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Also Known As: Died:
Born: October 15, 1969 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Sheffield, England, GB Profession: actor

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Hailing from the stage and screen of his native England, actor Dominic West made a name in the United States playing hard-drinking, anti-authoritarian homicide detective, Jimmy McNulty, on the gritty television crime drama, "The Wire" (HBO, 2002-08). Prior to that critically acclaimed role, West appeared in films like "Richard III" (1995), "Surviving Picasso" (1996) and "The Gambler" (1998). But it was his five years on "The Wire" that perhaps offered him the richest and most compelling performance of his career on a show numerous critics dubbed the greatest series in the history of television. Thanks to the critical adulation heaped upon "The Wire," West nabbed plumber roles in higher-profile movies like "Mona Lisa Smile" (2003) and "The Forgotten" (2004). He had his first major co-starring role in the blockbuster adaptation of Frank Miller's graphic novel, "300" (2007), and continued along in that vein with "Punisher: War Zone" (2008) and "Centurion" (2010). Thanks to a ready charm and comedic flair mixed with serious acting chops, West was an extraordinary talent worthy of attention.

Hailing from the stage and screen of his native England, actor Dominic West made a name in the United States playing hard-drinking, anti-authoritarian homicide detective, Jimmy McNulty, on the gritty television crime drama, "The Wire" (HBO, 2002-08). Prior to that critically acclaimed role, West appeared in films like "Richard III" (1995), "Surviving Picasso" (1996) and "The Gambler" (1998). But it was his five years on "The Wire" that perhaps offered him the richest and most compelling performance of his career on a show numerous critics dubbed the greatest series in the history of television. Thanks to the critical adulation heaped upon "The Wire," West nabbed plumber roles in higher-profile movies like "Mona Lisa Smile" (2003) and "The Forgotten" (2004). He had his first major co-starring role in the blockbuster adaptation of Frank Miller's graphic novel, "300" (2007), and continued along in that vein with "Punisher: War Zone" (2008) and "Centurion" (2010). Thanks to a ready charm and comedic flair mixed with serious acting chops, West was an extraordinary talent worthy of attention.

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 John Carter (2012)
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 Arthur Christmas (2011)
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 Centurion (2010)
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 Hannibal Rising (2007)
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 300 (2007)
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 Forgotten, The (2004) Ash
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 Chicago (2003) Fred Casely
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Began acting in amateur stage productions as a child because his mother and oldest sister were involved in local amateur theatricals
1995:
Made big screen debut in the Oxford University-set British drama "Wavelength"
1995:
Acted on stage in England at the Almeida Theatre in Sean O'Casey's "The Plough and the Stars"
1996:
Featured in the film adaptation of "Richard III", starring Ian McKellen
1996:
Starred as team president Donald MacDonald, in the Oxford University 1987 boat race-themed drama "True Blue"
1996:
Played Paulo Picasso in Merchant-Ivory's "Surviving Picasso"
1997:
Starred in the Peter Hall-directed productions of "Cloud Nine" and "The Seagull" at London's Old Vic
1997:
Starred alongside Polly Walker in the inside-the-novel portions of the British film "The Gambler", chronicling Dostoyevsky's writing of the titular classic
1997:
Co-starred with Toni Collette as an ambitious British paparazzo in the Australian romantic comedy "Diana & Me"
1998:
Had a cameo role as a photographer in the mockumentary "Spice World"
1999:
Played Lysander, lover of Hermia (Anna Friel) and rival of Demetrius (Christian Bale), in "William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream"
1999:
Had a small, one-line role as a palace guard in the blockbuster prequel "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace"
1999:
Spent five months (August to December) in the London production of "De La Guarda"
1999:
Played Scrooge's nephew Fred in the TNT adaptation of "A Christmas Carol", starring Patrick Stewart
2000:
Was featured as the hard partying British boyfriend of out-of-control writer Gwen (Sandra Bullock) in the rehab-set comedy/drama "28 Days"
2001:
Co-starred alongside Mark Wahlberg and Jennifer Aniston in the comedy "Rock Star", playing a guitarist for a popular hard rock band
2001:
Co-starred with Alan Cumming and Jennifer Ehle in the Broadway revival of Noel Coward's "Design for Living"
2002:
Co-starred with an ensemble cast on HBO's critically acclaimed urban drama "The Wire"
2003:
Played the love interest to Julia Roberts character in "Mona Lisa Smile"
2004:
Starred opposite Julianne Moore in the thriller "The Forgotten"
2007:
Cast in Zack Snyder's "300," an adaptation of the Frank Miller graphic novel
2007:
Starred in the crime thriller "Hannibal Rising," about the early years of Hannibal Lecter
2008:
Starred in "Punisher: War Zone"
2008:
Cast in the British Civil War miniseries "The Devil's Whore" (Channel 4)
2010:
Co-starred with Michael Fassbender in the action feature "Centurion"
2011:
Landed lead role as a television news reporter on the BBC espionage series "The Hour"
2011:
Cast opposite Rowan Atkinson in the comedy feature "Johnny English Reborn"
2012:
Co-starred with Taylor Kitsch in sci-fi Western "John Carter"
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Education

Trinity College: - 1993

Notes

Dominic West on his experiences with nudity on the set of "William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream": "It was the first time I'd got everything off. What bothered me is that I was the only one who did. I was looking forward to Anna [Friel] and everyone but they all managed to get out of it and I was terrified! I walked in and thought, 'Fuck it, I'll take off my bathrobe now', and I took it off and everyone pretended that they didn't notice except Anna who just looked at me, pointed and burst out laughing. So I was feeling slightly bruised and then the props guy came over and said 'I didn't realise it was so cold in here, darling.'-- it was utterly humiliating." --quoted in Empire Online, November 12, 1999

West on his miniscule part in "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace": "I just wanted to meet George Lucas and see how these films were made. I got another part as well, but they replaced me with a computer animated droid which they thought said the lines better. It was fun though. It's great to be a part of a legend like that." --quoted in Empire Online, November 12, 1999

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