Jamie Dornan has detailed being stuck in quarantine in Australia while his father died in Belfast, 10,000 miles away.
The 39-year-old actor was in isolation in a hotel before filming The Tourist in Australia and had four days left of his quarantine when he received the devastating news that his father Jim had died of coronavirus.
But with travel and quarantine restrictions in place, he was unable to fly back to his native Northern Ireland with his family at a heart-wrenching time, with Jamie describing his 2021 as the ‘worst’ and most difficult year of his life.
Tough times: Jamie Dornan elaborates on being stuck in quarantine in Australia while his father died in Belfast 10,000 miles away (pictured in October)
World-renowned obstetrician Jim died at the age of 73 in March after contracting the virus after going to the hospital for a routine knee operation.
And Jamie, who hadn’t seen his father in 18 months due to the lockdown and filming, explained how he understood the trauma that so many were coping with their own devastating loss amid the global pandemic.
He told The Sun: ‘It has been a brutal time for many reasons and for a lot of people. We’re all just trying to get it out and come out on the other side – and hope we keep our heads up.’
Sad: The 39-year-old actor was isolated in a hotel before filming The Tourist in Australia with four days left of his quarantine when he received the devastating news that his father Jim had died of coronavirus
The leading man has recently garnered praise for his role in Sir Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast, which portrays a family’s experience during The Troubles in Northern Ireland.
And Jim, who was a well-known obstetrician and gynecologist in Belfast and even had a picture with Kenneth at home, was proud of his son’s role in the film, but sadly has to watch it now. is not around for.
With the heartbreaking loss of his father, the 50 Shades of Gray star admitted that 2021 had turned out to be the ‘worst year … and the hardest’ of his life, adding: ‘I was in the early days of my life and I am now subordinate. , to much pain and loss.’
The earliest loss he mentioned was the death of his mother, Lorna, of pancreatic cancer when he was just 16 years old, with Jim helping him deal with the loss by telling his boy: ‘Don’t let it be that thing. that defines you.’
Stuck: Jamie is forced to isolate at his Australian hotel, where he is filming the BBC drama The Tourist, after hearing the news of his father (featured in The Tourist)
In Jamie’s latest film Belfast, set in the 1960s, she played a character named Pa, who works in England and contemplates moving her family there amid the conflicts.
And Jamie admitted that the story seemed too personal to him because it pains him to be away from his young daughters for long periods of time.
The actor shares daughters Dulce, eight, Elva, five, and Alberta, two, with wife Amelia Warner, 39, whom he married in 2013.
He said: ‘I think I have a real understanding of what it is like to go away, often for the benefit of the family – to work, to provide. Whatever step I take since becoming a father, my career is for him. That’s what I really care about. I am so lucky to have three healthy little girls. I just miss him a lot.
Elsewhere, last month Jamie revealed that he was in constant competition with Eddie Redmayne when the pair lived together early in their careers.
Rest in Peace: World-renowned obstetrician Jim died in March at the age of 73, having contracted the virus after going to the hospital for a routine knee operation (Jim pictured in 2018)
Tragic: Jamie, who hasn’t seen his father in 18 months due to lockdown and filming, reveals how he understood the trauma that so many were coping with their own devastating loss amid the global pandemic (Kim and pictured with sister Jessica) in 2018)
The actor talked about sharing his time in Los Angeles during an appearance on The Jonathan Ross Show in 2009.
The star, who appeared on the show to promote their upcoming mini-series The Tourist, admitted there was some ‘jealousy’ when they were auditioning for roles, but they always wished each other the best.
Coming via video link to discuss his new show, Jamie said: ‘You might want to think that there’s no jealousy, but there’s always friendly competition.
,[We were] Constantly going up to the same thing and dressing each other up for auditions and saying, “Good luck, hope it’s good to be there for you.”
Last January, the two talked about their time together — revealed When they lived together as roommates, they had so little work that they resorted to making crockery.
His Girls: ‘I think I have a real understanding of what it’s like to work, to provide, to often go away, for the benefit of the family. Whatever step I take since becoming a father, my career is for him. That’s all I care