Jamie Dornan “said sorry” after filming violent scenes in The Fall

"He’s such a nice guy – he’s really warm and lovely," says Valene Kane, who appears as Rose Stagg in the series

He may play a murderous psychopath in The Fall, but when the cameras stop rolling apparently Jamie Dornan couldn’t be more polite – and apologetic.

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This week we saw Dornan’s Paul Spector break into the house of university girlfriend Rose (Valene Kane) after she provided the police with an e-fit of her former lover, violently abducting her and spiriting her away for his own purposes.

But according to Dornan’s co-star, the scenes took their toll on the future Fifty Shades of Grey lead.

“He’d come up to me afterward and say ‘I’m really sorry’” Valene Kane told RadioTimes.com.

“I still think it’s a struggle for him for sure. He’s such a nice guy – he’s really warm and lovely.” 

Of course, The Fall has attracted some criticism for its depiction of violence against women, with the Daily Mail even labelling it “the most repulsive drama ever broadcast” – so how does Dornan deal with such disturbing scenes?

“As a man, I think, when you’re put in a position where you’re constantly having to take advantage of women, you know, hearing women cry and scream – I don’t think he ever found it easy,” Kane said.

She added: “Though if he did, it would be slightly creepy for him and his wife.”

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The Fall returns to BBC2 next Thursday 27th November at 9.00pm