Anybody who caught Jamie Dornan's chilling portrayal of happily married father/serial-killing psychopath Paul Spector in the first part of new BBC thriller 'The Fall' will have every reason to believe they were watching a seasoned actor at work. But it's not the case.

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Dornan recently told PA that he hoped his role in 'The Fall' would help him lose the tag of 'model', which is a shame because, as our pictures below show, he's done some sterling work in the past.

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Jamie Dornan stars as serial killer Paul Spector in 'The Fall'

Born in Northern Ireland, Dornan first found moderate success as one half of folk music band, Sons of Jim, before finding fame with his looks and becoming one of Calvin Klein's celebrated underwear models, spread across giant-sized billboards with a smouldering Eva Mendes for one of the campaigns.

He's been no stranger to the glamour mags, either, often papped on the arm of Keira Knightley when the pair dated from 2003 to 2005, after meeting on an Asprey photoshoot. He's now engaged to actress and singer Amelia Warner (formerly Mrs Colin Farrell).

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Jamie Dornan and Keira Knightley dated after meeting on a photoshoot in 2003

But Dornan's acting ambitions have been bubbling for a while. In 2006 he appeared in the Sofia Coppola film, 'Marie Antoinette', Hammer Horror production 'Beyond the Rave' in 2008 and 'Shadows in the Sun' in 2009.

His biggest role prior to 'The Fall' was in the US series 'Once Upon A Time', where he played Sheriff Graham. But it seems that it acting out on the opposite side of the law will be what really sends him on his way. Watch this space.

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  • Jamie Dornan with Keira Knightley at Glastonbury

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