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Jamie Dornan: I'm worried I feel comfortable as a psycho

By Claire Harrison

Jamie Dornan has joked about how his career keeps leading him to play "sick psychopaths" - and how comfortable he feels in their skin.

The Holywood actor said he was starting to worry about the disturbing nature of his two most prominent roles to date and what drew him to the characters.

In an interview with The Guardian, the Northern Ireland star spoke of how he felt about playing personalities like Paul Spectre, a serial killer in The Fall, and the emotionally damaged, bondage-obsessed Christian Grey in 50 Shades of Grey.

"I consider myself quite light-hearted, pretty easy-going, and I keep playing sick psychopath b******s! It kinda worries me sometimes how comfortable I am in that zone," he said.

Dornan, a married father-of-one, said he would happily play serial murderer Paul Spectre "forever" because of the pivotal role the BBC2 thriller has had on his career.

"That show has given me everything," he said about the drama which is based and filmed in Northern Ireland. Production on the third series is to begin in Belfast at the end of this year, after Dornan and his co-star Gillian Anderson recently confirmed they are to return.

"It is just such a treat to do," he said. "I know that every opportunity I get from now on is because of The Fall. I would happily play Paul forever."

The former Calvin Klein model joked about how his family, including his father, Professor Jim Dornan, reacted to his explicit role in 50 Shades of Grey which has earned millions at the box office around the world. When told about a friend who had to cover their eyes during the graphic scenes, the actor replied: "So did my sisters. But Dad was well into it..."

The 32-year-old also defended his decision to take on the controversial lead from the EL James trilogy of books.

"I'm not naive as to why people would think it was a bad choice, or why there is a snobbery about it. But it does no harm to be in a film that makes half a billion dollars."

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