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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 2006.

At the end of 2009, West played the lead in Pedro Calderón 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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