Dominic West

Dominic West
West in December 2011
Born Dominic Gerard Francis Eagleton West
(1969-10-15) 15 October 1969
Sheffield, England
Residence Hammersmith, London, England
Education Eton College
Trinity College, Dublin
Alma mater Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Occupation Actor, director, musician
Years active 1991–present
Catherine Fitzgerald
(m. 2010)
Children 5

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 The Wire (2002–2008) and for playing Noah Solloway in The Affair (2014–), the latter of which earned him a Golden Globe nomination.[2] He has won the British Academy Television Award for Best Actor at the 2012 British Academy Television Awards for portraying serial killer Fred West (no relation) in Appropriate Adult (2011).[3]

His film credits include Chicago (2002), 300 (2007), Punisher: War Zone (2008), John Carter (2012), and The Square (2017).

Early life

Dominic Gerard Francis Eagleton West[4] was born on 15 October 1969[5] in Sheffield, where he was raised. He is the sixth of seven siblings (five girls and two boys) born into 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]


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 the American police detective Jimmy McNulty. West was praised for the accuracy of his character's American accent.[12][13] His debut as a director was while being on The Wire; he directed the episode "Took" (2008).[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 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.[16] West starred 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]

In September to October 2012, he starred in Jez Butterworth's The River at the Royal Court Theatre in London with Miranda Raison and Laura Donnelly.[27]

From mid December 2012 to January 2013, West starred as Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield.[28]

In 2015–16 he starred alongside Janet McTeer in Les Liaisons Dangereuses at the Donmar Warehouse in London.[29]


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.[30]


West is a supporter of care charity Helen's Trust in response to their assistance to his mother prior to her death.[31]

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.[32]

Personal life

In 1998, West and his then-girlfriend Polly Astor (the daughter of Michael Astor) had a daughter named Martha.[33] West later 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 four children; Dora, Senan, Francis, and Christabel.[34] Fitzgerald, an Anglo-Irish aristocrat, is the daughter of Desmond FitzGerald, 29th Knight of Glin and was formerly married to Edward Lambton, 7th Earl of Durham.[9]

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.[35]




19913 JoesJoe SmokerShort film
1995Richard IIIHenry, Earl of Richmond
1996True BlueDonald Macdonald
1996Surviving PicassoPaulo Picasso
1997The GamblerAlexei
1997Diana & MeRob Naylor
1997Spice WorldPhotographer
1999A Midsummer Night's DreamLysander
1999Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom MenacePalace Guard
200028 DaysJasper
2001Rock StarKirk Cuddy
2002Ten Minutes OlderYoung Man
2002ChicagoFred CaselyCritics' Choice Movie Award for Best Acting Ensemble
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2003Mona Lisa SmileBill Dunbar
2004The ForgottenAsh Correll
2006StingrayLutherShort film
2007Hannibal RisingInspector Popil
2008Hold OnDelivery ManShort film
2008Punisher: War ZoneBilly Russotti/Jigsaw
2010CenturionGeneral Titus Flavius Virilus
2010Jackboots on WhitehallFiskeVoice
2010Words of the BlitzSir John Colville
2010From Time to TimeCaxton
2011Johnny English RebornSimon Ambrose
2011Arthur ChristmasLead ElfVoice
2011The AwakeningRobert Mallory
2012John CarterSab Than
2013Boy Cried WolfHughieShort film
2014PrideJonathan Blake
2014Testament of YouthMr Brittain
2016GeniusErnest Hemingway
2016Money MonsterWalt Camby
2016Finding DoryRudderVoice
2017The SquareJulian Gijoni
2018ColetteHenry Gauthier-Villars
2018Tomb RaiderLord Croft


1998Out of HoursDr. Paul FeatherstoneTelevision film
1999A Christmas CarolFredTelevision film
2001The Life and Adventures of Nicholas NicklebySir Mulberry HawkTelevision film
2002–2008The WireDetective Jimmy McNulty56 episodes
Crime Thriller Award for Best Actor
2006The Catherine Tate ShowActorEpisode: "#3.5"
2008The Devil's WhoreOliver Cromwell4 episodes
2009Breaking the MouldHoward FloreyTelevision film
2011–2012The HourHector Madden12 episodes
Broadcasting Press Guild Award for Best Actor(2012)
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film (2012)
Nominated—Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Movie/Miniseries Actor (20132014)
2011Appropriate AdultFred West2 episodes
British Academy Television Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Crime Thriller Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Royal Television Society Award for Best Actor
2013Burton & TaylorRichard BurtonTelevision film
Nominated—British Academy Television Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
2014–presentThe AffairNoah Solloway34 episodes
Satellite Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama (2015–2016)
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama (2015)
2016Revolting RhymesWolf / Magic Fairy / GiantVoices
2 episodes
Episode: "Germany's New Nazis"
2018Les MisérablesJean Valjean6 episodes


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