Jamie Dornan finds raising his family in London "stressful".

Jamie Dornan

Jamie Dornan

The Northern Irish actor and wife Amelia Warner divide their time between an abode in the city and a country house in the Cotswolds, and he prefers their rural retreat because it gives Dulcie, who turns three next month, and her six-month-old sister - whose name hasn't been made public - more freedom.

He said: "I find London quite stressful to raise my kids. We like to be able to leave our door open and let our three year old run in the garden and muck around and express herself."

The 34-year-old actor has fond memories of his own "serene" childhood in the coastal town of Holywood.

Speaking to L'Uomo Vogue magazine, he said: "I had a really f***ing lovely, very middle class sort of serene upbringing despite the madness that was happening in our country at the time.

"I wouldn't have changed any aspect of my childhood.

"I mean, I lost my mother when I was 16 so of course I would change that, but you know in terms of my actual childhood, people are amazing back home."

The 'Fifty Shades of Grey' star had always been "intrigued" by acting but was never sure he'd make money from it.

He said: "I did a lot of acting in school and did amateur dramatics back in Ireland. It always intrigued me, I always enjoyed doing it but then saying, 'I want that to pay the mortgage' is a very different thing."

Jamie's breakthrough role came as serial killer Paul Spector in drama series 'The Fall' and he'd love to continue playing the sinister character for the rest of his life.

He said: "'The Fall' has been very good to me and given the opportunity, I'd play that character for the rest of my life.

"It's kind of awkward to say, as he's such a horrible person but I do care for him and inhabiting his very sick mind for some reason."

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