Actor Jamie Dornan has revealed that he was stuck in a hotel quarantine in Australia when he received the news that his father, Jim, had died of covid after being hospitalized for routine knee surgery.
Dornan, 39, most famous for Fifty Shades of Gray and the crime drama TV series The Fall, found himself on the other side of the world with four days left in quarantine when his father died in Dubai last March, for what could not travel to Visit it.
Dornan was asked to self-isolate in Australia before filming the BBC drama The Tourist, in which he plays a man who has no idea who he is and why he has been stranded in the Australian outback.
Figures released by the BBC on Friday showed The Tourist is the third most successful drama release on iPlayer, with more than 18 million views.
Losing his father made 2021 “the worst year … and the most difficult” of his life, Dornan told the Sun.
“It has been a brutal moment for many reasons and for many people. We’re all just trying to get through it and come out the other side, and hopefully have our heads intact,” he said.
Professor Jim Dornan was a renowned obstetrician and gynecologist at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast. It is said that he was proud that his son would star in Sir Kenneth Branagh’s Oscar-winning film of the same name set there, alongside Dame Judi Dench.
The coming-of-age comedy-drama about a working-class boy and his family who get caught up in the troubles of Northern Ireland in the late 1960s received seven Golden Globe nominations and won for Best Screenplay. . It will hit UK cinemas at the end of January.
Dornan, who lives in rural Gloucestershire with his wife, Amelia Warner, 39, and their three young daughters, said the Belfast plot resonated with him on a personal level and he still calls himself a “man of Belfast”, although he left the city in his 20s.
In the film, Dornan plays a father who has come to England to work in the hope that his family can join him there and put the tensions between Protestants and Catholics in Belfast behind them.
“[Belfast] limited. We probably feel like that’s something particular, a ‘Belfast man’, and I think we all know what that means,” Dornan said.
“If you’re from Belfast, no matter what era you grew up in, you’ve been through something. You have been through certain hardships and have been tested at many different stages of your life.”
Jim supported his son’s pursuit of an acting career and helped him through the loss of his mother, Lorna, to pancreatic cancer when he was 16, telling his son, “Don’t let this define you.” .
“I have been subjected, early in my life and now, to a lot of pain and loss,” Dornan said.