Jamie Dornan has defended his participation in Gal Gadot's Imagine video, saying that the actress was just trying to "lift people's spirits".

The 37-year-old actor was one of several Hollywood stars who sang John Lennon's Imagine in Gadot's star-studded video in a bid to cheer up those affected by Covid-19, but those involved were criticised for singing about having ''no possessions'' as the world faces a global recession.

Speaking on the Tea With Me podcast, the County Down star said: ''It's a funny thing. Not being on social media, I wasn't really that aware of the negative reaction, but I was made aware quite quickly by some mates. It was early on in the lockdown process. Gal, who arranged it with Kristen Wiig.

''Kristen and I did a movie together last summer that's meant to be coming out this summer on July 31, but who knows what will happen.

"We got on brilliantly. I would do anything for her - that's how highly I think of her. I was the biggest fan of her before anyway. Such a genius. So Kristen texted, 'My friend Gal and I are trying to arrange this thing to lift people's spirits.'''

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The Fifty Shades of Grey actor said he immediately agreed to partake in the video as it seemed like a ''lovely thing to do," but admits he can understand why it upset people.

 ''I'll tell you what the problem was. I literally did mine in the toilet of my house... Quite clearly, some people had escaped to their second home.

"There's too much acreage in the background, too many beautiful trees swaying in the background, clearly in front of an ocean, that sort of craic. I was quite aware of that whenever I was doing it, to make it normal.''

He also revealed that Wiig texted him after the backlash to apologise for getting him involved.

Dornan added:  ''Listen. Break it all down, that's a very well-known, successful, beautiful person, who, I've never met, but everyone I know says she's lovely and she's all about being good and kind.

"She was trying to do a good and kind thing and just got nailed for it. I just got dragged along with it, but listen, what are we going to do.''