"The Wire" star Dominic West is preparing to marry his college sweetheart later this month after he spent years trying to win her back following their break-up. The actor dated Catherine Fitzgerald when they were both students at university but he was left heartbroken when she ended their relationship, insisting they had no future together.
He recalls, "She dumped me. I was either too immature or too stupid to make our relationship work. She just told me, 'We are not right for each other.' I was devastated, but being a bloke I pretended that I wasn't hurt. I was, of course. She then married somebody else, which was really hard to take."
Fitzgerald divorced her first husband, and West admits he was delighted when they met unexpectedly at a party and rekindled their romance. The Brit proposed in 2007 and now he can't wait to exchange vows with Fitzgerald on June 26 in County Limerick, Ireland.
He tells Britain's Reveal magazine, "It's the final step in a love story that began at university. If you'd have told me that one day I'd be marrying her, I'd have probably leapt with joy."
In the same occasion, Dominic West admitted he struggles with nerves before disrobing in front of his leading ladies, admitting he lacks the confidence to strut onto the set naked. He tells Britain's Reveal magazine, "I felt self-conscious. Whenever I have a love scene with a beautiful woman, it is always me who's naked. I did it with Calista Flockhart in Midsummer Night's Dream and I was the idiot in Mona Lisa Smile, surrounded by all these gorgeous women such as Julia Stiles and Maggie Gyllenhaal."
"I had my top off and Julia Roberts was clothed from head to toe. It was difficult, because I get so star-struck. But, fortunately, I have five sisters, so I'm used to being around women."