Saturday 22 October 2016

Dominic West: Going to boarding school was as bad as my parents dying

Published 26/07/2016 | 00:06

Dominic West says he was irritated at being pigeon-holed as an
Dominic West says he was irritated at being pigeon-holed as an "Old Etonian"

Dominic West has said being sent to boarding school when he was young was almost as traumatic as losing his parents.

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The British actor said being educated away from home at Eton had a "major effect" on him.

He told Radio Times: "It was the worst feeling I have ever had, very similar to the grief when my parents died.

"It's the same thing really; you think you've lost your parents.

"I learned to bury the emotional effects of that and then I went to drama school and had to dig it all up again."

West, 46, admitted it used to irritate him that he was pigeon-holed as an "Old Etonian".

And he said he doubted he would have landed his role in gritty American crime drama The Wire if it had been a BBC series.

He explained: "In America, the British class system doesn't exist.

"I don't know if I would ever have had the chance to play a blue-collar cop like McNulty in The Wire on the BBC.

"I got away with it there. Americans are very forgiving on accents because they don't really know how other people sound.

"In New York, I find Brits are admired way beyond our abilities.

"They take the piss but they look to us for all sorts of things that we wouldn't necessarily be comfortable with - fairness, good governance and democracy, but also style and other things I certainly don't have."

:: This week's Radio Times is on sale on Tuesday.

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