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BY esquire editors | Nov 1, 2018 | Film & TV

Jamie Dornan has a look surrounding him. Whether it was because he played superbly well a sadistic serial killer of women in The Fall, or when he took on the role of the wealthy sexual sociopath (apparently with a heart of gold) Christian Grey who finds pleasure in torturing women. Yet, in 2018, he’s ready to move on. No doubt that he’s not a one-dimension actor. With a filmography (not just catering to the sexual fantasies of housewives) that includes the likes of The Siege of Jadotville, Anthropoid, and his latest, A Private War and My Dinner With Hervé with Peter Dinklage, Jamie Dornan is an actor as diverse as can be.

But the 36-year-old from Northern Ireland didn’t begin his career as an actor—instead, he started off as a model and performed in a band called Sons of Jim. His modelling career took off with high-end campaigns (Calvin Klein with Kate Moss and Eva Mendes, Armani, Dior Homme), and he was even dubbed “The Golden Torso” by The New York Times. Soon after, he realised he “never got over the feeling of being uncomfortable when someone is putting a camera in my face.” So he auditioned hard, again and again and finally got his first film role as Count Axel Fersen in Sofia Coppola film Marie Antoinette (2006). “In TV, you’re playing a character, so you’re losing yourself to that. It’s much easier to do when you’re not representing yourself,” he tells Esquire. Dornan’s movie-stardom may be delayed, but he’s far from anonymous now.

In terms of grooming and style, he’s got it—and with apparent ease. His style is comfort, but not lazy. Whether dressing for the red carpet, the streets or the golf course, Dornan has mastered the art of dressing well. His sophistication and confidence (he’s not shy about showcasing his biting wit and jokes during interviews and talk shows) led him back to his modelling roots as the latest addition to BOSS’ roster of famous faces. Dornan will front BOSS The Scent, the brand’s centrepiece in its fragrance collection. And this time, he’s fronting in a way he feels comfortable. 

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