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Jamie Dornan in July 2016. (Photo: Matej Divizna/Getty Images)

Fifty Shades of Grey heartthrob Jamie Dornan sought paternal advice for his new role in the supernatural thriller The 9th Life of Louis Drax.

Dornan plays a doctor so he turned to his father, an obstetrician, for possible tips.

But his father wouldn’t play ball. “My dad will always try to give me some tips or advice on every character I play whether it’s a serial killer or sexual dominant. This is the one job where I even asked him for some advice and he didn’t give it to me,” says the actor.

Even if his father wouldn’t give him guidance, Dornan was definitely pleased to be playing a medical man. He says: “It’s nice to have a ‘Dr.’ before your character name because my dad’s not the only one, plenty of people in my family are doctors, so it’s nice to tick that box.”

Dornan can currently been seen in two new films, not just playing a coma specialist in The 9th Life of Louis Drax, but also portraying a heroic World War II resistance fighter in the recently released Anthropoid.

But neither of these parts is likely to overshadow his role as Christian Grey in the bondage movie Fifty Shades of Grey which made him an international star. With two more sequels in the pipeline the actor wants to make sure he isn’t defined by playing the character.

He says: “I feel that recently anything I’ve done has been quite a departure from Christian Grey—so you want to keep doing that and keep testing people’s theories of who they think you are.”

But Dornan, at age 34, has few complaints knowing that he’s become very successful. He says: “I feel very fortunate that good things are happening. You just want to keep the ball rolling and keep challenging yourself.”

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By Tom Brook