When it comes to commanding the silver screen, few actors do it better than Jamie Dornan. His roles in Marie Antoinette, Once Upon a Time and Fifty Shades of Grey have earned this Northern Irish actor a place in our hearts and in our DVD collections. There’s more to this man than good looks and great acting, however. Whether he’s on set or out on the town, he’s always impeccably dressed. In fact, he’s one of the most inspirational dressers of our generation. Men want to be him. Women want to be with him.
How’s he do it? He manages to combine some of the most basic clothing elements together in a way that feels anything but dated. Let’s get to know Dornan a little better and discuss what you can learn from his style.
Jamie Dornan: Early Life and Career
Jamie was born in Northern Ireland in Holywood, County Down. He spend most of his early life growing up in Belfast’s suburbs with his two sisters, Jessica and Liesa. His father is a gynaecologist and obstetrician. His mother passed away when he was only 16 from cancer. After graduating Methodist College Belfast, he attended Teesside University for a short period of time before deciding to quit school and more to London to become an actor.
He didn’t immediately hit it big. At the start of his career he was a model. Abercrombie & Fitch hired him in 2003, then he worked for a number of big-name clothing designers and retailers including Armani, Hugo Boss, Dior Homme and Calvin Klein. During some campaigns, he worked alongside other famous models like Eva Mendes and Kate Moss.
He finally caught his big break in 2006, when he landed his first acting role in Marie Antoinette, where he played Count Axel Fersen. He then went on to play in other films like Shadows in the Sun and Beyond the Rave. In 2011, he found himself in a mystical world of fairy tales when he played the role of Sheriff Graham in the television series Once Upon a Time. While his character was killed after only eight episodes, he reprised his role again, becoming a regular in the ABC series as the Hunstman.
After ending his role as the Hunstman, Dornan starred in a Northern Irish drama called The Fall. In 2013, the real magic began. He was chosen to replace Charlie Hunnam in the much anticipated film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey. He played the character Christian Grey, a man with a secret sexual life and an eye for only one woman. He is currently filming the second and third instalments of the movie, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed.
While he dated Keira Knightley for two year (2003-2005,) Dornan settled down with his now wife, Amelia Warner, in 2013. Amelia is an English actress and also a singer and songwriter. In late 2013, she gave birth to their first child, Dulcie. In 2016, their second child was born.
The Style of Jamie Dornan
Maybe it was those years of being a model that made Dornan the style icon he is today. Maybe he just naturally has a talent for putting together the perfect wardrobe. No matter what the reason, there are definitely some things we can learn from him. To learn these lessons, let’s take a look at one of his most recent Vanity Fair covers. On this cover he wears a relaxed suit jacket, dark jeans and grey knitwear.
Looking for ways to update your look by taking some tips from today’s leading men? Consider the style of Jamie Dornan. Blend smart and casual together while keeping the most cherished style rules in mind: fit is king, check the silhouette and always look comfortable in everything you wear.