Star’s charity concert plans

Screen and stage star Dominic West looks forward to supporting Helen's Trust in 2012.
Screen and stage star Dominic West looks forward to supporting Helen's Trust in 2012.
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MOVIE star Dominic West who is the patron of Helen’s Trust has thanked everyone for supporting the Bakewell-based charity in 2011 as he looks forward to fundraising in the New Year.

The 42 year-old screen and stage actor known best for his performance as detective Jimmy McNulty in the US TV series The Wire is also set for a busy working year.

He has been nominated for a Golden Globe for his role as a news presenter in BBC drama The Hour and is looking forward to introducing a fundraising piano concert around March for Helen’s Trust which helps terminally ill people stay at home in their last days.

Dominic, whose late mother from Grindleford was supported by Helen’s Trust, said: “Looking back it was crazy to have done The Wire. I remember sending off a casting video which I filmed at 2am one morning when I’d had a bit to drink and they signed me up to work and live in Baltimore for six months a year over five years.

“In many ways it was similar to Sheffield where I used to live because it’s an industrial town and it reminded me of home but it was tough being away from family.”

The father-of-four’s Wire co-stars have also gone on to be godparents to his children and his performance has been a springboard for movie and TV roles including The Awakening and an Appropriate Adult.

A Helen’s Trust spokesman said: “We’re so happy to have Dominic’s support and together we’d like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and thank our supporters for their continued support.”

The Helen’s Trust fundraising concert will be scheduled for March with details to be released. Those interested in the charity can call Helen’s Trust on (01629) 812759 or visit www.helenstrust.org.uk.