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Who is Jamie Dornan? Your guide to the new Christian Grey

Who is Jamie Dornan and how did he land the elusive role of Christian Grey in 'Fifty Shades of Grey'?

Jamie Dornan, Fifty Shades of Grey Jamie Dornan stars in "Once Upon A Time."
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Wait, Jamie who?

Dornan.

Oh, from "Game of Thrones"?

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No, from “Once Upon a Time,” that TV series with fairy tale characters. He played the Hunstman in the Enchanted Forrest and Sheriff Graham in Storybrooke, the show’s alternative universe.

Where else have I seen him?

Possibly “Marie Antoinette,” if you were one of the six people who saw that. Or from magazine ads: He was a Calvin Klein model and the face (and body) of Dior Homme. But British audiences know the 31-year-old as the serial killer on “The Fall,” a hit BBC series starring Gillian Anderson. And gossip fans know him as Keira Knightley’s ex. They dated for two years.

So how’d he get cast as Christian Grey?

He has abs. He has experience (sexing up the lady mayor on “Once”). And he probably came cheap. “Sons of Anarchy” star Charlie Hunnam, who has a higher profile, was reportedly to be paid only $125,000 before he dropped out. Expect Dornan to get that or less.

Word is he’s Northern Irish. Does he have a sexy accent?

A bit.

So is he single?

Alas, no. He’s married to singer Amelia Warner, who records under the name Slow Moving Millie. They’re expecting a child soon.

And does Twitter approve?

It's early. Fans are probably still busy Google Image-searching his name to form an opinion. But the popular @BieberSuperArmy account was among the first to weigh in with: "This will be Christian Grey, his name is Jamie Dornan, let's take a moment to thank God."

 
 
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