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Dominic West

Honorary Doctorate - 2010

Dominic is a distinguished classical actor who became an international star through his portrayal of Detective Jimmy McNulty in the cult American TV series, The Wire.

He was born and brought up in Sheffield, where his family still lives. He went to Westbourne School in Broomhill, then Eton College. He has a degree in English from Trinity College Dublin and in acting from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

His interest in acting began aged nine when he joined his mother’s theatre group at the Sheffield University Drama Studio, in several plays including “The Winslow Boy” . His first professional acting job was at the Almeida Theatre in London and on film in Ian McKellen’s “Richard III”. In 2000 he performed with the Argentine Circus group “De La Guarda” for five months. He returned to Sheffield in 2001 to play in “The Country Wife” directed by Michael Grandage at The Crucible. He has since done plays at the National Theatre, the Donmar Warehouse, The Old Vic and twice in the West End.

He has appeared in over 20 films including “Star Wars”; “Chicago” and “300”; alongside stars like Julia Roberts, Anthony Hopkins, Sandra Bullock, Mark Wahlberg, Renee Zellweger, Michael Fassbender and Julianne Moore. This year he has made a documentary about fell running in the Lake District and has filmed the Sci-Fi epic “John Carter of Mars”, the comedy “Johnny English 2” and the thriller “The Awakening” with Rebecca Hall and Imelda Staunton.

He is a regular reader in Josephine Hart’s Poetry Hour at the British Library and has recorded with Eminem on the opening track of his last album. He was also a director on “The Wire” and on the BBC series “Moving On” and will direct a film by William Boyd in the summer. He works as an ambassador for the Prince’s Trust and campaigns for the charity “Free Tibet”.

Dominic now lives in London in the former home of the late, great Brian Glover another actor from South Yorkshire, but he is never long away from his home town, where four of his sisters, their seven children and many cousins still reside.

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