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Fifty Shades star Jamie Dornan and Ulster Rugby's Rory Best unveiled as new faces on Translink Metro Legends bus

By Claire Williamson

Jamie Dornan and Rory Best have been named as the Northern Ireland legends honoured on a special double decker bus.

Translink's Metro Legends campaign gave the public the chance to honour local heroes who have excelled in their industry, made a positive impact and shone the spotlight on Belfast for all the right reasons.

And the winners got their faces on a custom liveried Metro bus.

Jamie Dornan from Holywood Co Down found fame as a model before embarking on an acting career.

He has starred in the hit BBC BAFTA nominated thriller The Fall and as Christian Grey in the Fifty Shades of Grey triology.

Ulster Rugby and Ireland captain Rory Best is a rugby legend.

Over his illustrious career Best led Ulster to the Heineken Cup quarter final for the first time in 12 years and also the Magners League semi-finals.

Rory Best, a constant fixture at Kingspan Stadium in Belfast and rugby stadia around Europe. In 2016, Rory became the captain for Ireland, the first Ulster rugby player to captain Ireland's team since the late 1990s. He is known as a leader on the field.

Rory said: "I am very humbled to be included on the bus. It’s a great honour to play for your province and country and now I can add this to the list.

 Thank you to everyone that voted for me, I know my kids are really excited about it. I’m in South Africa now and after a few weeks off for some R&R I’ll be back in pre-season training, and in an Ulster jersey. I’ll have to take it to Kingspan."

The pair were shortlisted with boxing champion Carl Frampton, Olympian Mary Peters, Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill and broadcaster and journalist Eamonn Holmes.

The shortlist was compiled following a call to the public to nominate those they felt were an inspiration and ambassador for Belfast.

An independent judging panel selected the shortlist ahead of the public vote.

Voting closed on May 12 and on Monday the bus was unveiled.

The campaign is part of Bus and Train Week which takes place from June 6 to 12.

Check out our gallery to see why the five members of the Metro Legends judging panel chose the six individuals.

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