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Jamie Dornan Opens Up About His 'Belfast' Character During TIFF

Jamie Dornan Opens Up About His 'Belfast' Character During TIFF

Jamie Dornan steps out for an in discussion panel at the Variety Studio presented by Canada Goose with Kenneth Branagh during the 2021 Toronto Film Festival in Toronto, Canada on Sunday afternoon (September 12).

The 39-year-old actor stars in Kenneth‘s upcoming Belfast, and the two were seen at the premiere of the movie the same day.

Jamie described his character to the Belfast Telegraph as “a very honest, humble man who is just trying to do the right thing”, adding that despite the challenges of the time they lead a “quite glamorous lifestyle for a working-class North Belfast family”.

He also spoke about how he aims to tell more positive and inspiring stories about Northern Ireland than in the past.

“Often characters portrayed in that part of the world, there’s this sort of bleakness. It gets a bit ‘poverty porn’,” he shared. “Going forward, with the stories I want to tell coming out of that part of the country, I want to get away from that idea that everything’s doom and gloom at home. That’s not how I remember home to be.”

Jamie added, “It’s that thing of trying to elevate stories from the north of Ireland through a slightly different lens. Tell stories that people aren’t expecting from that part of the world.”

Belfast is set to open in theaters in November.

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Photos: Courtesy of Michael Hurcomb, Michelle Quance
Posted to: 2021 Toronto Film Festival, Jamie Dornan, Kenneth Branagh

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