The crown season five gave a complete change to its cast, with Dominic West stepping in as the tortured man who would be king, Prince Charles, in the 1990s.
As the new face of the heir, West succeeds Josh O’Connor, who won wide acclaim for his portrayal of a prince torn between love and duty in seasons three and four.
Covering the destruction of his marriage to Princess Diana (who will be played by Elizabeth Debicki) and his continued love for Camilla Parker-Bowles, there’s a lot of ground to cover.
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But what will West bring to the table as he captures some of the current King’s most troubled years?
Here’s everything you need to know about West, where you know him from and what he has said about his new royal role.
Who is Dominic West, That of the Crown new Prince Charles?
Born on October 15, 1969, West (born Dominic Gerard Francis Eagleton West) was the sixth of seven children. Her mother Pauline was an actress and her father Thomas owned a factory. Both sides of the family come from Irish heritage.
West is one of many established alumni of the prestigious Eton College. He then went on to study at Trinity College Dublin, earning a degree in English Literature.
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From there he decided to pursue a career in acting and graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1995.
Initially working largely in television, West had a string of small roles in notable productions. For example, he played a paparazzi photographer in the 1997 The World of Spices: The Moviea palace guard in the 1999s Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menacethe hapless Fred Casely in the opening scenes of the 2002 film adaptation Chicago, and Fred, Ebeneezer Scrooge’s kind-hearted nephew, in a television adaptation of A Christmas Carol.
However, his breakthrough role arguably came in the form of Jimmy McNulty in Thread in 2002. Since then, he has become one of the UK’s busiest stars, both in the UK and the US.
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In June 2010 he married college sweetheart Catherine FitzGerald and together they have four children – Dora, 16, Senan, 14, Francis, 13 and Christabel, 9.
He also has another daughter, Martha, 24, from a previous relationship.
What has Dominic West been into before The crown?
The role of Officer Jimmy McNulty in Thread undoubtedly remains one of West’s most beloved and well-known roles. Remaining in the gritty drama from 2002 to 2008, the star played an obsessed, self-destructive cop.
In 2011, he obtained his first Bafta for his interpretation of serial killer Fred West in a television mini-series, Suitable adult.
West took on the lead role of Noah Solloway in The case in 2014, joining Ruth Wilson as Alison Bailey in the drama as a couple who both deal with the long-term effects of their decision to have extramarital affairs after a chance encounter in Montauk, New York.
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The series ran for five seasons, ending in 2019, with West being the only character to remain throughout the series.
In 2019, he took on the main role of Jean Valjean in a television adaptation of Wretchedas written by Victor Hugo (so not the musical version that was a West End hit).
Film credits include those from 2014 Pride (including his Imelda Staunton, co-star of The Crown also appeared in), 2018 Colette with Keira Knightley and the 2018s grave robber like Richard Croft.
More recently, he was seen alongside Lily James in The pursuit of loveand Dr. Chris Cox in the series Sky Brassic.
At a time The crown broadcast, he will also be seen in the new BBC war drama, SAS Rogue Heroes as Lieutenant Colonel Wrangel Clarke.
What did Dominic West say about being in The crown?
West actually confirmed that he originally turned down the role of Prince Charles in The crown when he was offered it, telling the producers “you’ve got the wrong guy”.
“I was watching the show, I was a fan from the start,” West said. Weekly entertainment. “I was very aware of Josh [O’Connor]the incredible performance of , and his incredible success, and I thought it was a bit of a hiding for nothing trying to follow that.”
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However, he changed his mind when he “couldn’t get the idea out of his head”.
“[I] realized you have to try because you’ll regret it if you don’t,” he said. “He’s a fascinating man, Charles, and it’s a fascinating life and a fascinating role.”
He also defended the show amid arguments for a disclaimer coming at the start of each episode, explaining The crown is a dramatic narrative rather than an actual recreation.
“I think people understand, because the cast changed every two seasons, that it’s not a knockoff,” he told Netflix’s TUDUM. “It’s an evocation of a character. That’s really where the show lives: in the imaginary conversations of their private lives, which no one knows.”
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“I think that’s what gets a lot of criticism. How can you know what they talk about in their private life
“The obvious answer is no, but we have an incredible writer, a playwright, who imagines based on extensive research, and that’s really part of the fascination of the show.”
The crown season five will premiere November 9 on Netflix.
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