Dominic West: 5 Things To Know About The Actor Playing Prince Charles In ‘The Crown’ Season 5

Dominic West is stepping into the role of Prince Charles, now king, in 'The Crown' season 5. Get to know the British actor who is already connected to the royals.

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  • Dominic is playing Prince Charles in The Crown.
  • Dominic has connections to the royals already.
  • Dominic is known for his role in The Wire.

Dominic West is taking center stage in one of the most highly-anticipated shows of the year: The Crown season 5. Dominic has worked in Hollywood for years, but the role of Prince Charles is by far his most high-profile role.

So, who is Dominic West? If you’re a fan of The Wire and The Affair, you’ll recognize this talented actor. From his family to how he’s connected to the royal family, HollywoodLife has rounded up everything you need to know about the 53-year-old actor.

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Dominic West as Prince Charles in ‘The Crown.’ (Netflix)

1. Dominic stars as Prince Charles in The Crown.

Dominic is taking over the role of Prince Charles, now King Charles III, in The Crown season 5. The role was previously played by Josh O’Connor. Dominic will also play Charles in the sixth and final season of the Netflix series. Dominic is an ambassador for the Prince’s Trust, a youth charity founded by the royal. Dominic offered to step down from his role. Charles’ private secretary responded in a letter. “You do what you like, you’re an actor, it’s nothing to do with us,” the secretary wrote, according to Metro.

2. Dominic is married.

Dominic married Catherine FitzGerald in 2010. They had previously dated while at university. They have four children: Dora, Senan, Francis, and Christabel. He also has a daughter, Martha, with ex-girlfriend Polly Astor.

3. Dominic rose to fame in The Wire.

Dominic is best known for his starring role in the critically-acclaimed HBO series The Wire. He portrayed Detective James “Jimmy” McNulty for 60 episodes. He also starred as Noah Solloway in The Affair, as well as feature films like Colette, Tomb Raider, and Downton Abbey: A New Era.

4. Dominic is from England.

Dominic grew up in Sheffield, England. He attended Eton College and went on to study English at Trinity College Dublin. He graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

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Dominic West at ‘The Crown’ season 5 premiere. (Scott Garfitt/Invision/AP/Shutterstock)

5. Dominic has worked with Prince Harry.

Dominic joined Prince Harry on an expedition to the South Pole in 2013. “In the first few days, I was having trouble getting the skiing right. I kept falling over, it’s really embarrassing and painful. I was pretty miserable. Prince Harry was the first guy who came over and gave me a hand, and a bit of advice. I thought, ‘Oh, what a kind guy to do that.’ He was a genuinely compassionate person, which surprised me,” Dominic said in an interview, according to the Scottish Daily Express.

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