• Dominic West plays Prince Charles in The Crown
  • You can read what he thinks about it and more facts about the Netflix star here

The Crown star Dominic West was born on October 15, 1969, in the British city of Sheffield. His love of acting was evident when he was a child in the school theater. However, his breakthrough in show business came years later.

Dominic West's most famous roles

Dominic West was first seen on the big screen in 1995 in the literary adaptation Richard III. Seven years later he established himself as a real acting great with his performance on The Wire.

The Wire is an American television series that ran from 2002 to 2008. It's all about the drug trade in the city of Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Dominic West played "Detective Jimmy McNulty".

Most recently, Dominic West appeared in the film Downton Abbey II: A New Era and the television series Stateless. In The Crown he has played Prince Charles since 2022 and is part of the new cast.

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Fake Prince Charles? Dominic West had doubts about The Crown role

Featuring the portrayal of Prince Charles in the series The Crown, which ends after Season 6, Dominic West has landed another big role. After all, British production is among the best in the world. But Dominic West was initially unsure whether he was the right cast for today's King Charles III.

"It’s quite disconcerting as I didn’t look anything like him when I looked in the mirror. I kept telling the producers that they had cast the wrong person. But they explained that this was not a show of imitations," he told the Daily Mail.

The turbulent love life of Dominic West

In addition to his acting career, Dominic West mainly makes headlines about his love life. At first glance, things seem to be idyllic in his private life. Dominic West has been married since 2010 to Catherine FitzGerald. The two have four children together and run a small hotel in Ireland.

Dominic West and his wife Catherine FitzGerald

But is all this more appearance than reality? In October 2020 the actor was caught cooing with actress Lily James, 20 years his junior, by paparazzi in Rome. The two filmed The Pursuit Of Love there together.

After the scandal, Dominic West made a statement about what making out with strangers meant for his marriage. "Our marriage is strong and we're very much still together," he said, as reported by the Daily Mail.

In addition to Dominic West's four children named Senan (*2008), Christabel (*2013), Dora (*2006) and Francis West (*2009) whom he has with landscape architect and gardener Catherine FitzGerald, he has another daughter from a previous relationship, who goes by the name of Martha West (*1998).