Jamie Dornan tipped for lead role in Fifty Shades film

Jamie Dornan has stepped in to play the male lead in the film adaptation of E.L. James' racy novel Fifty Shades of Grey, according to Variety magazine.

Jamie Dornan Credit: Matt Crossick/Matt Crossick/Empics Entertainment

The vacancy to play Christian Grey arose after Charlie Hunnam dropped out of the project citing clashes with his filming schedule.

Jamie is perhaps best known for playing the serial killer in the BBC series The Fall. The Northern Irish actor has also modelled for Calvin Klein, Christian Dior and Armani.

He will star opposite Dakota Johnson, who is playing the novel's heroine Anastasia Steele.