Who Is Jamie Dornan? Meet the New Christian Grey in the '50 Shades' Movie

The film adaptation of the kinky book series has its new leading man -- and you probably already know him! Here's how

The new Christian Grey has arrived, and his name is Jamie Dornan! Dornan, 31, will be replacing actor Charlie Hunnam in the highly anticipated film adaptation of 50 Shades of Grey. Author E.L. James confirmed the news via Twitter on Thursday:

Like Hunnam, who quit the film shortly after his casting was announced, Dornan is a little-known actor with some impressive roles under his belt. He's not bad to look at, either. We'll soon be seeing a lot more of Dornan (in every sense), but for now, here are 5 videos to introduce you to Hollywood's new fantasy boyfriend!

1.Born in Northern Ireland, Dornan got his big break in America when he was cast as Sheriff Graham on Season 1 of Once Upon a Time.

2. More recently, he's received critical acclaim playing a serial killer on the BBC drama The Fall, opposite Gillian Anderson.

3. He's also done some pretty high-profile modeling, including this underwear shoot for Calvin Klein. (You're welcome.)

4. And he played Kirsten Dunst's love interest in the film Marie Antoinette.

5. To top it all off, he sings and plays guitar. Here's a video from his days in the folk duo Sons of Jim (which disbanded in 2008).

Dornan flirted with the A-list before -- literally -- when he dated Keira Knightley from 2003 to 2005. He's now married to actress Amelia Warner, and they're soon expecting their first child.

We all know that White Collar's Matt Bomer was the Internet's first choice to play the film's kinky billionaire, but Dornan has plenty of supporters, too. Lena Dunham and Elizabeth Banks are among the fans who have already voiced their approval on Twitter!


Dornan will star opposite Dakota Johnson, who is playing the ingenue Anastasia Steele. The film is scheduled for release in August of 2014.

Donna Kaufman is a freelance writer and iVillage contributor. Find her on Twitter and Google+

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