Dominic West

Dominic West

West in 2011
Born Dominic Gerard Francis Eagleton West
(1969-10-15) 15 October 1969
Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Residence Hammersmith, London, England
Education Eton College
Trinity College, Dublin
Alma mater Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Occupation Actor, musician, director
Years active 1991–present
Spouse(s) Catherine Fitzgerald (m. 2010)
Children 3
Dominic West's voice.
From Front Row Interviews, July 2011[1]

Dominic Gerard Francis Eagleton West[2] (born 15 October 1969)[3] 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 British Academy Television Award for Best Actor at the 2012 British Academy Television Awards for portraying serial killer Fred West in Appropriate Adult.[4] He stars as Noah Solloway on the Showtime drama series, The Affair, for which he has received a Golden Globe nomination.[5]

Early life

West was born and brought up in Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire, the sixth of seven siblings (five girls and two boys) in a Roman Catholic family, largely of Irish descent.[6][7][8] His mother, Pauline Mary "Moya" (née Cleary), was an actress, and his father, Thomas George Eagleton West, owned a plastics factory.[9] West attended Eton College and Trinity College, Dublin.[9][10] He graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1995.[11]



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. West was praised for the accuracy of his character's American accent.[12][13] During his stint on The Wire, West directed the season 5 episode "Took".[14]

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.[15] 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.[16] West stars in the UK ghost film, The Awakening.[17]

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.[18]

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,[19] 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.[20]

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."[21]

In 2012, West was offered the role 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.[22] He played gay activist Jonathan Blake in the 2014 film Pride about the 1984-1985 miners' strike in the UK. West stars as Noah Solloway on Showtime's series The Affair, which premiered October 2014. The series was renewed for a third season in 2015.[15]


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.[23] 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.[24]

He took the title role in Simon Gray's classic comedy, Butley, playing at the Duchess Theatre in London from 1 June 2011.[25] 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.[26]

From mid December 2012 to January 2013, West starred as Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield.[27]

In 2015-16 he starred alongside Janet McTeer in Les Liaisons Dangereuses at the Donmar Warehouse in London.


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.

Personal life

In 1998, West and his then-girlfriend Polly Astor (the daughter of Michael Astor) had a daughter named Martha.[28] West rekindled his romance with film producer Catherine Fitzgerald whom he had dated at university. The two married in Glin, County Limerick on 26 June 2010, and have three children.[29] 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.[9]

West is a supporter of care charity Helen's Trust in response to their assistance to his mother prior to her death.[30]

He led 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.[31]

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.[32]




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 Paulo 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 I – 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
2014 Testament of Youth Mr Brittain
2016 Genius Ernest Hemingway
2016 Money Monster Walt Camby
2016 Finding Dory Rudder Voice


Year Title Role Notes
1998 Out of Hours Dr. Paul Featherstone Television film
1999 A Christmas Carol Fred Television film
2001 The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby Sir Mulberry Hawk Television film
2002–08 The Wire Detective Jimmy McNulty 56 episodes
Crime Thriller Award for Best Actor
2006 The Catherine Tate Show Actor Episode: "No. 3.5"
2008 The Devil's Whore Oliver Cromwell 4 episodes
2009 Breaking the Mould Howard Florey Television film
2011–12 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 film
Nominated—British Academy Television Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
2014–present The Affair Noah Solloway 24 episodes
Satellite Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama
Pending—Satellite Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama


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