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Biography

Career
West began his acting career young, appearing in community productions since he was 9 years old. His biggest role so far has been as police officer Jimmy McNulty on the HBO police drama The Wire. He also played Spartan politician Theron in the movie 300.

West attended Eton College in Berkshire as a child, which is the same school that Princes Harry and William attended. In his first year, he asked the head of Eton’s drama department for a role and was rewarded for being forward: he was cast as a prostitute.

Most recently, the six-foot-tall actor has been filming the Marvel-comics inspired The Punisher: War Zone, where he plays Jigsaw. The film is being directed by Lexi Alexander and was released in 2008. He also recently played the role of Jan in the play "Rock & Roll" at London’s Duke of York theatre.

He has an interesting take on British actors in general, remarking that "being British, you’re either a villain, a drunk or a homosexual, and usually, all three."

Personal
Dominic West was born into an Irish Catholic family in Sheffield, England, in 1969. Born on October 15, 1969, Dominic is the fifth of seven children. In 1988, in an attempt to be different, he worked as a cattle herder on a farm in Argentina. He graduated from Dublin's Trinity College in 1993 with a B.A. in English literature, and from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in England.

His father owned a plastics manufacturing plant and the young West considered himself solidly middle class. He had a reputation as the family’s show-off.

West has one daughter from a previous relationship with Polly Astor and is currently married to Catherine Fitzgerald, together they have three children.

On November 11, 2010 he was awarded an honorary degree from Sheffield Halam University for his service to the arts.

Career Resume

Here's a list of Dominic's television and film career thus far:

2012 - John Carter of Mars
2011 - Johnny English Reborn
2011 - The Awakening
2010 - Jackboots on Whitehall
2010 - Centurion
2009 - From Time to Time
2009 - Breaking the Mould (TV)
2008 - The Devil's Whore (TV)
2008 - Punisher: War Zone
2008 - Hold On
2002-2008 - The Wire (TV)
2007 - Hannibal Rising
2006 - 300
2006 - Stingray
2004 - The Forgotten
2003 - Mona Lisa Smile
2002 - Chicago
2002 - Ten Minutes Older: The Cello
2001 - Rock Star
2001 - The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (TV)
2000 - 28 Days
1999 - A Christmas Carol (TV)
1999 - Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace
1999 - A Midsummer Night's Dream
1998 - Out of Hours (TV)
1997 - Spice World
1997 - Diana & Me
1997 - The Gambler
1996 - True Blue
1996 - Surviving Picasso
1996 - E=mc2 (Wavelength)
1995 - Richard III
1991 - 3 Joes (1991)