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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

Published 06/06/2016

Rory Best and Jamie Dornan were the ultimate winners to appear on a special Double Decker bus. Pictured with Translink's Group Chief Executive Chris Conway are Rory Best's mum and daughter, Pat and Penny Best alongside Jamie Dornan's dad Dr Jim Dornan. Picture by Brian Morrison.
Rory Best and Jamie Dornan were the ultimate winners to appear on a special Double Decker bus. Pictured with Translink's Group Chief Executive Chris Conway are Rory Best's mum and daughter, Pat and Penny Best alongside Jamie Dornan's dad Dr Jim Dornan. Picture by Brian Morrison.
Pictured are Rory Best's mum and daughter, Pat and Penny Best alongside Jamie Dornan's dad Dr Jim Dornan. Picture by Brian Morrison.
Super fans Shirley Jones ( right) from Dundonald and Kendra Steele from Killylea were first in line to have their picture taken with Dr Jim Dornan, father of Jamie Dornan. Picture by Brian Morrison.
Jay Walsh (7) from Carryduff looks up to his hero Rory Best. Picture by Brian Morrison.
Tourists have their picture taken beside Metro Legends Rory Best and Jamie Dornan. Picture by Brian Morrison.
Rory Best and Jamie Dornan were the ultimate winners to appear on a special Double Decker bus to serve the city. One of the Metro Legend judges, Alison Clarke showed off the card board cut outs of Metro legend winners Rory Best and Jamie Dornan. Picture by Brian Morrison.
Rory Best and Jamie Dornan were the ultimate winners to appear on a special Double Decker bus. Picture by Brian Morrison.
Jamie Dornan has been voted a Northern Ireland legend.
Rory Best has been voted a Northern Ireland legend.
Jamie Dornan: Actor Jamie Dornan is known around the globe for playing Christian Grey in the film 'Fifty Shades of Grey', which had one of the biggest opening weekends of all time for an R-rated film. Jamie also plays a leading role in BBC's 'The Fall', a successful hit series credited with helping put Belfast on the film and television production map. While you can trace his roots to Holywood, Jamie launched his modelling career in Belfast and he also attended school in the city.
Eamonn Holmes: TV Personality Award-winning broadcaster Eamonn Holmes started his career in Belfast on UTV's 'Farming Ulster' programme. He has since gone on to present GMTV for 13 years and he currently hosts Sunrise with Eamonn Holmes on Sky News. With nearly 1million Twitter followers, he is beloved across the UK. He also retains close ties with his home city and supports a number of initiatives to better the city.
Michael O'Neill: Football Manager Northern Ireland football manager Michael O'Neill has brought Northern Ireland to its first major championship since the World Cup in 1986 and he is doing it in style by topping the European qualifier group. Because of these successes, Michael has received a lot of credit for uniting the country around sport. As a player himself, he made 44 appearances with Glentoran and has retained close ties with the club and city.
Dame Mary Peters: Athlete Dame Mary Peters, CH, DBE is known for both her gold medal victory at the 1972 Olympics and her philanthropy work through Mary Peters Trust. Mary is a well-known name and face in Belfast as Mary Peters Track is named after her and she is a Lord Lieutenant for the City of Belfast.
Rory Best: Rugby player. Rugby star Rory Best is a constant fixture at Kingspan Stadium in Belfast and rugby stadiums 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 and is well-regarded by sports fans in Belfast and beyond.
Carl Frampton MBE

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 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

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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