Jamie Dornan's father Jim dies aged 73 following coronavirus battle

Jamie Dornan’s father Jim dies aged 73 after contracting coronavirus – as tributes pour in for the renowned doctor

  • It was announced on Monday that the renowned professor and former obstetrician and gynaecologist had passed away after contracting coronavirus 
  • Leukaemia & Lymphoma NI confirmed the news on Twitter, writing: ‘Very sad news this morning on the passing of Professor Jim Dornan’ 
  • North Antrim MP Ian Paisley and Nichola Rooney, Chair of Division of Clinical Psychology NI, also confirmed the sad news 
  • Dornan was a renowned obstetrician and gynaecologist, working in the Belfast trust from 1986 to 2012 
  • He later became a professor of Foetal Medicine at Queen’s University Belfast from 1995 to 2012
  • Dornan was also a senior vice-president of the Royal College of Gynaecologists from 2004 to 2006
  • He took a guest role in his son Jamie’s gripping BBC One series The Fall, where he played chief John Porter, in a 2016 episode 
  • He is survived by his wife Samina and three children, Liesa, Jessica, and Jamie  

Jamie Dornan’s father Jim has died aged 73.

It was announced on Monday that the renowned professor and former obstetrician and gynaecologist had passed away after contracting coronavirus. 

Leukaemia & Lymphoma NI confirmed the news on Twitter, writing: ‘Very sad news this morning on the passing of Professor Jim Dornan, a passionate patron, advocate and friend to all at @LAL_NI.

‘Jim was champion for so many small charities and causes in NI and that legacy will live on. Condolences to family and friends at this sad time.’ 

Tragic: Jamie Dornan’s father Jim has died aged 73 

North Antrim MP Ian Paisley and Nichola Rooney, Chair of Division of Clinical Psychology NI, also confirmed the sad news.

Dornan was a renowned obstetrician and gynaecologist, working in the Belfast trust from 1986 to 2012.

He later became a professor of Foetal Medicine at Queen’s University Belfast from 1995 to 2012. Dornan was also a senior vice-president of the Royal College of Gynaecologists from 2004 to 2006.

Dornan also took a guest role in his son Jamie’s gripping BBC One series The Fall, where he played chief John Porter, in a 2016 episode. 

Passed away: It was announced on Monday that the renowned professor and former obstetrician and gynaecologist had passed away after contracting coronavirus  

He is survived by his wife Samina and three children, Liesa, Jessica, and Jamie.  

Paisley said: ‘It is with great sadness that I learnt this morning of the passing of world renowned professor Jim Dornan. I wish to express to his wife Samina and his children Jamie, Liesa, and Jessica my profound sadness. 

‘Jim was a wonderful man, he was engaged in political lobbying and promotion of many medical and non medical issues. Above all he loved Northern Ireland and was so proud of this place. 

‘His ambition, expressed often to me, was to see Northern Ireland and its people flourish and be the best. No obstacle was ever insurmountable for him and he was a great source of encouragement.

Sad: He is survived by his wife Samina and three children, Liesa, Jessica, and Jamie (pictured in 2019) 

‘I will miss our many chats and text messages and his ability to challenge and encourage change.’ 

Rooney, Chair of Division of Clinical Psychology NI, added: ‘The great Prof Jim Dornan. One of a kind. His glass brimmed over.

‘A true visionary. Early 90’s he saw the benefit that Clinical Psychology could bring to the women in RMJH & made it happen. My friend. RIP. Love to Samina, Liesa, Jess & Jamie.’

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