ByVaria Fedko-Blake, writer at Creators.co
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You can't deny that 2015 was definitely the Year of Jamie Dornan. Indeed, the actor's career was elevated to spectacular heights as a result of his epic role as Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey and he hasn't looked back since.

Get to know the man behind the abs and the lingering stare with nine fun facts about the actor you (probably) did not know:

1. He used to be a Calvin Klein model

Jamie Dornan for Calvin Klein
Jamie Dornan for Calvin Klein

Before he got into acting, Jamie actually starred in campaigns for one of the most famous underwear brands ever. The New York Times even dubbed him as "The Golden Torso," something that even he's confused about:

"What does that mean? Is it a color reference? I think it is meant to be a compliment. I hope it is."

2. Eddie Redmayne and Andrew Garfield were once his roommates

The infamous trio
The infamous trio

Apparently, they all met at auditions and have remained close despite their newfound A-list status. Recalling a personal anecdote, Jamie once said:

"We used to go to the Standard Hotel in West Hollywood and split a sandwich between us because that meant we could get cheaper parking."

3. He loves a good beard

Beardy beard beard!
Beardy beard beard!

In fact, he feels quite "uncomfortable" without it. Here's what he once said:

"I feel uncomfortable without it. I find myself moving differently. I don't like myself without a beard."

4. He prepared for his Fifty Shades of Grey role in four weeks

Jamie Dornan with Dakota Johnson
Jamie Dornan with Dakota Johnson

He just didn't have any more time. Speaking about all the bearing flesh in those scenes, he said:

"I think I am like anyone — I have massive hang-ups about my physical appearance."

We're certainly not complaining:

5. He used to date Keira Knightley

Jamie used to date Keira Knightley
Jamie used to date Keira Knightley

They split in 2005 after dating for two years during the height of Keira's swash-bucking days.

6. He absolutely loves being a dad

Jamie with wife Amelia
Jamie with wife Amelia

In February 2015, he was quoted as saying the following about becoming a new parent:

"Becoming a dad is the best thing that ever happened to me -- to us -- and it's an extremely joyful situation. Every day seems to get better and I know it's the most important role in my life. It's an intense role."

7. He's in a band

Singing as part of Sons of Jim
Singing as part of Sons of Jim

Yep, he sings and plays the guitar. Back when he had a little more time, he was even in a band called Sons of Jim. He once said:

"I am such a fan of music and I love it so much, but being in a band takes up so much time and energy and you have to be wholly committed. I didn't feel we were that good as a band and that is not a good energy to have."

8. He's a big player on TV

Jamie Dornan in 'The Fall'
Jamie Dornan in 'The Fall'

Although he may be getting a lot of attention for Fifty Shades, Jamie's actually pretty well known on the small screen. He's appeared in Once Upon A Time and even played a serial killer in Northern Irish Drama The Fall alongside X-Files actress Gillian Anderson.

9. He's great on Twitter

The actor loves to clown around!
The actor loves to clown around!

Throwing out gems like this on the regular:

Let's hope upcoming sequel Fifty Shades Darker plays up the hype!

What's your favorite thing about Jamie Dornan?

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