'It’s been a brutal time': Jamie Dornan details being trapped in quarantine in Australia while his father died of Covid in Dubai as actor describes 2021 as the 'worst and hardest' year of his life

  • The actor, 39, was isolating in a hotel ahead of filming The Tourist in Australia and had four days left of his quarantine when he received the devastating news 
  • With travel and quarantine restrictions firmly in place, he was unable to fly back to his native Northern Ireland to be with his family at the heartbreaking time 
  • World renowned obstetrician Jim died in March aged 73 after contracting the virus after going into hospital for a routine knee operation 
  • The Fall actor had not seen his father in 18 months due to lockdown and filming
  • With the heartbreaking loss of his father, the 50 Shades Of Grey star admitted that 2021 had become 'the worst year... and the hardest' of his life 

Jamie Dornan has detailed being trapped in quarantine in Australia while his father died of Covid. 

The actor, 39, was isolating in a hotel ahead of filming The Tourist in Australia and had four days left of his quarantine when he received the devastating news that his father Jim had died from coronavirus

But with travel and quarantine restrictions firmly in place, he was unable to fly back to his native Northern Ireland to be with his family at the heartbreaking time, with Jamie describing his 2021 as the 'worst' and hardest' year of his life. 

Tough time: Jamie Dornan has detailed being trapped in quarantine in Australia while his father died of Covid (pictured in October)

Tough time: Jamie Dornan has detailed being trapped in quarantine in Australia while his father died of (pictured in October)

World renowned obstetrician Jim died in March aged 73 after contracting the virus after going into hospital for a routine knee operation. 

And Jamie, who had not seen his father in 18 months due to lockdown and filming, told how he understood the trauma so many people had been through amidst the global pandemic as he coped with his own devastating loss. 

He told The Sun: 'It’s been a brutal time for lots of reasons and for lots of people. We’re all just trying to ride it out and come out the other side — and hope we’ve got our heads intact.'

Sad: The actor, 39, was isolating in a hotel ahead of filming The Tourist in Australia and had four days left of his quarantine when he received the devastating news that his father Jim had died from coronavirus

Sad: The actor, 39, was isolating in a hotel ahead of filming The Tourist in Australia and had four days left of his quarantine when he received the devastating news that his father Jim had died from coronavirus

The leading man has recently won praise for his role in Sir Kenneth Brannagh's Belfast, which portrays one family's experience during The Troubles in Northern Ireland.

And Jim, who was a renowned obstetrician and gynaecologist in Belfast and even had a picture with Kenneth at home, was proud of his son's role in the film, but sadly is no longer around to see it.

With the heartbreaking loss of his father, the 50 Shades Of Grey star admitted that 2021 had become 'the worst year... and the hardest' of his life, adding: 'I’ve been subjected, early on in my life and now, to a lot of pain and loss.'

The early loss he referred to was the death of his mother Lorna from pancreatic cancer when he was just 16, with Jim helping him navigate through the loss by telling his boy: 'Don’t let this be the thing that defines you.'

Stuck: Jamie was forced to continue isolating in his Australian hotel, where he was filming BBC drama The Tourist, after hearing the news of his father (pictured in The Tourist)

Stuck: Jamie was forced to continue isolating in his Australian hotel, where he was filming BBC drama The Tourist, after hearing the news of his father (pictured in The Tourist)

In Jamie's latest film Belfast, set in the 1960s, he plays a character called Pa, who works in England and considers moving his family there amid the conflicts. 

And Jamie admitted that the storyline felt deeply personal to him as it pains him to be away fro his young daughters for a long time.

The actor shares daughters Dulcie, eight, Elva, five, and two-year-old Alberta with wife Amelia Warner, 39, whom he married in 2013.

He said: 'I think I have a real understanding of what it is to go away, often for the benefit of the family — to work, to provide. Every single step I do since becoming a father, my career is for them. That’s all I really care about. I’m so lucky that I have three healthy little girls. I’m just missing them so much.' 

Elsewhere, last month Jamie revealed he was in constant competition with Eddie Redmayne when the pair lived together at the start of their careers.

Rest in peace: World renowned obstetrician Jim died in March aged 73 after contracting the virus after going into hospital for a routine knee operation (Jim pictured in 2018)

Rest in peace: World renowned obstetrician Jim died in March aged 73 after contracting the virus after going into hospital for a routine knee operation (Jim pictured in 2018)

Tragic: Jamie, who had not seen his father in 18 months due to lockdown and filming, told how he understood the trauma so many people had been through amidst the global pandemic as he coped with his own devastating loss (pictured with Kim ans sister Jessica in 2018)

Tragic: Jamie, who had not seen his father in 18 months due to lockdown and filming, told how he understood the trauma so many people had been through amidst the global pandemic as he coped with his own devastating loss (pictured with Kim ans sister Jessica in 2018)

The actor spoke out about their time sharing in Los Angeles in 2009 during an appearance on The Jonathan Ross Show.

The star, who appeared on the show to promote his upcoming mini-series The Tourist, admitted there was some 'jealousy' when they were auditioning for roles but they always wished each other the best of luck.

Appearing via video link to discuss his new show, Jamie said: 'You’d like to think there’s no jealousy, but there’s always friendly competition. 

'[We were] constantly going up for the same thing and preparing each other for auditions and saying, "Good luck, hope it goes well for you there."'

Last January, the duo spoke about their time together - revealing they had so little work when they lived together as roommates that they resorted to making crockery. 

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His girls: 'I think I have a real understanding of what it is to go away, often for the benefit of the family — to work, to provide. Every single step I do since becoming a father, my career is for them. That’s all I really care about'

His girls: 'I think I have a real understanding of what it is to go away, often for the benefit of the family — to work, to provide. Every single step I do since becoming a father, my career is for them. That’s all I really care about'

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Jamie Dornan details being trapped in quarantine in Australia while his father died of covid

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