For the fifth season of Netflix’s Emmy Award-winning series “The Crown,” the iconic role of Charles, Prince of Wales, has passed from Season 4’s Josh O’Connor to veteran actor Dominic West. Given that the new season chronicles Charles’ stormy relationship with his wife Diana (Elizabeth Debicki), the king-in-waiting (and his many emotional conflicts) comes to the fore like never before in the series. And, given his successful career in both film and television, West is just the actor to handle it.
After his breakout performance in the 1995 screen adaptation of “Richard III,” West’s film career quickly took off. He wisely alternated between big studio projects like “300” and “Money Monster” with smaller independent films, like 2014’s “Pride” and 2017’s Ruben Ostlund’s Oscar-nominated “The Square.” West also won his first Screen Actors Guild Award. As part of the unforgettable ensemble cast of the 2002 Best Picture winner “Chicago.”
But it is West’s work on television that has brought him his greatest acclaim. In Showtime’s “The Affair,” West played Noah Soloway, a writer whose extramarital affair with waitress Alison Bailey (Ruth Wilson) has tragic consequences, earning him a Golden Globe nomination for best actor. And in David Chase’s “The Wire,” West became a fan favorite as Detective Jimmy McNulty, whose brash style puts him at odds with the top brass of the Baltimore Police Department, making West’s Jimmy an all-time classic anti-hero.
As the actor makes his big return to the small screen, let’s take a look back at the top 10 Dominic West movies and TV shows.