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British actor Charlie Hunnam, 33, was just officially cast as Christian Grey in the Fifty Shades of Grey series.

Many fans know him as Jax from Sons of Anarchy — or remember him as Nicholas Nickleby, or Nathan in Queer as Folk, Lloyd in Undeclared, or Raleigh in the new film Pacific Rim— but he's probably going to become a big sex symbol once Fifty Shades is released next August.

So … does he have a girlfriend?

Credit: Frank Ockenfels/FX ©2012 Fox Broadcasting Co. Photo: Charlie Hunnam: Jax Teller on Sons of Anarchy

As of now — yep! Sorry. In fact, just a couple of months ago he told Britain's 7 Nights magazine (via SFGate) that he and his girlfriend, jewelry designer Morgana McNelis, had moved to the country to be farmers.

“I don’t go to parties – I don’t shuck (sic) and jive it up with the Hollywood crowd,” Charlie said. “None of that crap interests me at all, and actually, my girlfriend and I just bought a ranch, so we are getting out of Hollywood completely. It’s in California. We’ve got 30 chickens and a couple of donkeys, a couple of ducks and we’ve got a big, organic garden. We are going to try to live a bit more sustainably.”

Sounds pretty great, but being Christian will definitely put him square in the Hollywood eye, so he may have less privacy to hang out with the chickens.

Charlie and Morgana have reportedly been dating since 2007. He was married to actress Katharine Towne (daughter of screenwriter Robert Towne) after meeting her at a 1999 audition for Dawson's Creek. (!) They only dated for four weeks, then married in Las Vegas and divorced in 2002. "Yep, three, horrible, tumultuous, violent years," Charlie joked of the marriage in a 2010 interview with The Independent. "She was beating me up! … We were really good friends and remain really good friends. And I'm still close with all of her family. But we were just horrible partners."

Things seem to be going much better with Morgana. Good luck to them as they go through the Fifty Shades experience together!

Head here for photos of Charlie with Morgana and Katharine, and basically his history up to this point.

Sources: SFGateThe Independent, ContactmusicMaison de Morgana, Showbiz Geek


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