He attended and boarded at Methodist College Belfast, where he played rugby and participated in the drama department.Dornan attended Teesside University but dropped out and moved to London to train as an actor. Dornan was the face of the 2007 campaign for men’s cologne Dior Homme. He played a serious level of rugby in his native Northern Ireland. He’s a huge Manchester United fan and is a season ticket holder. Dornan was in a relationship with actress Keira Knightley from 2003 to 2005. They met on the set of an Asprey photo shoot in 2003.