shades thing, but I want to see it, although it'll be a bit awkward. I don't know how kinky I want to watch him get!
How will you be seeing in the New Year?
Jack Savoretti: We'll still be with my dad. We spent last New Year with Jamie and Millie in a rented house in Devon. I used to get melancholy on New Year's Eve, but now that things are taking a turn for the up, I get really excited because I'm like: "What can I achieve this year?"
It was always going to happen - the year in which Christian Grey's kinky sex games arrived on the big screen in Fifty Shades of Grey , the man who played him takes the prize. That's despite a dodgy hipster beard throughout the whole year.
Runner-up David Beckham will have to make do with People 's Sexiest Man Alive this year, while we're surprised to see Zayn Malik at the bottom of the pile.
RedHanded Magazine: Hi Ellie! Before we chat about the new album... 50 Shades of Grey. You wrote Love Me Like You Do for the soundtrack. Jamie Dornan who played Christian Grey is pretty fit isn't he? Would you like to explore his darker side?
Ellie Goulding: "HA! He's just a lovely dude and a lovely guy. I met him on The Graham Norton Show. I mean like, he's very aesthetically pleasing, it can't be denied. Some people have just got it haven't they? I think he's got it."
Jamie Dornan’s performance as the entrepreneur whose tastes are very…singular helped make Fifty Shades of Grey one of the highest-grossing R-rated films of all time, and reportedly caused a rise in the sales of bondage toys around Valentine’s Day. In June, author E.L. James released Grey, a Shades spinoff told entirely from Christian’s perspective; it became an instant bestseller.
Jamie Dornan shot to instant fame when it was announced last year that he would be starring in Fifty Shades of Grey as the mysterious and sultry Christian Grey. But even he admitted he wasn’t taking too well to his heart throb status. The 33-year-old English actor says he avoids Twitter, but we think he should probably get used to fame.
He’s currently starring in the BBC series The Fall, and has signed on to do two more Fifty Shades movies: Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed.