Jamie Dornan reveals his favourite spots in Belfast and the best places for a pint of Guinness

By Nadia Breen

Jamie Dornan has revealed his favourite spots in Belfast, including where tourists should go for a pint of Guinness in the city.

The Holywood man took park in an ' Ask Me Anything ' session online on Reddit to answer questions about his role in Kenneth Branagh 's 'Belfast'.

A fan asked Jamie what his favourite spot in Belfast is, with the actor revealing it's Botanic Gardens.

"It's very cool, opposite of the school I went to. Not only was that the venue for fights in school... but also I got to film some stuff there in The Fall. I've also brought my family there. I have so many different memories for me. So significant for different reasons," he said.

Describing where you can go to for a good pint of Guinness in Belfast, Jamie added: "So there's a bar called Spaniard in the Cathedral Quarter of Belfast, but it's tiny, so you might find it hard to find a space on the weekend.

The actor before the 'Ask Me Anything' session (Jamie Dornan)

"If you stumble across the street to The Cloth Ear you can also find a brilliant pint of Guinness."

In another question, the dad-of-three was asked what he recommended doing when visiting the city.

Dornan replied: "In Belfast - it's all about the people, so talk to people, get taxis and have interesting conversations. Every taxi driver in Belfast wants to talk. They're all proper characters. Also bars, restaurants - everyone's willing to talk and share stories. The people make the place."

The actor later revealed his favourite crisps: "Tayto cheese and onion. I do a Tayto 'smashie' - white bread, loads of mayonnaise, slice of ham, and whole packet of Tayto cheese & onion. Favourite elevenses meal."

When asked what's so special about Belfast, Jamie added: "The people. They're the best people in the world."

Asked to describe the city in one word, Dornan said it's "eclectic".

He later told: "Someone said there are only two types of people in the world: the Irish and the ones who want to be Irish."

The actor was also asked by a fan what his favourite things to do were as a teenager.

"When I go back to Belfast now, I go back to being a teenager, since I was teenager when I left. My favourite thing to do... my best friend and I, we fill his boot/trunk with footballs, frisbees, rugby balls, and we go to playing fields and we pretend we're kids and pretend our knees and backs aren't killing us.

"And playing golf. You should still be trying to do stuff you were doing as a teenager, even when you're older."

The 39-year-old was also asked for his favourite 'dad joke', to which he replied: "Did you hear the sentence came through for the two guys who stole the calendar? They both got six months."

Later when asked what the best part of being a parent is, Jamie said it's "just the love".

"It's totally all encompassing, very visceral, real love from these little people you helped create, and it's unwavering.

"At the moment our kids are at an age where they still need us and want us around and I'm scared for the moment when ours turn 18 and walk out the door and don't think daddy's cool anymore," the Northern Irish actor added.

Then, while discussing new movie Belfast, Dornan described Caitriona Balfe as "just a dream".

He added: "I'd like to do every job for the rest of my life with her. She is the best, easiest, funnest, most talented actress that I could wish to work with."

In the movie, Jamie's character 'Pa' doesn't have a beard, with Dornan saying he is enjoying it.

"I've always been a big advocate of a beard, but a the moment I'm gonna say no beard. I haven't had one because of Belfast and press, and I feel like a different person. It's like some guy that's lived underneath a beard and I'm kind of enjoying him," he said.

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