Jamie Dornan gave an emotional account of one of the most difficult times of his life — when his mother, Lorna, died of pancreatic cancer when he was just 16 years old. 

The “Fifty Shades of Grey” star told the BBC that he lost his mother “20 years ago last week,” while discussing his new role as patron of a group called NI PanC  that aims to raise awareness about the disease.

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“Horrific- I often say this but
you don’t really know what the effects are of losing someone, particularly when
you’re so young. They are daily and continue to have an effect,” the
36-year-old told the BBC. 

Jamie expressed that one of the most
difficult realizations he has made is that his children are without a
grandparent.

“You never get over it and now
that I have kids myself I see they don’t have a grandmother from my side-
that’s an odd thing,” he explained.

The Irish actor added that he’s happy
to be part of a charity that helps raise awareness
of pancreatic cancer.

 “I’ve always wanted to be
associated to a charity that means something in a major way. It all seemed very
fitting I could do whatever I can to promote awareness of this horrendous
disease.”