Jamie Dornan ‘sensitive’ to seeing Irish stereotypes on screen

Jamie Dornan is ‘sensitive’ to seeing Irish stereotypes on screen credit:Bang Showbiz
Jamie Dornan is ‘sensitive’ to seeing Irish stereotypes on screen credit:Bang Showbiz

Jamie Dornan is “sensitive” to seeing Irish stereotypes on screen.

The Northern Irish-born ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ actor will return to TV in the New Year when the second series of the BBC’s ‘The Tourist’ airs, and added he’s planning to do as much of his future acting work in his homeland as he feels on the same “wavelength” as workers there.

He told the new issue of Radio Times magazine about Irish people being represented as stereotypes in TV and film: “I’m very sensitive to all that… I love working with Irish crews because you know everyone’s on the same wavelength.

“You do your best work when you feel comfortable in the environment, and you feel safe to put on a silly voice or do a silly dance or whatever it is that’s been asked of you on any given day. It’s in that space that good things happen.

“So, I am sort of making it a bit of a goal in my career, as long as I have a career, to tell stories from home.”

He added about working back in Northern Ireland, where the film business has been booming thanks to shows such as Game of Thrones filming here: “It’s somewhere I really like to be.

“Even though I’ve been in England 22 years now and there’s a strong version of home here with my wife and my three kids, I don’t think I’ll ever get away from calling Ireland home, particularly the north of Ireland.”

Jamie has been married to his composer wife Amelia Warner, 41, since 2013, and they have spent years living in the English countryside.

The actor also admitted he’s “intrigued” to see what a united Ireland “looks like”.

When asked if he is in favour of the concept, he said: “Jeepers! I’d be very intrigued to know what that looks like.

“The wrong language has been used for too long and they need to tell people how it would look for health and education and economically, and the actual everyday things of life, rather than the sentimentality of it, the flag in it, and all that bulls**t that’s been wrecking the place for many, many years.

“There’s more of a willingness to talk about it than there has been in my lifetime and I’m very open-minded to the idea of it.”