Jamie Dornan has revealed losing his father to Covid in March made 2021 ‘the worst year’ of his life.
In an interview with The Telegraph, the 39-year-old actor explained he struggled to cope with all the praise he has received for his latest projects, Belfast and The Tourist, as his father Jim Dornan’s passing has taken a great toll on him.
‘It’s a strange thing to end the year with all this positivity… because on many levels it’s been the worst year of my life, and the hardest,’ the Irish leading man explained.
Tragic: Jamie Dornan called 2021 the ‘worst year of my life’ after losing his father Jim to Covid in March and reveals they still haven’t had a funeral 10 months after his death
Jamie – who had not seen his father for 18 months before his death due to the lockdown and his filming schedule – also revealed that the family still hasn’t held a funeral 10 months on from Jim’s death, but did not explain the reason for the delay.
World renowned obstetrician Jim died in March aged 73 after contracting coronavirus.
Leukaemia & Lymphoma NI confirmed the news on Twitter, writing: ‘Very sad news this morning on the passing of Professor Jim Dornan, a passionate patron, advocate and friend to all at @LAL_NI.
‘Jim was champion for so many small charities and causes in NI and that legacy will live on. Condolences to family and friends at this sad time.’
Upset: Jamie explained he struggled to cope with all the praise he has received for his latest projects such as The Tourist (pictured) as his father Jim’s passing has taken a great toll on him
Jim had previously been diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia in 2005 and had worked closely with the charity.
He was a renowned obstetrician and gynaecologist and aside from his medical career, he also took a guest role in his son Jamie’s gripping BBC One series The Fall, where he played police board member John Porter, in a 2016 episode.
Discussing his father’s passing, Jamie confessed he was devastated by the fact that Jim, whom he called a ‘beacon of positivity’, would never get a chance to see his latest movie, Belfast.
The film, which takes place in the 1960s, follows the life of a working class Irish family and their young son’s childhood.
Jamie plays the role of Pa – a character he says was greatly influenced by his father – and infused with his personality.
Dad’s influence: The actor is devastated that his dad will never get a chance to see his latest movie, Belfast, where he plays the role of Pa – a character greatly influenced by his father (pictured with Caitriona Balfe)
Jamie also revealed he was taking on his father’s advice about grief.
The actor was just 16 when his mother Lorna tragically passed away from pancreatic cancer, and revealed his father told him at the time ‘Don’t let this be the thing that defines you.’
Jamie explained: ‘You wear it, and it shapes you, and colours you forever, to lose your mother at such a young age, and life will never be the same again – but you can’t lead with it.’
Elsewhere in the chat, the star also reflected on his role as rich BDSM enthusiast Christian Grey – in Fifty Shades of Grey and the following sequels – and how he’s handled the bad press and teasing that followed him after.
He revealed that despite getting frequently teased for taking the role, he doesn’t mind the jokes thanks to his thick skin, which he developed while growing up in Belfast.
‘I’m from a place where taking the mickey out of each other is our common currency. It’s how we communicate – it’s how we show affection,’ the actor said.
No regrets: Jamie also spoke about playing Christian Grey, in Fifty Shades of Grey and the following sequels, saying he doesn’t mind getting frequently teased for taking the role
Source: Mail Online