Jamie Dornan reminisces on leaving Belfast to pursue his career

By Nadia Breen

Jamie Dornan has reminisced on leaving Belfast before becoming a worldwide star.

The Holywood man said he left the city 19 years ago to work in Tattersall Tavern, located in Knightsbridge in London, which he visited on Wednesday.

Dornan said he left to pursue his career and worked in the bar before things took off for him.

His Instagram post read: "Over 19 years ago I left Belfast for London to pursue “something”. I worked in this bar @tattersallstavern for 6 months before things started happening for me.

"Haven’t been back since until today. A great pint, particularly when not pouring it yourself..."

Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson star in Fifty Shades Freed (Doane Gregory)

The father-of-three began his career as a model working with famous designer labels including Hugo Boss and Calvin Klein.

The 39-year-old is best known for starring in Fifty Shades of Grey as Christian Grey and in The Fall, but has a long list of appearances on our screens.

In Fifty Shades, Literature student Anastasia Steele played by Dakota Johnson has her life changed forever when she meets billionaire Christian Grey, played by Dornan.

Jamie has since admitted that he was told by news publications that his choice to take on the role was a "bad decision".

He said: "My Safari homepage was The Guardian website. I remember opening it up and seeing it there, and it was basically like, “What is Jamie Dornan doing, having built up this credibility with The Fall ? He’s losing it all with one decision.”

Jamie Dornan at the Belfast premiere (Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)

The Northern Irish man is soon set to star in the film 'Belfast' which is set for general release on November 12 through Universal Pictures.

It is a semi-autobiographical film following Kenneth Branagh's upbringing in the city at the dawn of The Troubles in the late 1960s.

Speaking about the movie plot, Jamie previously said: “I will my whole career try to, given the opportunity, tell stories from that part of the world because it’s important to me and it's important that people know and people understand what the reality for people from that part of the world is."


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