Atheist Jamie Dornan refused to take sides during sectarian problems

Jamie Dornan was reunited with The Fall-maker Allan Cubitt for Death And Nightingales (Ian West / PA)
Jamie Dornan was reunited with The Fall-maker Allan Cubitt for Death And Nightingales (Ian West / PA)

Jamie Dornan refused to choose parties that grew up in the shadow of the Troubles in Northern Ireland.

The actor said that it was impossible not to be influenced by violence and division, and that he understands the dynamics and motivations of the conflict.

Dornan, a devoted atheist, has revealed that he refused to proclaim his loyalty on both sides in the sectarian struggle between Protestant unionists and the largely Catholic nationalists.

The 36-year-old actor has returned to his Northern Irish roots for the upcoming BBC Two period drama Death And Nightingales, which takes place in Fermanagh before the division of Ireland, although it shows the religious and political divisions that would turn into paramilitary violence.

Dornan said that although he had experience with the Troubles, he had no bias to assume his role as a Catholic tenant because he & # 39; fortunately & # 39; had been to mix on both sides of the religious divide as he grew up.

He said, "You can not live and grow up in Northern Ireland at that time, the time I did, and not be affected by the problems, even in the smallest ways.

"Although I think there was no small thing to be honest in any way.

"I understand very well, but I am an atheist and I always grew up, and I have never felt that I have any loyalty on both sides, or much of what drove the situation.

"I was very lucky, I went to a school with a healthy mix of Catholic and Protestant, I could relate to both sides.

"I could find it in my own way because I certainly experienced it."

Dornan plays Liam Ward in the coming drama, a Catholic who comes into conflict with his morally dubious Protestant landlord Billy Winters, played by Matthew Rhys.

Dublin born actress Ann Skelly plays the female lead, Beth Winters, at the heart of the story of love, revenge and betrayal.

Star of Northern Irish drama The Fall, Dornan said he would like to go home to film, especially during an exceptionally sunny summer that caused an idyllic shoot.

He said: "Since season three of the fall I was pretty bad to go home, so having an excuse to be home for the summer was great, I visited parts of the country that I did not know existed.

"I will take every opportunity to work at home, if the role is right, and stories from that part of the world mean a lot to me." It was a joy. "

Dornan was reunited with The Fall-maker Allan Cubitt for Death And Nightingales, which is adapted from the novel of the same name by Eugene McCabe.

The writer and director said that the piece, which takes place in 1885, touches on a troubled Northern Ireland, a region that once again makes the news about possible political divisions.

Cubitt said: "It takes place in the time of the Fenian dynamite campaign.

"It was the time of the beginning of modern terrorism, terrorism as we know it, the struggle of these people who believed that the British should not be in Ireland."

The tensions serve as a backdrop for a drama in which flashbacks are used to tell interwoven family and love stories, while the protagonist, Beth, makes an important decision on her birthday.

Death And Nightingales will be broadcast at 9 pm on Wednesday, November 28th on BBC Two.

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