Northern Ireland

Jamie Dornan ‘very open-minded’ about Irish unity

The Fifty Shades of Grey star said he is ‘intrigued’ about the idea

Jamie Dornan (Queen’s University Belfast)
Jamie Dornan has said he is 'very open-minded' to the idea of Irish unity

MOVIE star Jamie Dornan has said he would be ‘intrigued’ to see how a united Ireland would work.

The Co Down actor, well-known for his roles in the Fifty Shades of Grey movie trilogy and Kenneth Branagh’s Oscar-winning movie Belfast, said that he was ‘very open-minded’ about the concept.

Speaking to Radio Times and other press, Dornan said: “The wrong language has been used for too long and they need to tell people how it would look for health and education and economically, and the actual everyday things of life, rather than the sentimentality of it, the flag in it, and all that bulls**t that’s been wrecking the place for many, many years.

“I’d be very intrigued to know what that looks like. There’s more of a willingness to talk about it than there has been in my lifetime and I’m very open-minded to the idea of it.”

His remarks comes days after Sinn Feín President Mary Lou McDonald hinted that under her government, a border poll would be a possibility within the lifetime of the next Daíl.

A picture of Jamie Dornan and Danielle Macdonald in the new series of The Tourist
Jamie Dornan and Danielle Macdonald are back for another series of the BBC hit (BBC/Two Brothers/Steffan Hill/Russell Kirby)

Meanwhile a second series of his BBC TV show, The Tourist, in which he stars alongside Danielle MacDonald will premiere on New Year’s Day on BBC One at 9pm.

The series was filmed in Ireland and follows Dornan’s character Elliot and PC Helen Chambers (played by MacDonald) as they attempt to uncover his past, which he cannot remember.

In an interview with the Irish Post, Dornan said that the second series is like “a Tourism Ireland advert” in how it showcases the country and spoke of his appreciation for the Irish crew he worked with on the production.