Jamie Dornan makes a welcome return tonight to TV in Channel 4’s historical drama New Worlds.

The 31-year-old Down native is hot property and so far best known for his chilling performance as serial killer Paul Spector opposite Gillian Anderson in The Fall, which has just begun filming its second season.

He’s likely to become a global phenomenon when he the appears as playboy Christian Grey in the film adaption of EL James’ smash hit book series Fifty Shades of Grey.

In the meantime, tonight on Channel 4 he stars as the idealistic Abe Goffe, in the historical drama New Worlds, which is set in the 17th Century and is Peter Flannery’s sequel to his English Civil War drama The Devil’s Whore.

The story is set on both sides of the Atlantic, as 'two young men and two young women commit their lives to a fairer future with blood, passion and urgency'.

“Abe is a young, idealistic renegade who is very determined in his fight to make England a true republic and end the tyrannical rule of the Stuarts’ throne,” says Dornan.

“It is a similar fight to that taken up by his father William Goffe who was a real historical figure and one whom Abe idolises. He is trying to uphold the mantel of his father’s campaign and muster up support among others.

“He is headstrong, too much so at times, and is often quick to use his fists but he learns during the course of the drama that there are better paths of action.”

New Worlds begins tonight (April 1) on Channel 4 at 9.00pm.

Here's the trailer: