British actor turned down role on 'Game of Thrones' to work closer to home
What is Dominic West doing now? I used to watch him on “The Wire.”
—Jackson Butler, New Iberia, La.
West, 43, is currently starring in the second season of “The Hour,” a BBC America series set in 1957, in which he plays Hector Madden, one of three journalists covering news stories for the fictitious “The Hour” news magazine.
On a recent trip to the U.S., the Sheffield, England-born actor, who is best known for his role as Detective Jimmy McNulty in “The Wire,” says, “I do get recognized here. I did last night, but for ‘The Wire.’
“Some guy said he just started watching it. I thought maybe our shelf life was over, but we are obviously still going. That was 10 years ago. So, hopefully, I’ll get some love for ‘The Hour’ as well.”
Rumor is West turned down a role on “Game of Thrones” because it would require him to spend a great deal of time in Iceland. “My problem is, I’ve got four kids, and at the moment, I’m reluctant to be away from home for a long time. I can get a lot of work in London and still be at home. That’s one of the many brilliant things about ‘The Hour.’”
In addition to “The Wire,” West might also be recognized for some of his motion picture roles which include “Chicago,” for which he won a Screen Actors Guild Award for outstanding performance by the cast of a theatrical motion picture, “Mona Lisa Smile,” “300,” “Rock Star,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “The Awakening” and “John Carter.”
He won a BAFTA Award (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) for his role as serial killer Fred West in the British series “Appropriate Adult.”
West is married to producer Catherine FitzGerald, with whom he has three children. He also has a daughter from a previous relationship.