Dominic West has spoken about his latest role as serial killer Fred West, describing it as ‘amazing’.
The Wire star plays the notorious murderer in ITV1’s two-part drama Appropriate Adult, alongside Monica Dolan as his on-screen wife Rose and Emily Watson as inexperienced social worker Janet Leach.
“It sounds awful to say that when you are playing someone so truly awful, but as an actor, it’s an incredible challenge,” he told the Daily Mirror.
Dominic – who is better known for playing Detective Jimmy McNulty in the hit US series – wears a curly wig with sideburns to portray the Gloucestershire killer, who hanged himself in 1995 charged with 12 murders.
The Wests’ daughter Anne-Marie Davis has said she felt ‘absolutely appalled’ when told of the drama.
Emily, however, has defended the show, insisting it’s ‘tasteful’.
“It’s obviously very disturbing dark material but it’s not nasty,” she said.
Appropriate Adult, to be screened in October, will centre on the time between West’s arrest and his prison cell suicide in 1995.
“I think it’s a very interesting take on the whole story, it’s not about the murders. It’s about the interviews and the investigation, and about this woman who found herself thrust into the centre of it, without any protection or training,” Emily added.