The Wire
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Dominic West, born April 15, 1965 in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, is an actor. He stars as James McNulty in all five seasons. He has appeared in the series The Hour and the film 300.

Early life

West was born in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England to George West, who owned a plastics manufacturing plant, and Moya, a housewife. He has described himself as being from an Irish Catholic middle class family.[1] Dominic attended Eton College and Trinity College, Dublin for his education.


West made his debut in 1991 in a short film called 3 Joes. His other screen appearances include True Blue, Chicago and Mona Lisa Smile.

In film, he portrayed the heavy-metal guitarist Kirk Cuddy in the 2001 film Rock Star. In 2007, he played the Spartan politician Theron in 300.

As a theatre actor, West has appeared as Konstantin in the Peter Hall-directed The Seagull (1996) at the Old Vic. In 2005, he returned to the stage to play Orlando in David Lan's As You Like It at the Wyndhams's Theatre in London. He played Edward in Harley Granville Barker's The Voysey Inheritance directed by Peter Gill at the Royal National Theatre in 2006.[2] In late 2006 and early 2007 he played the lead role of Jan in Tom Stoppard's Rock 'n' Roll in London's West End.

The Wire

His most notable television role has been Baltimore police officer Jimmy McNulty on the HBO television police drama The Wire.

Personal life

He has two children Martha, with ex-girlfriend Polly Astor, and Dora, with Ex-fiancée, Catherine Fitzgerald.



Season 1 credits
"The Target" "The Detail" "The Buys" "Old Cases" "The Pager"
"The Wire" "One Arrest" "Lessons" "Game Day" "The Cost"
"The Hunt" "Cleaning Up" "Sentencing"
Season 2 credits
"Ebb Tide" "Collateral Damage" "Hot Shots" "Hard Cases" "Undertow"
"All Prologue" "Backwash" "Duck and Cover" "Stray Rounds" "Storm Warnings"
"Bad Dreams" "Port in a Storm"
Season 3 credits
"Time after Time" "All Due Respect" "Dead Soldiers" "Amsterdam" "Straight and True"
"Homecoming" "Back Burners" "Moral Midgetry" "Slapstick" "Reformation"
"Middle Ground" "Mission Accomplished"
Season 4 credits
"Boys of Summer" "Soft Eyes" "Home Rooms" "Refugees" "Alliances"
"Margin of Error" "Unto Others" "Corner Boys" "Know Your Place" "Misgivings"
"A New Day" "That's Got His Own" "Final Grades"
Season 5 credits
"More with Less" "Unconfirmed Reports" "Not for Attribution" "Transitions" "React Quotes"
"The Dickensian Aspect" "Took" "Clarifications" "Late Editions" "-30-"

Selected filmography

  • Punisher: War Zone (2008)
  • 300 (2007)
  • Hannibal Rising (2007)
  • The Forgotten (2004)
  • Mona Lisa Smile (2003)
  • The Wire (2002, television series)
  • Chicago (2002)
  • Rock Star (2001)
  • 28 Days (2000)
  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999)
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream (1999)
  • Surviving Picasso (1996)
  • True Blue (1996)
  • Richard III (1995)
  • 3 Joes (Short) (1991)


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