JAMIE DORNAN was on the opposite facet of the world with 4 days of his hotel quarantine remaining when he obtained the worst information conceivable.
His beloved father Jim had died from Covid after going into hospital for a routine knee operation.
Stuck in Australia final March, the place he was required to isolate forward of filming BBC drama The Tourist, Jamie was unable to get again to his native Northern Ireland to take care of the heartbreaking loss.
Suddenly, Jamie, 39, greatest recognized for starring in Fifty Shades Of Grey on the large display and telly thriller The Fall, discovered himself caught in a nightmarish state of affairs brought on by the worldwide pandemic.
So he understands the trauma so many individuals have skilled over the previous couple of years.
Jamie says: “It’s been a brutal time for lots of reasons and for lots of people. We’re all just trying to ride it out and come out the other side — and hope we’ve got our heads intact.”
The actor is getting rave evaluations for his flip in BBC1 thriller The Tourist, taking part in a mysterious man with amnesia who has no thought why he has been left stranded in the Australia’s Outback.
And he’s receiving additional plaudits for his stunning portrayal of a dad caught up in Northern Ireland’s Troubles, in Sir Kenneth Branagh’s Oscar-tipped movie Belfast.
Jamie’s father Jim was a famend obstetrician and gynaecologist in the Northern Ireland capital — and had been proud his son was to star in a film set there.
An image of Jim with Sir Kenneth on the metropolis’s Royal Victoria Hospital stands proudly in the Dornan household dwelling.
Jamie says: “There was an image on our bookshelf of my dad and Ken opening a wing on the maternity ward on the hospital my dad spent the vast majority of his profession at.
“I remember thinking it was a big thing in our house that he’d been around and done that and met Dad and stuff.”
Sadly, Jim won’t ever see the movie, which opens in cinemas subsequent week.
Losing his father made 2021 “the worst year . . . and the hardest” of his life, Jamie says.
Jim helped him navigate the painful lack of his mom Lorna from pancreatic most cancers when Jamie was 16, telling his son: “Don’t let this be the thing that defines you.”
Jamie says: “I’ve been subjected, early on in my life and now, to a lot of pain and loss.”
Jim supported Jamie’s choice to turn out to be an actor after the dashing star uninterested in modelling work for the likes of Calvin Klein and Armani.
The dangerous transfer paid off as a result of the ex-clotheshorse — as soon as dubbed The Golden Torso — is on his solution to turning into one of many golden boys of performing.
‘I have a real understanding of what it is to go away for work. Every step I do since becoming a father – my career – is for my family. That’s all I actually care about’
Jamie performs Pa in the brand new film, which obtained seven Golden Globe nominations and co-stars Dame Judi Dench.
The character relies on Branagh’s personal father.
In 1969, Pa works in England and needs his household to affix him there as tensions between Belfast’s Protestant and Catholic communities boil over into lethal violence.
The plot felt deeply private to Jamie, who can’t stand to be away from his daughters Dulcie, eight, Elva, 5, and two-year-old Alberta.
He says: “I’m a father of three women and at occasions I should say goodbye to them.
“I suppose I have an actual understanding of what it’s to go away, typically for the good thing about the household — to work, to offer. Every single step I do since turning into a father, my profession is for them. That’s all I actually care about.
“I’m so lucky that I have three healthy little girls. I’m just missing them so much.”
Jamie met his spouse Amelia Warner, 39, a musician and former actress, in 2010. They married three years later.
They dwell in rural Gloucestershire, preferring the native pub to glamorous red-carpet occasions.
Even although Jamie has to journey the world over for his work, he doesn’t enable himself to be other than his kids for greater than two weeks at a time.
The household travelled with him to Australia for The Tourist — in which Shalom Brune-Franklin performs his display love curiosity — and so they spent a number of months there throughout filming, with the youngsters enrolling in native faculties.
The accolades coming Jamie’s means full a exceptional turnaround, after his performing in the maligned Fifty Shades trilogy was ridiculed.
Fortunately, Jamie is sufficiently thick-skinned to ignore the merciless barbs.
He says: “I’ve always been able to give s**t and take s**t, so I’m sort of armed for it.”
And coping with your issues by having amusing is a part of Belfast tradition, Jamie reckons.
He says: “There’s a resilience to men and women from Belfast. What I think is remarkable about the people from the north of Ireland is there is a humour that we have — that you need, I think, to get through some of the things we’ve all had to live through.”
Though he left town at 20, Jamie nonetheless calls himself a “Belfast man”.
‘Singing is terror like you can’t even think about’
He says: “It is dwelling. We in all probability really feel like that’s a specific factor, a ‘Belfast man’, and I suppose everyone knows what which means.
“If you’re from Belfast, it doesn’t matter what period you grew up in, you’ve been by one thing.
“You’ve been through a certain hardship and you’ve been tested at many different stages of your life.”
The Troubles began in Northern Ireland round 1966 and the movie takes place three years later, when Loyalists rampaged by Catholic areas, burning properties and companies.
This escalated into terrorist assaults by paramilitary teams together with the IRA and UDA till the Good Friday Agreement lastly introduced some peace in 1998.
Jamie says: “I was born in 1982, proper in the center of a 30-year battle.
“When you are growing up in that environment, you’re taught about it — you’re taught about why everyone is fighting around you, what is this hatred based on, where did this begin. I personally don’t think it’s taught enough.”
Instead of dwelling on the tangled politics, Sir Kenneth’s film, which is shot in black and white, focuses on one household coping with the turbulent state of affairs by love and humour. It relies on the director’s experiences of rising up in town and his dad’s choice to carry his younger household to England.
Jamie says with a smile: “All the characters are very a lot based mostly on people who find themselves a part of Ken’s life.
“I am playing a version of his father. So that brings with it a new set of stress.”
He additionally confronted the “terror” of dancing and singing in one scene, as Pa performs Everlasting Love, a UK chart-topper for Love Affair in 1968.
His blue eyes glowing, Jamie says: “It’s terror like you’ll be able to’t even think about.
“I’ve sang in a lot of things recently. I think the last four or five things I’ve done, I’ve sang in. It’s becoming too habitual.”
‘There’s a resilience to women and men from
Belfast. There is a humour that now we have, that you just want, to get by among the issues we’ve needed to dwell by’
Pandemic restrictions meant Belfast couldn’t be filmed in town on the centre of its focus.
A set was constructed in Berkshire and manufacturing started in 2020, as quickly as restrictions allowed.
Lockdown additionally meant Jamie couldn’t get again to Northern Ireland for a lot of months.
When he was requested to movie Belfast, it supplied an opportunity to reconnect — albeit from a distance.
He says: “I was away from dwelling, I couldn’t get dwelling to Belfast. I had household there that I hadn’t seen and wasn’t capable of see.
“So home was very much on my mind and then I get a script called Belfast.”
Throughout his profession, he has by no means confronted a neater choice.
The star says: “I’d imagine only once in my career will I do a movie named after the town that made me. So it was an easy ‘yes.’ ”
- Belfast (12A) is out on Friday, January 21.