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Dominic West





His role as Sandra Bullock's egotistical, self-absorbed fiancé offering audiences a hilarious glimpse of the handsome actor's notable comic talents, actor Dominic West has since gone on to display his versatility in such notably diverse projects as the acclaimed HBO series The Wire and director Rob Marshall's Best Picture-winning musical Chicago (2000). Born into a family of seven children in Sheffield, England, West's father was the owner of a plastics manufacturing plant and his mother a homemaker with a taste for the theater. At first employed in such unglamorous positions as that of a cattle herder in Argentina, it wasn't long before West enrolled in Dublin's Trinity College and graduated with a B.A. in English Literature. His love of acting propelled him next to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and West graduated from the prestigious school in 1995. Though he had previous acting experience in a few minor film roles, it was the late '90s that found West's career truly beginning to bloom. A small role in Spice World was followed by a notable performance in the British miniseries Out of Hours (1998), and after minor roles in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Star Wars: Episode 1 -- The Phantom Menace (both 1999), he got his big feature break with 28 Days Later. As the millennium turned, so did West's career; in 2001, he took to the screen with Mark Wahlberg in the musical drama Rock Star. Cast in the lead of HBO's The Wire shortly thereafter, the show debuted in 2002 to glowing critical reviews. On that program, West played Detective Jimmy McNulty, a gifted yet defiantly individualistic Irish-American detective with the Baltimore Police Department whose penchant for subverting the traditional methods of police investigations consistently threatened to get him in hot water. The program's five seasons (all of which featured McNulty in a significant capacity) found the character (among other subplots) attempting to bring down the elusive Barksdale drug ring, aggressively attempting to solve an enigmatic series of murders, and struggling with alcoholism, as he juggled a romantic relationship with Port Authority officer Beattie Russell (Amy Ryan).



Following a pair of memorable performances in Chicago and Mona Lisa Smile (2003), West appeared in director Joseph Ruben's supernatural thriller The Forgotten in 2004.

He subsequently played a police inspector in the gory thriller Hannibal Rising (2007) and a devious political leader in the period epic 300 (2007). His big-screen career continued with Punisher: War Zone,Arthur Christmas, Johnny English Reborn, and John Carter, while he continued his well-respected television career by starring in The Hour.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
94% Finding Dory
  • Rudder
2016
51% Genius
  • Ernest Hemingway
2016
No Score Yet National Theatre Live: Les Liaisons Dangereuses
  • Actor
2016
83% Testament Of Youth
  • Mr. Brittain
2015
92% Pride
  • Jonathan
2014
No Score Yet The Dambusters' Great Escape: Secret History
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet The UK Gold
  • Actor
2013
100% Burton And Taylor
  • Richard Burton
2013
61% The Awakening
  • Robert Mallory
2012
51% John Carter
  • Sab Than
2012
No Score Yet What You Will
  • Actor
2012
92% Arthur Christmas
  • Lead Elf
2011
39% Johnny English Reborn
  • Special Agent Simon Ambrose
2011
59% Centurion
  • General Titus Virilus
2010
47% Jackboots on Whitehall
  • Billy Fiske
2010
43% From Time to Time
  • Caxton
2009
27% Punisher: War Zone
  • Bill Russoti/Jigsaw
2008
60% 300
  • Theron
2007
15% Hannibal Rising
  • Inspector Popil
2007
31% The Forgotten
  • Ash Correll
2004
35% Mona Lisa Smile
  • Bill Dunbar
2003
86% Chicago
  • Fred Casely
2002
No Score Yet Ten Minutes Older
  • Actor
2002
52% Rock Star
  • Kirk Cuddy
2001
No Score Yet Time After Time
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet Nicholas Nickleby
  • Mulberry Hawk
2000
31% 28 Days
  • Jasper
2000
67% William Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'
  • Lysander
1999
55% Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace
  • Palace Guard
1999
No Score Yet A Christmas Carol
  • Fred Bowley
1999
36% Spice World
  • Photographer
1998
14% The Gambler
  • Alexei
1997
33% Surviving Picasso
  • Paulo Picasso
1996
No Score Yet Wave Length
  • Spike
1996
94% Richard III
  • Richmond
1995
No Score Yet Wavelength
  • Actor
1995

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
85% The Affair
2014
  • Producer
  • Noah
87% The Hour
2011-2012
  • Hector Madden
96% The Wire
2002-2008
  • Det. James McNulty Det. Jimmy McNulty Jimmy McNulty
  • Director
No Score Yet Moving On
2009-2016
  • Director

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