Published Sunday, 06 April 2014
Jamie Dornan receives the Rising Star award from Jeremy Irons at the IFTAs 2014 (© Kyran O'Brien/IFTA)
The star of the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey film was named Best Leading Actor in a Television Role for his BBC Series The Fall, in which he plays serial killer Paul Spector, and Rising Star.
His Belfast based crime series, which stars Gillian Anderson as Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson, also collected the awards for Best Drama and best Original Score.
The cast and crew are currently filming the second series in Belfast, as Gibson continues her hunt for the serial killer.
Accepting his first award during the star-studded ceremony, Dornan said The Fall "was the best professional thing that's ever happened to me".
The 31-year-old thanked creator Allan Cubitt and producer Julian Stevens for putting him in the driving seat in what was his first leading acting job in the UK.
He [Cubitt] took a lot of risks and had to convince a lot of people and I am very grateful for that.
The former model later collected this year's Irish Film Board Rising Star Award, which was presented by Jeremy Irons.
It allowed him to thank "other massively important people I forgot to thank before".
"I wanna thank my beautiful family for being really beautiful", said Dornan, telling his wife of one year, singer/songwriter Amelia Warner: "You're the best thing that ever happened to me".
"I wanna thank our baby who is four month old and she's asleep upstairs (...) She's beautiful too."
His baby daughter, whose name he hasn't revealed, was born in Vancouver where he filmed the big screen adaptation of the first Fifty Shades of Grey novel at the end of last year. It is due to be released on Valentine's Day 2015.
Other big IFTA winners on the night were the films Calvary, Byzantium and Philomena which picked up three awards each, including best acting gongs.
Brendan Gleeson was named Best Actor in a leading role for Calvary, while Saoirse Ronan was named Best Actress for Byzantium. Judi Dench was awarded Best International Actress for Philomena.
Michael Fassbender took the award for Best Film Supporting Actor for his recently Oscar-nominated role in 12 Years A Slave, while President Michael D. Higgins received his Honorary IFTA Award for his Outstanding Contribution to the film & television industry.
In the factual category, TV Documentary was won by The Disappeared.
Co-hosted by Simon Delaney and Laura Whitmore, the ceremony was also attended by stars including Colin Farrell, Steve Coogan, Neil Jordan and Amy Huberman.
© UTV News