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Jamie Dornan's English super fans going that extra mile to see their Fifty Shades heartthrob

By Claire Williamson

Published 08/01/2016

Jamie Dornan with fan Megan Bailey
Jamie Dornan with fan Megan Bailey
Nicole Shaw and Jamie Dornan.
Jamie Dornan with fan Georgia Copeland
Jamie Dornan and fan Natalie Jones

To the rest of the world they may look like gluttons for punishment - but Jamie Dornan's super fans are more than happy to go the extra mile for a glimpse of their idol.

The Co Down actor won the adoration of many across the world when he took on the role of billionaire Christian Grey in the erotic Fifty Shades Of Grey movies.

And now his most devoted fans are travelling hundreds of punishing miles to Northern Ireland just for a glimpse of the Holywood-born heartthrob.

It was playing serial killer Paul Spector in The Fall alongside X Files actress Gillian Anderson that first put Dornan in the spotlight and earned him a growing legion of fans.

Dornan is filming the third series of the BBC crime drama in Belfast at the moment, and fans have been flocking here in a bid to meet him.

Among those were four friends from across England who met at the Fifty Shades premiere in London when they camped out overnight to get the best spot.

They came in the hope they would bump into him - and they succeeded on Monday. Their photos have been shared around the world, but no one knew the lengths the four went to for their chat with the former model.

And they aren't alone, as it's understood fans have also travelled from Europe over the last few weeks.

Nicole Shaw (26) from Shropshire, Georgia Copeland (23) from London, Megan Bailey (20) from Sheffield and Natalie Jones (24) from Nottingham are still dumbfounded by the fact they met their hero.

"We thought he'd just take photos and go, but he came over and spoke for a good 10 minutes," Nicole said. "He asked where we were all from and he apologised for how he looked. He took pictures with us all.

The Fall returned to our screens last night with Jamie Dornan reprising his role as serial killer Paul Spector
The Fall returned to our screens last night with Jamie Dornan reprising his role as serial killer Paul Spector
Modelling with Gisele Bundchen
Attention fell on Jamie Dornan when he started dated actress Keira Knightley in 2003
Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan in The Fall
Jamie Dornan in The Fall
In May 2013 BBC drama The Fall hit our screens. Set in Belfast, Dornan played serial killer Paul Spector, opposite Gillian Anderson.
Jamie Dornan plays serial killer Paul Spector
In May 2013 BBC drama The Fall hit our screens. Set in Belfast, Dornan played serial killer Paul Spector.
Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele in trailer for Fifty Shades Of Grey
Jamie Dornan says filming racy scenes with Dakota Johnson for Fifty Shades of Grey was not sexy.
Jamie Dornan
Fifty Shades of Grey
Jamie Dornan has told The Observer Magazine that filming racy scenes for the film Fifty Shades of Grey with co-star Dakota Johnson was not sexy. Ian West/PA Wire.
Actor and Comedian Bill Murray hugs 50 Shades of Grey actor Jamie Dornan as they walk of the 12th tee during round one of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at Carnoustie
Northern Ireland model Jamie Dornan and Eva Mendes in their sultry new Calvin Klein advert
Jamie Dornan and Gisele Bundchen in an Aquascutum advert.
Jamie Dornan was in a band called Sons of Jim, with Dave Alexander. The band disbanded in 2008.
Modelling in an advert for Calvin Klein Jeans
In the band Sons of Jim, with Dave Alexander at a Sports Relief event at Custom House Square in Belfast.
He modelled for Calvin Klein (with Kate Moss and Eva Mendes), Dior, Aquascutum and Armani, among many other brands.
Arriving for a screening of Martie Antoinette with Rose Byrne in New York
Playing Ed in the Hammer Horror production, Beyond the Rave
Jamie Dornan as Sheriff Graham from Once Upon A Time
As Sheriff Graham from Once Upon A Time
As Sheriff Graham from Once Upon A Time
At a Calvin Klein event
In April 2013 Jamie Dornan married singer Amelia Warner in Somerset, England. They are now expecting a baby.
In April 2013 Jamie Dornan married singer Amelia Warner in Somerset, England. They are now expecting a baby.
Jamie Dornan chats to Sarah Travers, host of UTV's The Magazine, on his first visit to Belfast since marrying musician, Amelia Warner.
With Eva Mendes in an ad for Calvin Klein Jeans
With Eva Mendes in an ad for Calvin Klein Jeans
Jamie Dornan with The Fall co-star Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan in a photoshoot for Red magazine
Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele in the first cast photos from the Fifty Shades of Grey movie
Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele in the first cast photos from the Fifty Shades of Grey movie
Leading man: Jamie Dornan on The Graham Norton Show
Jamie Dornan plays Abe in New Worlds, on Channel 4
Jamie Dornan plays Abe in New Worlds, on Channel 4

"We can't say enough how lovely he is, just a humble guy and down to earth."

Their photos went viral after they were shared on the Jamie Dornan NI fan Facebook page, which is run by Saranne Hardiment from Carrickfergus.

She started the page two years ago and has more than 80,000 followers, and her YouTube account has had almost 50 million views.

Her page has become a reference for fans all over the world.

She told the Belfast Telegraph: "I thought it was brilliant that someone from our little country was in such a high-profile role in Fifty Shades.

"I thought I could provide something with a local connection."

And while she hasn't met the actor herself, Saranne said fans were delighted for each other when they got their Jamie selfie.

"Everyone has it on their goal list," she said.

"Autographs are fine, but we all want a picture."

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