Man of the mo­ment do­minic west

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The 48-year-old’s best-loved TV roles in­clude The Wire and The Af­fair. This month, he’s play­ing Lara Croft’s father in the new Tomb Raider film

My rise to fame… the first time i re­alised that The Wire was get­ting big in eng­land was dur­ing a road rage in­ci­dent. i started hurl­ing abuse at this guy, then he went, “Oh my God, it’s Mcnulty.” i thought, “Crikey. i can’t be rude to peo­ple any more.” it was the first time i’d been recog­nised, which was em­bar­rass­ing, but for­tu­nately he man­aged to for­give me. My life is a bit dif­fer­ent now, but i still get the tube to work. My ear­li­est mem­o­ries… what amazes me is how my par­ents man­aged with us [do­minic has six si­b­lings]. My mum al­ways said once you have three they look af­ter them­selves, but mine [he has three, aged eight to 11, with his wife, film pro­ducer Cather­ine Fitzger­ald, and a daugh­ter from a pre­vi­ous re­la­tion­ship with Polly As­tor] are all just try­ing to kill each other. My par­ents gave us a very, very happy child­hood and i’m hop­ing to do that with mine as well. My sig­nif­i­cant oth­ers… i fell in love with my wife when i was at univer­sity and i man­aged to per­suade her to fall in love with me for about three months, but then she mar­ried some­one else. i’ve been in love with her since and still am, even more so. i make sure i don’t spend a lot of time away from home for work. My kids are at an age where i don’t want to miss any of it. it’s the most im­por­tant thing in my life at the mo­ment.

My most cringe­wor­thy scenes… there are a lot of sex scenes in The Af­fair. if Cather­ine was in some­thing like that i would not be happy. But she’s OK with it. nei­ther of us watches it. Can’t bear to – al­though ap­par­ently it’s quite good.

My lat­est role in the new Tomb Raider film… i play

Lord richard Croft, Lara Croft’s father, and it’s a priv­i­lege that some­one as beau­ti­ful as Ali­cia [Vikan­der], who plays Lara, should be de­scended from me. the film fo­cuses on Lara be­fore she be­comes the tomb raider as we all know her. they have mod­ernised it – this tomb raider is cool rather than be­ing ob­jec­ti­fied.

 tomb raider is re­leased in cin­e­mas on 16 March.

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