Jamie Dornan has said that it hurts that his late father won't be able to see him in his upcoming movie Belfast.

The Co. Down actor was quarantining in Australia last year when he found out that his father, renowned obstetrician and gynaecologist Jim Dornan, passed away after contracting Covid-19.

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Dornan plays the father in Belfast-born Kenneth Branagh's semi-autobiographical film, which tells the story of a nine-year-old oy growing up in a protestant family during the Troubles. The film also stars Catriona Balfe, Ciarán Hinds and newcomer Jude Hill and is released in Irish cinemas on January 21.

Speaking to The Sunday Times, Dornan said, "It feels very timely and poignant that Belfast is the film I’m talking about now in light of everything that has happened. I feel very connected to my dad through this movie."

Jim Dornan

He added, "For my dad not to be able to see this movie hurts. I take comfort in the fact that he knows I did it.

"Some people go their whole lives without being told, 'You’ve made your parents proud.’ My dad would tell me every day.

Last week Belfast was nominated for seven Golden Globes, including Best Picture, Director, Screenplay, Supporting Actress (Balfe), Supporting Actor (Dornan and Hinds) and Song (Van Morrison).

Dornan can next be seen in The Tourist on BBC One on New Year's Day at 9.00pm.