‘Finding Dory’ star Dominic West likens being sent to Eton to his parents dying

‘The Wire’ actor wasn’t keen on private school

Finding Dory star Dominic West has revealed that he found being sent to board at Eton traumatising as a child.

The Sheffield-born actor, who voices Rudder in the new Pixar film Finding Dory, was sent to be educated at the elite private school when he was young.

Speaking in this week’s Radio Times, West said: “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.”


In the interview, West, who said going to private school away from home had a “major effect” on him, also admitted that being pigeon-holed as an “old Etonian” used to annoy him. He added that he does not think he would have landed his part as McNulty in The Wire had it been a BBC drama.

West 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.”

West worked with his The Wire co-star Idris Elba on Pixar’s Finding Dory, the 3D-animated film that is a sequel to the 2003 original Finding Nemo, which is based upon the eponymous, Ellen DeGeneres-voiced Paracanthurus embarking on a search for her family.