Jamie Dornan has opened up about upcoming Irish rom-com Wild Mountain Thyme, saying "it had this other-worldly quality to it."

Written and directed by Oscar-winning Moonstruck writer John Patrick Shanley, the film is based on his play Outside Mullingar, which ran on Broadway in 2014.

It stars Emily Blunt and Jamie Dornan as Rosemary and Anthony, two star-crossed lovers in the west of Ireland who are destined to be together.

Speaking about the new movie with PA's Georgia Humphreys, he said: "It had this other-worldly quality to it; it's this sort of heightened old-school, fairytale-esque romance.

"And I think it’s easy to say this about work when you’re promoting it, that you’ve never read anything like it before, but I really hadn’t read anything like Wild Mountain Thyme before, and I think I speak for Emily when I say that too.

"They were just such unique, complicated, and really loveable characters who really needed each other for different reasons – and one of them could really see that and the other one couldn’t."

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Dornan said he had lots of research to hand for the part, thanks to living in the Cotswolds with his wife, Amelia Warner, and their three daughters.

"I'm sort of surrounded by farms and by nature and fields and animals," says the star, who’s known for the Fifty Shades film franchise, as well as gritty TV series, The Fall.

"And I’m from Ireland; I didn’t grow up in the city, I grow up in what a lot of people would consider a very rural environment, and my mum’s family were pig farmers."

Wild Mountain Thyme will be available to rent in Ireland from Friday, April 30.