He’s the person women across the globe have been fantasizing about for two years. Now he finally has a face.
Charlie Hunnam, the swashbuckling Brit best known for his role on the gritty FX drama Sons of Anarchy, will play the man of your mother’s dirty dreams in the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey film adaptation. He’s been cast as Christian Grey, wealthy entrepreneur and sexual sensei to young Anastasia Steele, who will be played by Dakota Johnson.
This is all to say that we will soon be seeing Charlie Hunnam have sex. Lots of sex. Lots of kinky sex. He will say things like, “Show me how you pleasure yourself … keep still … let’s see if we can make you come like this … you’re so deliciously wet.” We will blush. Also, we will love it.
Typically, when an actor is cast in the film adaption of a hit novel, the book’s fans are stuck with only the whims of their imaginations to picture what he will look like acting out his role. But thanks to Hunnam’s sex-heavy filmography, Fifty Shades enthusiasts get to preview the actor in all his bare-naked glory. From Queer as Folk to Sons of Anarchy, it’s almost as if Hunnam’s been preparing to play Christian Grey his entire career.
What’s in store when Hunnam stars in Fifty Shades of Grey? Here’s a tour through some of his finest sex work.
(It should go without saying, but these clips are aggressively NSFW.)
Queer as Folk (1999)
In the original British version of Queer as Folk, a very young Charlie Hunnam plays 15-year-old Nathan, a teenager eagerly and nervously exploring gay culture for the first time. As Kyle Buchanan points out at Vulture, it's actually a very Anastasia Steele–like role, as Nathan has his own Christian Grey, the much older Stuart. Stuart’s sexual curriculum includes giving Nathan his first rim job—an education Nathan clearly relishes receiving.
Queer as Folk (1999)
In a far less explicit scene, Nathan gets to show off some of what he’s learned, giving his schoolmate a hand job in the locker room. (A simple "Queer as Folk sex scenes" Google search unleashes a torrent of more of Hunnam's sex scenes from the series.)
For those who like their Charlie Hunnam sex scenes more PG-13, here he is having some intense foreplay with Katie Holmes in the 2002 film Abandon.
On the underrated Judd Apatow gem Undeclared, Hunnam played big campus stud Lloyd, joined in most episodes by a hook-up of the week.
Sons of Anarchy (2008–present)
The decade between Queer as Folk and Hunnam’s gig on Sons of Anarchy as a tatted-up biker allowed the actor to beef up quite a bit, a transformation that paid off especially during his character’s steamy sex scenes. A YouTube fan of the FX series helpfully mashed up most of his sex scenes in one convenient video. The "Sex on Fire" soundtrack is a plus or minus, depending on how you feel about Kings of Leon. The editing out of all the nudity is a minus, no matter how you look at it.
BONUS DAKOTA JOHNSON SCENE! The Five-Year Engagement (2012)
Hunnam's Fifty Shades co-star, Dakota Johnson, has had a far more clothed career thus far. She did, however, play Jason Segel's rebound girl in The Five-Year Engagement, a character whose defining trait was her ability to wear Segel out with her enthusiasm for sex.