Dominic West

Dominic West

West in 2014, photo by

Birth Name: Dominic Gerard Francis Eagleton West

Place of Birth: Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 15 October, 1969

*68.75% Irish
*31.25% English

Dominic West is a British actor, director, mechanic, and musician.

His mother, Pauline Mary “Moya,” was of seven eighths Irish and one eighth English descent. His father, Thomas George Eagleton West, was of half English and half Irish ancestry. Dominic attended Eton College.

Dominic is a first cousin, once removed, of American politician Thomas Eagleton (Thomas Francis Eagleton), who was the 1972 Democratic nominee for Vice President of the United States (before withdrawing from the campaign). Dominic’s paternal great-grandparents, Thomas Francis Eagleton and Mary Theresa Hennelly, were also politician Thomas Eagleton’s paternal grandparents.

Dominic is married to film producer Catherine FitzGerald. He has a daughter with his former partner Polly Astor; and four children with Catherine. Catherine is the daughter of author and hereditary knight Desmond FitzGerald, 29th Knight of Glin, and Polly is the daughter of politician Michael Astor.

Dominic’s paternal grandfather was Harold Ernest Georges West (the son of George Howard West and Sarah Ann Webb). Harold was born in Chelmsford, Essex, England, to English parents. George was the son of John Ward West and Betsey Hargrave.

Dominic’s paternal grandmother was Winifred Mary Eagleton (the daughter of Thomas Francis Eagleton and Mary Theresa Hennelly). Winifred was born in Audrain, Missouri, U.S., to Irish parents. Thomas was the son of John Eagleton and Winifred Hennelly. Mary was the daughter of Patrick Hennelly.

Dominic’s maternal grandfather was Michael Joseph Cleary. Michael was born in Tipperary, Ireland.

Dominic’s maternal grandmother was Kathleen Sarah Gleeson (the daughter of Michael Joseph Gleeson and Gertrude Mary Donnellan). Kathleen was born in Ecclesall Bierlow, Yorkshire, England. Michael was born in Coonmore, Galway, Ireland. Gertrude was the daughter of Andrew Donnellan, who was Irish, from Dunrose, Galway, Ireland, and of Annie Morris, who was English, from Nottinghamshire, England.

Source: Dominic’s paternal grandmother, Winifred Mary Eagleton, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

33 Responses

  1. angelwings80 says:

    To all the folks from Britain and Ireland, ignore my stupid fellow Americans. They really are this stupid and yes, obsessed with race and ethnicity.

    I looked up this actor Dominic West, because he had a small part in my favorite movie Chicago and after rewatching it, I wanted to know more about him. I was surprised to find out he was born in England.

    For the stupid Americans saying it’s impossible for him to be Irish and English, I will just say this. I have blonde hair and blue eyes with fair skin. I did an ancestry dna test which came back as me being mostly Irish and Germanic European with smaller amounts of Swedish and Welsh. Why do I mention this? Because my mother, who has the Irish and Welsh ethnicity, had dark hair and dark eyes. She was pretty fair but some of her siblings had fairly dark skin. My paternal grandmother, who’s parents were born in Germany, had very coily hair, more so than Dominic West. I have a wide nose identical to Mr West. It is 100% possible for a person with European roots to look like him, skin complexion and curly hair. If my genes went in a different direction, I could have easily had these features and again, according to my DNA, I am 100 percent European. Please stop with your know it all attitude, fellow Americans. It is embarrassing

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