Dominic West

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Dominic West (2008)

Dominic West (born October 15, 1969 in Sheffield , Yorkshire , England ) is a British film and theater actor .


Dominic West grew up in an extended family, he has five sisters and one brother. His parents themselves belong to the middle class. His father is the CEO of a plastic manufacturing company, his mother a housewife with a love of the theater.

West's career began at the age of nine with performances in school theater. Nevertheless, he initially concentrated on school and training. So he attended the famous Eton College . After graduating, West tried four months as a cattle keeper in Argentina in order to reorient himself. He then began to study at Trinity College in Dublin . He completed his studies in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts in English literature .

In 1991 West made his film debut in the short film 3 Joes . His experience led him to attend the Guildhall School of Music and Drama , from which he graduated in 1995.

Since then West has been able to convince in numerous film productions, but the National Theater in London also took notice of West, who was seen in a play by Harley Granville-Barker in May 2006 .

From 2002 to 2008 he stood in front of the camera for the television series The Wire , which was produced in the United States .

For the two-part British television film Appropriate Adult , West received a BAFTA Award for Best Actor in 2012 for the role of the serial killer Frederick West .

Dominic West has a daughter (* 2003) with his former girlfriend Polly Astor.



In addition to a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award - and a Screen Actors Guild Award - West was also nominated for a Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for his performance in Chicago .

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Individual evidence

  1. Television Awards Winners in 2012. British Academy of Film and Television Arts , accessed June 1, 2012 .