Dominic West Set for CanneSeries' Excellence Award

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Dominic West

The BAFTA winner will receive the TV festival's first career honor during MIPCOM.

Cannes' nascent TV festival CanneSeries will honor Dominic West with its first excellence award on Monday during MIPCOM.

West will be on hand at the TV confab to launch Les Miserables, the BBC and Masterpiece's latest version of the musical starring David Oyelowo and Ellie Bamber and directed by Andrew Davies.

The BAFTA winner will receive the honor during a splashy ceremony in the Grand Palais hosted by Canness Mayor David Lisnard, Reed Midem CEO Paul Zilk and CanneSeries head Benoit Louvet.

Organizers praised West's versatility as a stage, TV and film actor, as well as his challenging roles on The Wire, The Affair and his upcoming Les Mis role as Jean Valjean.

“I’ve been lucky enough to work alongside some of the best producers, writers and directors in television, so I’m truly honored to receive this award by CanneSeries,” said West.

Added CanneSeries artistic director Albin Lewi: “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 U.S. and the U.K.”

The TV festival held its inaugural event in April. The upcoming CanneSeries will run alongside MIPTV from April 5-10, 2019.