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Dominic West

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Dominic West (born 15 October 1969 in Sheffield, Yorkshire) is an English actor best known for his role as Detective Jimmy McNulty in the HBO drama series The Wire.

Early life

West was born into an Irish Catholic family in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England to George West, who owned a plastics factory and to Moya, a housewife.


West attended Guildhall School of Music & Drama on a three-year B.A. Honours Degree in acting and graduated in 1995.

He made his debut in 1991 in a short called 3 Joes. His other screen appearances include True Blue, Chicago and Mona Lisa Smile. His most notable television role has been Baltimore police detective Jimmy McNulty on the HBO television police drama The Wire, for which West was praised for the accuracy of his character's accent.

In film, he portrayed the heavy metal guitarist Kirk Cuddy in the 2001 film Rock Star. In 2007, he played the Spartan politician Theron in 300. West also starred in the 1999 film version of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream as Lysander.

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. West appears in the role of Oliver Cromwell in the Channel 4 series The Devil's Whore. West played the villain, Jigsaw, in the December 2008 film Punisher: War Zone. He makes an appearance on Eminem's 2009 album Relapse on the opening track, as a doctor discharging Eminem from a rehab facility.

During his stint on The Wire, West directed the Season 5 episode, 'Took'.


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; The Wake by Jeremy Page; Life Class by Pat Barker; The Moment You Were Gone by Nicci Gerrard; and Something Childish But Very Natural by Katherine Mansfield.



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