Dominic West

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Dominic West
(46th anniversary)
15 October 1969 
Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, UK 
6' (1,83 m)

Dominic West was born on October 15, 1969 in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England as Dominic Gerard Fe West. He has been married to Catherine Fitzgerald since June 26, 2010. They have four children.

Catherine Fitzgerald (26 June 2010 - present) (4 children) 

Was one of seven children - five girls, two boys - born to George and Moya West - his parents divorced in 1996.

Began appearing in community theatre at age 9.

Once spent four months as a cattle herder in Argentina in 1988 trying to be "different." Afterwards he enrolled at Dublin's Trinity College, graduating in 1993 with a B.A. in English literature.

Graduated from Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1995.

Attended Eton College, Berkshire. Also schooled there, though two years behind, was Hermanos de sangre (2001) and Life (2007) star Damian Lewis.

Dominic's paternal grandfather was English, while Dominic's paternal grandmother was born in Audrain, Missouri, USA, to Irish parents. Dominic's mother was of 7/8ths Irish and 1/8th English descent.

He has two daughters; his eldest, Martha West and Dora; and two sons, Senan and Francis with his wife Catherine Fitzgerald.

Has played ancient world warriors twice with Michael Fassbender: 300 (2006) and CenturiĆ³n (2010).

Appearing as 'Jan' in the play "Rock & Roll" at the Duke of York Theatre in London. [February 2007]

He is a first cousin, once removed, of American politician Thomas Eagleton, who was briefly the 1972 Democratic nominee for Vice President of the United States. Dominic's paternal great-grandparents, Thomas Francis Eagleton and Mary Theresa Hennelly (who had moved to Missouri from Ireland), were also the paternal grandparents of politician Eagleton.

Dominic West portrayed late author George MacDonald Fraser's Victorian anti-hero Harry Flashman, the main character of Fraser's "Flashman" novels, at a 2014 auction of Fraser's library. West also stated at the time that he would like to see a new Flashman movie made for the new generation. The only previous movie, "Royal Flash (1975)" was not a success and was so disliked by Fraser that he would not allow another one to be made in his lifetime.

Personal Quotes 
I don't know why British actors are getting big parts in American TV shows. Maybe it's because we're cheap.

I went to America to get away from constantly being cast in costume dramas, playing posh people. It's interesting that I've been cast as a working-class cop [The Wire - Bajo escucha (2002)] because I doubt that would happen at home. The films I most enjoy in England are by Mike Leigh and Ken Loach, but it's very unlikely I would be cast in them; I've tried a few times, but I'm perceived as posh.

[on The Wire - Bajo escucha (2002)] The show provokes a kind of obsessive following. Those who love it kind of cherish the fact that it's not quite as world-renowned as Los Soprano (1999). It's like being in a secret club.

[on La sonrisa de Mona Lisa (2003)] The movie didn't make much sense. We would be given new scenes to film out of the blue which, it transpired, had been written by Julia's agent, who was doubling as a producer. I don't know what anyone was doing there. No one seemed to enjoy it. Especially not Julia. She had just got married and just wanted to be off having sex with her husband. Trouble was, she had married the cameraman on the movie. You can't really relax in a sex scene when the husband is staring right at you.

If you turn on American TV, there's a huge choice of nothing you want to see and, unfortunately, I think that's the case here now as well. I love costume drama, no-one does it like the BBC - no-one has the money to do it, first of all and, secondly, Americans don't have the history to do it. So we do it brilliantly but if you talk to any BBC producers, they abhor the fact... they're dying to do The Wire - Bajo escucha (2002) and hate doing Cranford (2007) . I thought Cranford (2007) was incredible but we don't seem to be able to do contemporary stuff.


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