Canneseries, the Cannes International Series Festival, will present the inaugural Canneseries Excellence Award to British actor Dominic West (Les Misérables, The Affair, The Wire) for his outstanding contribution in TV series.
The award will be presented at Mipcom in the presence of Mayor of Cannes David Lisnard, Reed Midem Chief Executive Paul Zilk and Canneseries Managing Director Benoît Louvet.
The Canneseries Excellence Award will be presented to West on October 15 at Mipcom by the Mayor of Cannes, David Lisnard, in the Palais des Festivals.
As part of its commitment to celebrating creators, actors and producers who represent works of enduring quality, Canneseries has chosen to honour an actor as popular with audiences worldwide as he is acclaimed by international critics and television experts.
In the lead role as detective Jimmy McNulty in 2002, Dominic West was the face of creator David Simon's The Wire, which broke new ground in terms of both quality and creativity.
West has the power and versatility -as a stage, screen and film actor- to bring to life a wide range of very different characters such as Detective McNulty, Hector Madden in Abi Morgan's The Hour, Noah Solloway in Hagai Levi and Sarah Treem's The Affair and now Jean Valjean in Andrew Davies’ upcoming adaptation of Les Misérables for the BBC and Masterpiece
“I’ve been lucky enough to work alongside some of the best producers, writers and directors in television, so I’m truly honoured to receive this award by Canneseries,” says Dominic West
“Canneseries is thrilled to give its first Excellence Award to such an iconic actor as Dominic West. His breakthrough as Det. McNulty in The Wire is one of the starting points of the New Golden Age of series and ever since, he has managed to keep surprising us with bold and complex characters. It is an obvious choice for Canneseries to give the award to Dominic West for his career in series both in the US and the UK,” adds Canneseries Artistic Director, Albin Lewi.