HE SENT hearts racing in Fifty Shades of Grey but it's his chilling portrayal as a serial killer that should see Jamie Dornan scoop an acting award.
That's according to his co-star in The Fall, Gillian Anderson, who's tipped the Irish actor for a gong ahead of the announcement of the 2015 Emmy nominations.
The X-Files star should know - she's a former winner who's been nominated five times.
The short-list for this year's glitzy ceremony will be announced next month. Anderson (46) was clear who she thinks should get their hands on the award.
"Definitely Jamie Dornan, I would say, who plays Spector. Definitely in the last scene that we have together, there's an interrogation scene, and it's the first time that the characters have been face to face.
"I would say we definitely see Jamie's acting talent in that exchange," she said.
Anderson plays detective Stella Gibson on the Belfast-set show, hunting Paul Spector, Dornan's twisted serial killer character.
Dornan recently admitted he was lucky to be cast in the series because he had so little experience.
"I definitely hadn't done enough work, really, to warrant being given that opportunity," he said.
"I'd never even done a small part in a BBC production, never mind being given a lead in one.
"It was a big punt for them to take."
There has been speculation that Anderson is in line for another Emmy for her work on the BBC show, as well. She last won in the mid 1990s when The X-Files was at the peak of its popularity.
The cult sci-fi show is in the process of being rebooted and is due back on TV next year with Anderson returning as Dana Scully alongside David Duchovny's Agent Mulder. Meanwhile, she has high praise for The Fall which is to return for a third season.
"I would say that it's probably the best writing that I have ever witnessed for television, and the episodes are incredibly complex with well-drawn characters, the likes of which I haven't seen," she told website The Wrap.
She also revealed that though she's made her name on the small screen, she's "not a big TV watcher".
"I just recently got into a French series called The Returned. I can probably do maybe three at a time, two or three," she said.