The man who was almost the tie-abusing Christian Grey in the “50 Shades” film adaptation has a different article of clothing to thank for his success story. He broke into British TV at 15 when the production manager for long-running “Byker Grove” noticed him in a show store. After moving to Hollywood in 1999, he quickly landed the role of hottie on the short-lived “Dawson’s Creek” CW spinoff “Young Americans”. He also auditioned for a role on the “Creek”, which is where he met Katherine Towne. The pair married in Vegas after dating for only four weeks but divorced in 2002. Don’t get your hopes up as he has been seriously dating jewelry designer Morgana McNelis since 2007. Things started looking up when he joined the Showtime remake of “Queer As Folk” from 1999-2001) and then on Judd Apatow’s well-respected “Undeclared” (2001). The fair-haired face of Emporio Armani’s 2005 ad campaign often gets ugly and angry for roles like “Green Street Hooligans”, “Cold Mountain” and “Children Of Men”, the latter of which required him to learn to ride a motorcycle. That skill came in handy for his star turn as Jax Teller on FX’s critically acclaimed “Sons Of Anarchy” series. In his free time, he has started tinkering with screenwriting successfully. He wrote a screenplay based on the life of Vlad the Impaler, the inspiration for “Dracula”, which is being produced by Brad Pitt’s company, and is currently pounding away on a film about American drug lord Edgar Valdez.
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