Dominic West

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Dominic West
Dominic West1.jpg
Dominic West, September 2008
Born(1969-10-15) 15 October 1969 (age 44)
Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Alma materEton College
Trinity College, Dublin
Years active1991–present
Spouse(s)Catherine Fitzgerald (2010–present)
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Dominic West
Dominic West1.jpg
Dominic West, September 2008
Born(1969-10-15) 15 October 1969 (age 44)
Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Alma materEton College
Trinity College, Dublin
Years active1991–present
Spouse(s)Catherine Fitzgerald (2010–present)

Dominic Gerard Fe West (born 15 October 1969) is an English actor best known for his role as Detective Jimmy McNulty in the HBO drama series The Wire.


Film and TV[edit]

West made his debut in 1991 in a short called 3 Joes.[citation needed] His other screen appearances include True Blue, Chicago and Mona Lisa Smile. His most notable television role has been Baltimore police detective Jimmy McNulty on the HBO television police drama The Wire.

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

In film, 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 and then in 2010 a Roman General in Centurion. West also starred in the 1999 film version of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream as Lysander.

West appeared in the role of Oliver Cromwell in the Channel 4 series The Devil's Whore. West played the villain, Jigsaw, in the 2008 film Punisher: War Zone. He also features in "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.[1]

In December 2009, he starred as Hank in a radio adaptation of Eugene O'Neill's expressionist play The Hairy Ape for BBC Radio 3,[2] 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.[3] West portrayed General Virilus in Neil Marshall's adventure thriller Centurion[4] and stars in the UK Ghost film The Awakening.[5]

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 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."[6]

In 2012, West was offered the part of Mance Rayder 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.[7]


As a theatre actor, West has appeared as Konstantin in the Peter Hall-directed The Seagull (1996) at the Old Vic.[citation needed] In 2005, he returned to the stage to play Orlando in David Lan's As You Like It at the Wyndham's Theatre in London.[citation needed] He played Edward in Harley Granville Barker's The Voysey Inheritance directed by Peter Gill at the Royal National Theatre in 2006.[8] In late 2006 and early 2007, he played the lead role of Jan in Tom Stoppard's Rock 'n' Roll in London's West End.[citation needed]

Continuing his theatre work, he starred at London's Donmar Warehouse as the protagonist in Pedro Calderón de la Barca’s existential drama Life is a Dream, for which he received glowing reviews.[9]

In February 2011, it was announced that he would take on the title role in Simon Gray's classic comedy, Butley, playing at the Duchess Theatre in London from 1 June 2011[10] and 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.[11]

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


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.[12]

Personal life[edit]

West was born into an Irish Catholic family[13][14] in Sheffield, in the West Riding of Yorkshire, the son of George West, who owned a plastics factory, and Moya, a housewife.[15] West attended Eton College and Trinity College, Dublin.[13][16][17] Dominic West graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, in 1995.[citation needed]

In 1998, West and Polly Astor (the daughter of Michael Astor) had a daughter named Martha, who appeared in the film Creation in 2009 alongside Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly.[18][19]

West and Catherine FitzGerald married in Glin, County Limerick, Ireland, on 26 June 2010.[20] They have four children together: Dora, Senan, Francis.[citation needed] Catherine FitzGerald is an Anglo-Irish aristocrat, being the daughter of Desmond FitzGerald, the 29th (and last) Knight of Glin, and was formerly married to Edward Lambton, 7th Earl of Durham.[13][21]

In November 2010, West was awarded an honorary degree for services to the Arts by Sheffield Hallam University,[22] and in November 2011, West was also awarded the Honorary Patronage of the Philosophical Society of Trinity College, Dublin, where he graduated from with a degree in English in previous years.[23]




  1. ^ "'The Wire' star Dominic West on Eminem's 'obsessive' love of the show". Entertainment Weekly. 28. Retrieved 3 March 2012. "over the phone from London in January while Em was in a Miami studio." 
  2. ^ "Drama on 3". BBC Radio 3. 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-09. 
  3. ^ "Jump for Latest Centurion Clip". 22 March 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-07. 
  4. ^ "Official Domestic One-Sheet: Neil Marshall's Centurion". Retrieved 2010-10-07. 
  5. ^ "Early Sales Art: The Awakening". 14 May 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-07. 
  6. ^ "TV portrayal of killer leaves daughter scared". Yahoo!. Retrieved 25 August 2011. 
  7. ^ Ryan, Maureen. "'Game Of Thrones': Dominic West Of The 'Wire' Rejected A Role On The HBO Drama". Huffington Post. 
  8. ^ "Dominic West on playing Edward Voysey - What's On Extras". National Theatre. Retrieved 2012-03-10. 
  9. ^ Spencer, Charles (14 October 2009). ""Telegraph Review of "Life is a Dream"". London: Retrieved 2010-10-07. 
  10. ^ Thorpe, Vanessa (20 February 2011). "Dominic West to revive classic stage role". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-05-04. 
  11. ^ Benedictus, Leo (22 September 2011). "What to say about ... Othello with Dominic West and Clarke Peters". London: the Guardian. Retrieved 2011-09-29. 
  12. ^ "Dominic West reads sexy scenes" 8 July 2009 (Retrieved: 26 August 2009)[dead link]
  13. ^ a b c Andrew Anthony (26 October 2008). "Andrew Anthony talks to actor Dominic West | Television & radio | The Observer". Guardian. Retrieved 2012-03-10. 
  14. ^ Wilde, Jon (19 July 2009). "Taking it to The Wire with Dominic West". London: Daily Mail. Retrieved 19 October 2010. 
  15. ^ Gliatto, Tom (5 August 2002). "Deceptive Detective". People Magazine. Retrieved 31 May 2011. 
  16. ^ Philby, Charlotte (21 March 2009). "My Secret Life: Dominic West, actor, 39". Retrieved 26 August 2009. 
  17. ^ Emily Sheridan (9 March 2012). "Dominic West: 'Old Etonian is a stigma slightly above paedophile' | Mail Online". Retrieved 2012-03-10. 
  18. ^ "Andrew Anthony talks to actor Dominic West | Television & radio | The Observer". London: GMG. 26 October 2008. ISSN 0261-3077. OCLC 60623878. Retrieved 29 January 2012. 
  19. ^ "Dominic West's daughter to make big screen debut | Mail Online". (London). 11 September 2009. Retrieved 29 January 2012. 
  20. ^ "Wire actor West marries long-term Irish partner | Irish Examiner". 28 June 2010. Retrieved 2012-03-10. 
  21. ^ Kay, Richard (5 March 2009). "Party over for fixer to the stars". The Daily Mail (London). Retrieved 25 December 2009. 
  22. ^ "The Wire star Dominic West to receive honorary degree". BBC News (London). 4 October 2010. 
  23. ^ O'Connell, Edel (23 November 2011). "Wire' star pays tributes to wife as he visits alma mater". Irish Independent (Dublin). 

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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