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Dominic West

Dominic West
Born Dominic Gerard Francis Eagleton West
(1969-10-15) 15 October 1969
Sheffield, Yorkshire, England
Occupation Actor, musician, director
Years active 1991–present
Spouse(s) Catherine FitzGerald (m. 2010)
Children 5

Dominic Gerard Francis Eagleton West[2] (born 15 October 1969) is an English actor, musician, and director. He is best known for portraying Detective Jimmy McNulty in the HBO drama series The Wire, and won the award for Leading Actor at the 2012 British Academy Television Awards for portraying serial killer Fred West in Appropriate Adult.[3]

He currently stars as Noah Solloway on the Showtime drama series, The Affair, for which he has received a Golden Globe nomination.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
    • Film and TV 2.1
    • Theatre 2.2
    • Advertising 2.3
  • Personal life 3
  • Honours 4
  • Filmography 5
    • Film 5.1
    • Television 5.2
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Early life

West was born into a

Preceded by
Patrick Brennan
Henry VII actor
Succeeded by
Aidan Quinn
Preceded by
Ross Yearsley
Lysander actor
(from A Midsummer Night's Dream)

Succeeded by
Ashley Wood
Preceded by
Martin Hyder
Oliver Cromwell actor

External links

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  3. ^ "Television Awards Winners in 2012 - TV Awards - Television - The BAFTA site". Retrieved 2014-08-26. 
  4. ^ "Dominic West". 
  5. ^ a b c Andrew Anthony (26 October 2008). "Andrew Anthony talks to actor Dominic West | Television & radio | The Observer". London: Guardian. Retrieved 2012-03-10. 
  6. ^ Wilde, Jon (19 July 2009). "Taking it to The Wire with Dominic West". London:  
  7. ^ "WEST Moya : Death notice". 
  8. ^ Gliatto, Tom (5 August 2002). "Deceptive Detective".  
  9. ^ Philby, Charlotte (21 March 2009). "My Secret Life: Dominic West, actor, 39". London:  
  10. ^ Emily Sheridan (9 March 2012). "Dominic West: 'Old Etonian is a stigma slightly above paedophile' | Mail Online". London: Retrieved 2012-03-10. 
  11. ^ "Dominic West, Class of 1995".  
  12. ^ Levinson, Paul; "McNulty on his fine Baltimore accent" (Retrieved: 26 August 2009)
  13. ^ Rohrer, Finlo; Fraser, Katie (30 January 2009). "UK | Magazine | The good, the bad and the mangled". BBC News. Retrieved 2012-03-10. 
  14. ^ The Wire': The Dominic West perspective -"'". Los Angeles Times. 17 February 2008. 
  15. ^ "Official Domestic One-Sheet: Neil Marshall's Centurion". Retrieved 2010-10-07. 
  16. ^ "Early Sales Art: The Awakening". 14 May 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-07. 
  17. ^ The Wire' star Dominic West on Eminem's 'obsessive' love of the show"'". Entertainment Weekly. 28 May 2009. Retrieved 3 March 2012. over the phone from London in January while Em was in a Miami studio. 
  18. ^ "Drama on 3". BBC Radio 3. 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-09. 
  19. ^ "Jump for Latest Centurion Clip". 22 March 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-07. 
  20. ^ "TV portrayal of killer leaves daughter scared".  
  21. ^ Ryan, Maureen (3 August 2012). Game Of Thrones': Dominic West Of The 'Wire' Rejected A Role On The HBO Drama"'". Huffington Post. 
  22. ^ "Dominic West on playing Edward Voysey - What's On Extras". National Theatre. Retrieved 2012-03-10. 
  23. ^ Spencer, Charles (14 October 2009). ""Telegraph Review of "Life is a Dream"". London: Retrieved 2010-10-07. 
  24. ^ Thorpe, Vanessa (20 February 2011). "Dominic West to revive classic stage role". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-05-04. 
  25. ^ Benedictus, Leo (22 September 2011). "What to say about ... Othello with Dominic West and Clarke Peters". London: the Guardian. Retrieved 2011-09-29. 
  26. ^ BWW News Desk. "Crucible's MY FAIR LADY, Starring Dominic West and Carly Bawden, Aiming for West End, May 2013?". 
  27. ^ "Dominic West reads sexy scenes" 8 July 2009 (Retrieved: 26 August 2009)
  28. ^ "Andrew Anthony talks to actor Dominic West | Television & radio | The Observer".  
  29. ^ "Wire actor West marries long-term Irish partner | Irish Examiner". 28 June 2010. Retrieved 2012-03-10. 
  30. ^ "Dominic West is a dad again". Express. 19 August 2013. Retrieved 25 September 2014. 
  31. ^ Kay, Richard (5 March 2009). "Party over for fixer to the stars". The Daily Mail (London). Retrieved 25 December 2009. 
  32. ^ Clark, Sarah (1 April 2012). "Superstar actor back in Sheffield for role that's close to his heart". ITV. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 
  33. ^ "Prince Harry completes South Pole charity trek". Daily News (New York). 15 December 2013. Retrieved 15 December 2013. 
  34. ^ "Celebrities' open letter to Scotland – full text and list of signatories | Politics". 2014-08-07. Retrieved 2014-08-26. 
  35. ^ "The Wire star Dominic West to receive honorary degree". BBC News (London). 4 October 2010. 
  36. ^ O'Connell, Edel (23 November 2011). "Wire' star pays tributes to wife as he visits alma mater". Irish Independent (Dublin). 


Year Title Role Notes
1998 Out of Hours Dr. Paul Featherstone Television movie
1999 A Christmas Carol Fred Television movie
2001 The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby Sir Mulberry Hawk Television movie
2002–2008 The Wire Detective Jimmy McNulty 60 episodes
Won—Crime Thriller Awards Best Actor (2008)
2006 The Catherine Tate Show Actor Episode: "#3.5"
2008 The Devil's Whore Oliver Cromwell 4 episodes
2009 Breaking the Mould Howard Florey Television movie
2011–2012 The Hour Hector Madden 12 episodes
Broadcasting Press Guild Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Movie/Miniseries Actor (2013, 2014)
2011 Appropriate Adult Fred West 2 episodes
2013 Burton & Taylor Richard Burton Television movie
Nominated—British Academy Television Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
2014–present The Affair Noah Solloway 14 episodes
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama


Year Title Role Notes
1991 3 Joes Joe Smoker Short film
1995 Richard III Henry, Earl of Richmond
1996 True Blue Donald Macdonald
1996 Surviving Picasso Pablo Picasso
1996 E=mc2 Spike
1997 The Gambler Alexei
1997 Diana & Me Rob Naylor
1997 Spice World Photographer
1999 A Midsummer Night's Dream Lysander
1999 Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace Palace Guard
2000 28 Days Jasper
2001 Rock Star Kirk Cuddy
2002 Ten Minutes Older Young Man
2002 Chicago Fred Casely Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated—Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
2003 Mona Lisa Smile Bill Dunbar
2004 The Forgotten Ash Correll
2006 Stingray Luther Short film
2007 Hannibal Rising Inspector Popil
2007 300 Theron
2008 Hold On Delivery Man Short film
2008 Punisher: War Zone Billy Russotti/Jigsaw
2010 Centurion General Titus Flavius Virilus
2010 Jackboots on Whitehall Fiske Voice
2010 Words of the Blitz Sir John Colville
2010 From Time to Time Caxton
2011 Johnny English Reborn Simon Ambrose
2011 Arthur Christmas Lead Elf Voice
2011 The Awakening Robert Mallory
2012 John Carter Sab Than
2013 Boy Cried Wolf Hughie Short film
2014 Pride Jonathan Blake
2015 Testament of Youth Mr. Brittain
2016 Finding Dory TBA Voice
2016 Genius Ernest Hemingway Filming
2016 Money Monster Walt Camby Filming




In August 2014, West was one of 200 public figures who were signatories to a letter to The Guardian opposing Scottish independence in the run-up to September's referendum on that issue.[34]

West was the leader of Team Canada/Australia for Walking With The Wounded, a fundraising event for wounded soldiers. He trekked to the South Pole against Team UK (led by Prince Harry) and Team America (led by Alexander Skarsgård). A few days into the trek, it was decided that the competition part of the race would be cancelled due to hazardous terrain and weather conditions, so the teams combined forces and continued. Alongside Harry, Skarsgård, and several wounded soldiers, West successfully made it to the South Pole on 13 December 2013.[33]

West has become a supporter of care charity Helen's Trust in response to their assistance to his mother prior to her death.[32]

West later rekindled his romance with landscape designer Catherine FitzGerald whom he had dated at university. West and FitzGerald married in Glin, County Limerick, Ireland, on 26 June 2010.[29] They have four children together: Dora, Senan, Francis and Rose.[30] FitzGerald is an Anglo-Irish aristocrat, the daughter of Desmond FitzGerald, 29th Knight of Glin, and was formerly married to Edward Lambton, 7th Earl of Durham.[5][31]

In 1998, West and his then-girlfriend Polly Astor (the daughter of Michael Astor) had a daughter named Martha.[28] The two broke up when Martha was three.

Personal life

In 2009, West starred in a series of online films known as "The Carte Noire Readers". Made to promote French coffee brand Carte Noire, they consist of actors reading love scenes from a selection of sources. West reads extracts from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen; Lady Chatterley's Lover by D.H. Lawrence; High Fidelity by Nick Hornby; The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton; Life Class by Pat Barker; The Moment You Were Gone by Nicci Gerrard; and Something Childish But Very Natural by Katherine Mansfield.[27]


In 2015 he will star alongside Janet McTeer and Michelle Dockery in Les Liaisons Dangereuses at the Donmar Warehouse in London.

From mid December 2012 to January 2013, West starred as Professor Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield.[26]

He took the title role in Simon Gray's classic comedy, Butley, playing at the Duchess Theatre in London from 1 June 2011.[24] In the September he returned to his native Sheffield to play Iago to his former Wire co-star Clarke Peters's Othello at the Crucible Theatre.[25]

As a theatre actor, West has played Edward in Harley Granville Barker's The Voysey Inheritance directed by Peter Gill at the Royal National Theatre in 2006.[22] Around 2009, he starred at London's Donmar Warehouse as the protagonist in Helen Edmundson's adaptation of Pedro Calderon de la Barca's existential drama Life Is a Dream, for which he received glowing reviews.[23]


West stars as Noah Solloway on Showtime's series The Affair, which premiered October 2014. The series is renewed for a second season in 2015.

He played the role of the gay activist Jonathan Blake in the 2014 film Pride about the 1984-1985 miners strike in the UK.

In 2012, West was offered a role in the HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones, but turned it down due to the amount of time he would have to spend away from his family.[21]

In 2011, West appeared as a news presenter on the BBC-TV period drama series The Hour. He also played serial killer Fred West in the ITV two-part series Appropriate Adult, giving a performance that the serial killer's daughter described as capturing the "evil essence of [Fred West] - his character, his mannerisms, even his gait."[20]

In December 2009, West starred as Hank in a radio adaptation of Eugene O'Neill's expressionist play The Hairy Ape for BBC Radio 3,[18] was a guest presenter on the BBC show Have I Got News for You, and ended the year alongside Joan Rivers and Sarah Jessica Parker with an appearance on Graham Norton's New Year's Eve Show.[19]

West has done other work on TV and radio. He appeared in the role of Oliver Cromwell in the Channel 4 series The Devil's Whore. He also performed as "Dr. West", the opening track on Eminem's 2009 album Relapse, as a doctor discharging Eminem from a rehab facility. West played the part over the phone in January 2009 while Eminem was recording it in a Miami studio.[17]

West starred as Lysander in the 1999 film version of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. In feature films, he portrayed the heavy metal guitarist Kirk Cuddy in the 2001 film Rock Star. In 2006 West made a guest appearance as an actor in a sketch in The Catherine Tate Show, alongside "Frankie Howerd impressionist". In 2007, he played the Spartan politician Theron in 300 and a detective in Hannibal Rising. West played the supervillain, Jigsaw, in the 2008 film Marvel's Punisher: War Zone. In 2010 he had a role as General Virilus in Neil Marshall's adventure thriller Centurion.[15] West stars in the UK ghost film, The Awakening.[16]

During his stint on The Wire, West directed the season 5 episode "Took".[14]

West's screen appearances include True Blue, Chicago, Richard III, and Mona Lisa Smile. His most notable television role has been as the American police detective Jimmy McNulty on the HBO television police drama The Wire, set in Baltimore, Maryland. West was praised for the accuracy of his character's American accent.[12][13]

Film and TV

Dominic West in 2008


[11] in 1995.Guildhall School of Music and Drama He graduated from the [10][9][5].Trinity College, Dublin and Eton College He attended [8][7]

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