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Jamie Dornan's dad selling £1m luxury home


By Christopher Woodhouse

The father of movie star Jamie Dornan has put his luxury Crawfordsburn pad on the market for nearly £1 million in order to spend more time down south.

Leading obstetrician Professor Jim Dornan told Sunday Life he and wife Samina have decided to sell their home of seven years.

"Life evolves, it's full of chapters and it's a lot of house and it suits us to downsize," he said.

"We have a beautiful house down in Connemara which we are increasingly getting away to for longer.

"I was recently in Connemara, Co Galway, and I thought why am I coming down here for a week at a time when I could be down here for longer."

Jim and Samina's Co Down property is described by estate agent Templeton Robinson as a "stunning contemporary design" with "majestic gardens".

It is on the leafy Ballymullan Road where former residents include ex-Chief Constables Sir Hugh Orde and singer Van Morrison.

Jamie Dornan and his wife Amelia Warner

Named 'Shigar' after the valley in Pakistan, it boasts five bedrooms and three receptions rooms.

"We had a wonderful holiday over there with 18 friends from all around the UK and Ireland about 10 years ago and we stayed in Shigar Fort, it was such a wonderful place, so tranquil," Prof Dornan explained.

The plug on the estate agent's website heaps credit on the Dornans for their input into the home.

Prof Dornan said the decor was inspired by trips he and Samina made to Africa and Asia.

"It's very Asian and South African and it is coloured by our love for those two parts of the world," he said.

"Every time we go to South Africa or Asia, Samina must bring back a piece, whether it's art or whatever."

One such piece is a massive bronze hippo fashioned into a glass-topped table by Alexandra Stoddard, which squats in the entrance hall.


Prof Dornan has spoken of how son Jamie refused to stay with him at the house when he was filming hit BBC series The Fall in which he starred as serial killer Paul Spector.

He told the Ulster Tatler: "I remember when he did The Fall, I said, 'Why don't you come and stay with us?'"

"He said, 'No, I'll definitely see you but will stay in an apartment because I need to stay in the role. It's a dark part and I can't go from that to family gatherings'."

The house may have an eye-watering price tag of £995,000 but the new owners will get a lot for their money.

The property comes with a cinema room and sun terrace, while outside sits a putting green and a large patio.

On leaving his home, Prof Dornan said: "I don't see it as a wrench, I see everything in life as once you have made a decision you move forward and you don't look back too much."

Find out more information about 'Shigar' on the Ballymullan Road in Crawfordsburn on

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