Sunday 20 January 2019

Playing a serial killer has 'scarred' me, says Jamie

Jamie Dornan
Jamie Dornan
Jamie Dornan
Jamie Dornan

heart-throb Jamie Dornan has admitted that playing a serial killer in The Fall has left him scarred.

Speaking at the launch of the second season of the chilling drama in which he co-stars with Gillian Anderson, he admitted there were elements of the role that he didn't enjoy.

"There are maybe not a lot of positives," he said. "You can't fail to be left lightly scarred by inhabiting someone like that for two seasons.

"I do carry elements of him in a worrying way. I find him relatable and understand why he is how he is."

Creepy killer Paul Spector could not be more different from the Co Down actor, who will next appear in the much anticipated Fifty Shades of Grey.

But he confessed that he would sometimes scare himself by absorbing some of the reactions of his character from The Fall.

"He had such distaste for everything," he said. "You do carry some of that anger and that hatred in you a little bit, especially towards the end of a few months of playing him.


"There are times towards the end of filming series one and series two where I did scare myself that some of my reactions were like Paul's."

The former Calvin Klein model also said the role had "totally transformed" his life and career.

And he hinted that his character could yet return for a third chilling series.

Dornan's career has been on the up since The Fall became BBC2's most successful crime drama in more than 20 years, with four million-plus viewers tuning in to watch last season's finale.

Since wrapping filming on Fifty Shades of Grey, which is set for general release next Valentine's Day, dad-of-one Dornan has also signed on to play the lead in The 9th Life of Louis Drax.

And he will star in the as-yet untitled John Wells movie which also features Bradley Cooper and Irish actress Sarah Greene, who most recently appeared in Noble.


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