Charlie Hunnam has stripped down in a number of roles – from his first major part on the U.K.’s Queer as Folk to his current leading role on FX's Sons of Anarchy – he’s proven himself to be comfortable enough without his shirt on to take on the role of Christian Grey in the Fifty Shades of Grey movie.

In Queer as Folk, Hunnam played Nathan Maloney, a schoolboy who has a one-night stand with the sexually active ad executive Stuart Alan Jones (Aiden Gillen). Following the encounter, Stuart can’t shake the young Nathan. Hunnam believes his time on the show prepared him for Fifty Shades. “My first job was on a Channel 4 miniseries called Queer as Folk. It was incredibly explicit sexual scenes with a man,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “I mean I’m 16 and 17 years wiser now. So if I could do it when I was 18 with a guy, I can certainly do it at 33 with a lady.”

Charlie Hunnam in 'Queer as Folk'


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Since 2008, Hunnam has starred on Sons of Anarchy as the Harley-riding Jax Teller. He often works on his bike with his shirt off, baring his rippling abs and the character's numerous tattoos. Hunnam’s SOA co-stars are thriller for him and think he’s perfect for the role of Christian. “He's one of the hardest workers, he's smart, he's damn sexy, the guy's got it going on,” said Theo Rossi. “He's an actor's actor. He's not one of those half-assed pretty boys; he can act."

Hunnam in 'Sons of Anarchy'

Olivia Wilde, who starred alongside Hunnam in last year’s Deadfall, shared some sex scenes with the British actor. "I'd like to think that our love scenes sort of prepared him for this experience," Wilde told E! online, referring to his recent casting news. "Audiences should just shut up and wait to be surprised, wait to be delighted," she said.

Hunnam in 'Deadfall'

Hunnam is already promising fans that they’ll witness some sparks on the screen between he and Dakota Johnson. On the red carpet for the Sons of Anarchy premiere, the actor recalled a part of the Fifty Shades of Grey casting process. “As soon as we got in the room and started reading with Dakota, I knew that I definitely wanted to do it, because there was a tangible chemistry between us,” he said, according to THR. “It felt kind of exciting and fun and weird and compelling, and so that was it.”

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