Jamie Dornan has said that he avoids certain places in his native Belfast as he gets recognised there frequently and his fans can sometimes be "a bit hands on".

The 36-yer-old star of the hugely successful Fifty Shades of Grey franchise and BBC psychological thriller The Fall says that although he loves going out in the Northern Irish capital city, he doesn't always appreciate the attention he gets.

The Holywood, County Down born actor told Radio Times magazine: "You know, Belfast is brilliant now. It's got amazing places to eat, the bars have always been brilliant, the people have always been brilliant.

"There are a few places I would avoid a little bit now because I'm probably more recognised at home than anywhere else in the world and sometimes it's, er ... people with a few drinks in them can be ... well, they're a bit hands on."

He added: "You're in a headlock before you know it. I mean it's the most loving headlock you can imagine, but sometimes you're not up for that when all you want is a quiet drink with your mates."

The 36-year-old actor appears in the action adventure Robin Hood, released in cinemas on November 21, and on the small screen alongside The Americans star Matthew Rhys and Kissing Candice actress Ann Skelly in Death and Nightingales, the BBC's three-part series which is based on Irish writer Eugene McCabe's County Fermanagh-set novel.

Dornan reunited with Allan Cubitt, the creator of The Fall, for the series which was filmed in Belfast.

Jamie Dornan said it was "emotional" returning to Belfast to film Death and Nightingales

He said returning to the city was "nostalgic" and" emotional".

"A lot of the most important people in the world to me are there - my dad's still there, my best man, one of my sisters and her family live just down the road from my dad ... I found it very nostalgic and quite emotional at times to be back there", Dornan explained.

"There's maybe a world where I'd move back, but I live in the Cotswolds now and my wife and my kids are English. I like to tell the kids that they're Irish a lot and keep hoping that they'll say the odd word in my accent but ... they haven't yet." 

Death and Nightingales will premiere on RTÉ One on Monday, November 26 at 9.35pm.