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DOMINIC WEST (Simon Ambrose) is a star both in the U.K. and the U.S. and has
been cast in many leading roles in international film, U.S. television and the
London stage. After graduating from Trinity College in Dublin, and then from the
Guildhall School of Music & Drama, West won the Ian Charleson Award for Best
Newcomer for his performance in Peter Hall's production of The Seagull.
A very successful film career soon followed with West winning leading roles in
studio movies such as 28 Days, opposite Sandra Bullock; Mona Lisa Smile,
opposite Julia Roberts; and The Forgotten, opposite Julianne Moore. He also
starred as Theron in Warner Bros.' 300. His other credits include Chicago, A
Midsummer Night's Dream, True Blue, Hannibal Rising, Rock Star, Star Wars:
Episode I—The Phantom Menace, Surviving Picasso and Richard III.
In 2000, he won the role of McNulty in HBO's The Wire, which became one of the
most critically acclaimed television programmes ever made. The show ran for five
seasons with West directing an episode in the final season. More recently, West
played Oliver Cromwell in Channel 4's BAFTA-nominated series The Devil's Whore.
His theatre credits include Peter Gill's production of Harley Granville-Barker's
The Voysey Inheritance, at The Royal National Theatre; David Lan's production of
As You Like It, in which he starred opposite Helen McCrory, in the West End in
the summer of 2005; and Trevor Nunn's West End production of Rock 'n' Roll, Tom
Stoppard's play that opened to huge plaudits at the Royal Court in the summer of
At the end of 2009, West played the lead in Pedro CalderÃ³n de la Barca's Life Is
a Dream, at the Donmar Warehouse in London. Last year, his work included Andrew
Stanton's John Carter and The Awakening, with Rebecca Hall, and more recently,
he has completed filming The Hour, a new drama for the BBC.
He can currently be seen as the eponymous lead on stage in Simon Gray's Butley,
at The Duchess Theatre. In the fall, he moves on to the Crucible Theatre in
Sheffield to play Iago in Othello, alongside his The Wire co-star Clarke Peters.
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