Jamie Dornan admits he hid away following critical savaging of Fifty Shades of Grey

Mr Dornan, his wife and first born child retreated to a rural hideaway provided by film director

Actor Jamie Dornan retreated with his wife and daughter to a rural hideaway after the release of Fifty Shades of Grey was savaged by critics.

Mr Dornan was offered the home by the film’s director Sam Taylor amid the criticism, enabling him to keep away from the limelight until the reactions died down.

But the 41-year-old The Tourist star told BBC Radio Four’s Desert Island Discs that Fifty Shades, an erotic drama that grossed close to £500 million at the box office worldwide, continues to be mentioned in reviews of his later work.

Mr Dornan, in his interview with Lauren Laverne, also speaks about losing his mother to cancer when a teenager and remembers the loss of four fellow Methodist College pupils who died in a car crash in Donegal in August 1999.

In the interview, the Holywood native describes how he and his wife, the musician Amelia Warner and their first born, Dulcie, made use of a rural retreat following the 2015 film release.

“I was coming off the back of career-altering reviews for The Fall and Bafta nominations and all of this sort of madness … and then I was brought to just ridicule, almost,” Mr Dornan said, adding its box office success somewhat lessened the pain of the critical reception.

“They [the Taylor-Johnsons] let us have their place in the country and we hid there for a while and just shut ourselves from the world for a bit and then came out the other side,” he said.

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