West at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival
15 October 1969 |
Sheffield, Yorkshire, England
|Spouse(s)||Catherine FitzGerald (2010–present)|
Dominic Gerard Fe West (born 15 October 1969) is an English actor. He is best known for his role as Detective Jimmy McNulty in the HBO drama series The Wire. In 2012 West won the award for Leading Actor at the Arquiva British Academy Television Awards for his role as serial killer Fred West in Appropriate Adult.
Dominic West was born into an ethnic Irish Catholic family in Sheffield, Yorkshire, the son of Moya and George West. His father owned a plastics factory and his mother was a housewife. West attended Eton College and Trinity College, Dublin. He graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, in 1995.
Film and TV
West made his debut in 1991 in a short called 3 Joes. His other screen appearances include True Blue, Chicago, Richard III (1995 film) 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 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 villain, Jigsaw, in the 2008 film Punisher: War Zone. In 2010 he had a role as General Virilus in Neil Marshall's adventure thriller Centurion. West stars in the UK ghost film, The Awakening.
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.
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, 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.
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."
As a theatre actor, West has appeared as Konstantin in the Peter Hall-directed The Seagull (1996) at the Old Vic. 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. He played Edward in Harley Granville Barker's The Voysey Inheritance directed by Peter Gill at the Royal National Theatre in 2006. 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.
He took the title role in Simon Gray's classic comedy, Butley, playing at the Duchess Theatre in London from 1 June 2011. 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.
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.
In 1998, West and his then-girlfriend Polly Astor (the daughter of Michael Astor) had a daughter named Martha. The two broke up when Martha was three. As an adult, Martha West became an actress, making her screen debut in the 2009 film Creation.
West later rekindled his romance with Catherine FitzGerald, whom he had dated during university. West and FitzGerald married in Glin, County Limerick, Ireland, on 26 June 2010. They have four children together: Dora, Senan, Francis and a daughter in 2013, whose name was not revealed. 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.
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.
Legacy and honors
- In November 2010, West was awarded an honorary degree for services to the Arts by Sheffield Hallam University.
- In November 2011, he was awarded the Honorary Patronage of the Philosophical Society of Trinity College, Dublin, where he had earlier graduated with a degree in English.
|1991||3 Joes||Joe Smoker||Short film|
|1995||Richard III||Henry, Earl of Richmond|
|1996||True Blue||Donald Macdonald|
|1996||Surviving Picasso||Paulo Picasso|
|1997||Diana & Me||Rob Naylor|
|1998||Out of Hours||Dr. Paul Featherstone||Television movie|
|1999||A Midsummer Night's Dream||Lysander|
|1999||Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace||Palace Guard|
|1999||A Christmas Carol||Fred||Television movie|
|2001||The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby||Sir Mulberry Hawk||Television movie|
|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|
|2007||Hannibal Rising||Inspector Popil|
|2008||Hold On||Delivery Man||Short film|
|2008||Punisher: War Zone||Billy/Jigsaw|
|2009||Breaking the Mould||Howard Florey||Television movie|
|2010||Centurion||General Titus Flavius Virilus|
|2010||Jackboots on Whitehall||Fiske|
|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|
|2011||The Awakening||Robert Mallory|
|2012||John Carter||Sab Than|
|2013||Boy Cried Wolf||Hughie||Short film|
|2013||Burton & Taylor||Richard Burton||Television movie
Pending—British Academy Television Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
|2015||Testament of Youth||Mr. Brittain||Filming|
|2002–2008||The Wire||Detective James McNulty||60 episodes|
|2006||The Catherine Tate Show||Actor||Episode: "#3.5"|
|2008||The Devil's Whore||Oliver Cromwell||4 episodes|
|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|
|2014||The Affair||Noah Solloway||Series Regular|
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- "Drama on 3". BBC Radio 3. 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-09.
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- "TV portrayal of killer leaves daughter scared". Yahoo!. Retrieved 25 August 2011.
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- "Dominic West on playing Edward Voysey - What's On Extras". National Theatre. Retrieved 2012-03-10.
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- Crucible's MY FAIR LADY, Starring Dominic West and Carly Bawden, Aiming for West End, May 2013?
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- Clark, Sarah (1 April 2012). "Superstar actor back in Sheffield for role that's close to his heart". ITV. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
- "Prince Harry completes South Pole charity trek". Daily News (New York). 15 December 2013. Retrieved 15 December 2013.
- "Celebrities' open letter to Scotland – full text and list of signatories | Politics". theguardian.com. 2014-08-07. Retrieved 2014-08-26.
- "The Wire star Dominic West to receive honorary degree". BBC News (London). 4 October 2010.
- O'Connell, Edel (23 November 2011). "Wire' star pays tributes to wife as he visits alma mater". Irish Independent (Dublin).
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