- Best known for his role as gruff Baltimore cop Jimmy McNulty on HBO's The Wire.
- Once worked as a cattle herder in Argentina.
- Ran with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, twice.
- Began his acting career on stage at the Old Vic in London; returned to the theater in 2005 to play Orlando in As You Like It.
- Awarded an honorary patronage of the University Philosophical Society of Trinity College, his alma mater, in 2011.
- An ambassador for Prince Charles' youth charity Prince's Trust.
- 2015, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
- 2002, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Winner
- 2012, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
- 2014, BAFTA Television Awards — Best Actor: Nominee
- Moya — Mother
- Martha West — Daughter
- George West — Father
- Polly Astor — Ex-significant Other
- Dora — Daughter
- Senan George Desmond FitzGerald West — Son
- Francis — Son
- Catherine FitzGerald — Wife
- Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland (BA in English Literature, 1993); Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London, England (1995)
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