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Jamie Dornan: I watch Sex And The City for help with erotic scenes

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Jamie Dornan has revealed that he watched Sex And The City to help with raunchy scenes in upcoming Channel 4 drama New Worlds.

While some actors opt for method acting or preparation techniques, the Fifty Shades of Grey star admitted that he and his New Worlds co-star Joe Dempsie drew inspiration from the X-rated shenanigans of Carrie Bradshaw and co. on the landmark HBO series.

"Joe and I watched all the Sex and the City box sets. That helped," the 31-year-old actor told The Sun newspaper.

New Worlds is major new historical drama for Channel 4 and revolves around a storyline of blood, passion and urgency as four young protagonists set around their lives on both sides of the Atlantic in the turbulent 1680s.

As well as Dornan and Dempsie, it stars Skins actress Freya Mavor and Alice Englert ( of Beautiful Creatures).

Dornan revealed that all of the cast clicked with one another on-set, and everyone got involved with the steamier scenes from the four-part drama.

"We had a ball," he said. "It was a good craic."

Jamie Dornan (above) and his co-star Joe Dempsie

Northern Irish star Dornan is set to play the brooding and magnetic Christian Grey in an upcoming film version of EL James' hit best-selling book Fifty Shades of Grey. He will co-star Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele.

"A lot of people care about this book and I’m not under any illusion that they don’t," Dornan said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly about the role. "All I can say is I’m going to do everything in my power to portray Christian Grey as truthfully as possible. I can’t guarantee that’s going to please everyone – just me being cast doesn’t please everyone, but it’s happened and I’m going to give it everything."

Dornan made his breakthrough in Sofia Coppola's 2006 version of Marie Antoinette. But it was his performance as a serial killer in BBC Two series The Fall for which he really found fame and critical acclaim.

He will play Abe Goffe, an idealist "Robin Hood-esque figure" in New Worlds, which begins on Channel 4 on April 1.

Photos: Rex Features and Channel 4

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