Dominic Gerard Francis Eagleton West
15 October 1969
|Alma mater||Trinity College Dublin (MA)|
Guildhall School of Music and Drama (MA)
Dominic Gerard Francis Eagleton West (born 15 October 1969) is an English actor, director and musician. He is best known for playing Jimmy McNulty in HBO's The Wire (2002–2008), Noah Solloway in Showtime's The Affair (2014–2019), the latter of which earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama nomination, Ebenezer Scrooge’s nephew Fred in A Christmas Carol (1999, with Patrick Stewart as Scrooge), and Charles, Prince of Wales, in the Netflix drama The Crown (2022–present).
West made his television debut in 1998 BBC medical drama Out of Hours before appearing in the television films A Christmas Carol (1999), and Nicholas Nickleby (2001). His breakthrough came with the role of Detective Jimmy McNulty in the HBO series The Wire (2002–2008). He then starred in BBC series The Hour (2011–2012) earning a Golden Globe Award nomination. He received a BAFTA Award for his performance as the serial killer Fred West in the ITV drama Appropriate Adult (2011) and a nomination for his portrayal as Richard Burton in BBC Four's Burton & Taylor (2013). He played Jean Valjean in the 2018 BBC miniseries Les Misérables. He has since starred in the Netflix series Stateless (2020), and the Amazon Studios The Pursuit of Love (2021). West is currently playing the role of Dr Chris Cox in the Sky One series Brassic (2019–present).
His film debut came with his portrayal of Henry, Earl of Richmond in Ian McKellen's adaptation of Richard III (1995). He has since appeared in Chicago (2002), Mona Lisa Smile (2003), 300 (2007), Punisher: War Zone (2008), John Carter (2012), Pride (2014), Testament of Youth (2014), Money Monster (2016), Genius (2016), The Square (2017), Tomb Raider (2018), Colette (2018), and Downton Abbey: A New Era (2022).
Dominic Gerard Francis Eagleton West was born on 15 October 1969 in Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire. He is the sixth of seven siblings (five girls and two boys) born into a family of Irish descent; his maternal grandparents were born in Ireland, while his paternal grandmother was Irish-American. His mother, Pauline Mary (née Cleary), was an actress, and his father, Thomas George Eagleton West, owned a plastics factory. He is the first cousin once removed of American politician Thomas Eagleton. West attended Eton College, and then following a gap year during which he spent four months working as a cattle herder in Argentina, he studied English literature at Trinity College Dublin, graduating in 1993. He graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1995.
Film and television
West's screen appearances include True Blue, Chicago, Richard III, and Mona Lisa Smile. His most notable television role has been starring in The Wire as Baltimore police detective Jimmy McNulty. West was praised for the accuracy of his character's American accent. His debut as a director was while being on The Wire; he directed the episode "Took" (2008). West starred as Lysander in the 1999 film version of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. That same year, he appeared as Fred in A Christmas Carol. In feature films, he portrayed the heavy metal guitarist Kirk Cuddy in the 2001 film Rock Star. West played Fred Casely in the 2002 film Chicago.
In 2006 West played the Spartan politician Theron in 300 and made a guest appearance as an actor in a sketch in The Catherine Tate Show, alongside "Frankie Howerd impressionist". In 2007 he played Detective Poppil in Hannibal Rising. West played the disfigured 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. West starred 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 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 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."
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. He played gay activist Jonathan Blake in the 2014 film Pride about the 1984–1985 UK miners' strike. West starred as Noah Solloway on Showtime's series The Affair, which premiered October 2014. The series was renewed for a fifth season in 2018.
In 2018 it was reported that West was represented by Tavistock Wood Management. That year he appeared in Colette as the eponymous writer's husband, Willy. In 2019, West played the role of Jean Valjean in the BBC's adaptation of Victor Hugo's novel Les Misérables. Also in 2019, West appeared in Sky One's series Brassic, in the recurring role of Dr. Chris Cox. In October 2020, West entered negotiations to play Charles, Prince of Wales in the final two seasons of The Crown. His casting was confirmed in April 2021. That same month, West joined the cast of the 2022 film Downton Abbey: A New Era.
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. Around 2009, he starred at London's Donmar Warehouse as the protagonist in Helen Edmundson's adaptation of Pedro Calderón de la Barca's existential drama Life Is a Dream, for which he received glowing reviews.
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 and acting through the commitment of justice. 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.
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.
In 1999, West and his then-girlfriend, Polly Astor, had a daughter named Martha, who is an actress. West later rekindled his romance with Catherine FitzGerald, whom he had dated at university. The two married in Glin, County Limerick on 26 June 2010, and have four children: Dora, Senan (who made his screen debut alongside his father in The Crown), Francis, and Christabel.
In August 2014, West was one of 200 public figures who were signatories to a letter to The Guardian expressing their hope that Scotland would vote to remain part of the United Kingdom in September's referendum on that issue.
Following Donald Trump's criticism of Baltimore, Maryland in July 2019, West asked "What would a lonely, hysterical neurotic who uses hand cleanser all day understand about a vibrant community like Baltimore?"
- In November 2010, West was awarded an honorary degree for services to the Arts by Sheffield Hallam University.
- In July 2018, he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Sheffield.
|1991||3 Joes||Joe Smoker||Short film|
|1995||Richard III||Henry, Earl of Richmond|
|1996||True Blue||Donald Macdonald|
|Surviving Picasso||Paulo Picasso|
|Diana & Me||Rob Naylor|
|1999||A Midsummer Night's Dream||Lysander|
|Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace||Jerus Jannick|
|2001||Rock Star||Kirk Cuddy|
|2002||Ten Minutes Older||Young Man|
|2003||Mona Lisa Smile||Bill Dunbar|
|2004||The Forgotten||Ash Correll|
|2007||Hannibal Rising||Inspector Popil|
|2008||Hold On||Delivery Man||Short film|
|Punisher: War Zone||Billy Russotti / Jigsaw|
|2010||Centurion||General Titus Flavius Virilus|
|Jackboots on Whitehall||Billy Fiske||Voice|
|Words of the Blitz||Sir John Colville|
|From Time to Time||Caxton|
|2011||Johnny English Reborn||Simon Ambrose|
|Arthur Christmas||Lead Elf||Voice|
|The Awakening||Robert Mallory|
|2012||John Carter||Sab Than|
|2013||Boy Cried Wolf||Hughie||Short film|
|Testament of Youth||Mr Brittain|
|Money Monster||Walt Camby|
|2017||The Square||Julian Gijoni|
|Tomb Raider||Lord Richard Croft|
|2022||Downton Abbey: A New Era||Guy Dexter|
|1998||Out of Hours||Dr. Paul Featherstone||6 episodes|
|1999||A Christmas Carol||Fred||Television film|
|2001||Nicholas Nickleby||Sir Mulberry Hawk||Television film|
|2002–2008||The Wire||Detective Jimmy McNulty||56 episodes|
|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 film|
|2011–2012||The Hour||Hector Madden||12 episodes|
|2011||Appropriate Adult||Fred West||2 episodes|
|2013||Burton & Taylor||Richard Burton||Television film|
|2014–2019||The Affair||Noah Solloway||49 episodes|
|2016||Revolting Rhymes||Wolf / Magic Fairy / Giant||Voices; 2 episodes|
|2017||Panorama||Narrator||Voice; Episode: "Germany's New Nazis"|
|2018–2019||Les Misérables||Jean Valjean||6 episodes; also executive producer|
|2019–present||Brassic||Dr. Chris Cox||20 episodes|
|2020||Stateless||Gordon Masters||6 episodes|
|2021||The Pursuit of Love||Uncle Matthew||3 episodes|
|2022–present||SAS: Rogue Heroes||Lieutenant Colonel Dudley Clarke||Miniseries|
|2022–present||The Crown||Charles, Prince of Wales||Main role (Seasons 5–6)|
Awards and nominations
|Year||Award||Category||Title of project||Result||Ref.|
|2002||Critics' Choice Movie Award||Best Acting Ensemble||Chicago||Won|
|Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Ensemble in a Motion Picture||Won|
|Crime Thriller Awards||Best Actor||The Wire||Won|
|2011||BAFTA Award||Best Actor||Appropriate Adult||Won|
|Crime Thriller Awards||Best Actor||Nominated|
|Royal Television Society Award||Best Actor||Nominated|
|2012||Broadcasting Press Guild Award||Best Actor||The Hour||Won|
|Golden Globe Award||Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film||Nominated|
|2013||BAFTA Award||Best Actor||Burton & Taylor||Nominated|
|Satellite Award||Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Film||Nominated|
|Critics' Choice Television Award||Best Miniseries Actor||The Hour||Nominated|
|2015||Golden Globe Award||Best Actor – Television Series Drama||The Affair||Nominated|
|Satellite Award||Best Actor in a Television Series - Drama||Won|
|2023||Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||The Crown||Pending|
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- West's paternal grandfather, Sir Harold Ernest Georges West (1894–1968), was an industrialist; by virtue of his marriage to Winifred Mary, daughter of Thomas Eagleton, of St Louis, Missouri, West's first cousin once removed was the American senator and 1972 Democratic vice-presidential nominee Thomas Eagleton. Sir Harold and Winifred West's daughter Gloria married Hugh Clifford Holmes, son of senior Army officer Sir Noel Holmes.
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- "Official Domestic One-Sheet: Neil Marshall's Centurion". Dreadcentral.com. 28 September 2012. Retrieved 19 April 2016.
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over the phone from London in January while Em was in a Miami studio.
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- "Colette". IMDB. Retrieved 28 October 2020.
- "BBC One - Les Miserables - Jean Valjean". bbc.co.uk. 14 January 2019. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
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- Hill, Erin (7 April 2021). "The Crown Season 5 to Begin Filming in July with All-New Cast". People Magazine. Retrieved 8 April 2021.
- Ravindran, Manori (7 April 2021). "'The Crown' Season 5 to Start Filming in July (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 16 January 2023.
- Wiseman, Andreas (19 April 2021). "'Downton Abbey 2' Sets Release Date As Production Gets Underway With Original Cast Back & Dominic West Among New Additions". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 19 April 2021.
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- "Dominic West's son makes his acting debut beside his real-life father in The Crown". Tatler. 11 November 2022. Retrieved 19 November 2022.
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- "Dominic West joins David Simon in condemning 'racist moron' Trump". The Guardian. 28 July 2019. Retrieved 17 November 2022.
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