If you are a fan of the popular Amazon superhero series, The Boys, then you will most definitely know Dominique McElligott who plays Queen Maeve on the superheroes TV series. However, for those who may not know her, McElligott is an Irish actress who is making waves in Hollywood. She has appeared in a slew of movies and TV series but is most popular for her work on the small screens where she has featured in some popular shows. McElligott may not be a household name in Hollywood yet but she definitely has the makings of a star. Want to know more about the Irish actress? Then, we have got 10 interesting tidbits about her.
10 Facts About Dominique McElligott
1. She is a native of Rathfarnham
Dominique McElligott was born on the 5th of March 1986 in Rathfarnham, a suburb in Southside Dublin, Ireland. Her nationality is, therefore, Irish while her ethnicity is Caucasian. The actress has not disclosed many details about her early life, educational history or family background. It is however known that she took riding lessons as a child and that she is quite educated.
2. She was inspired to go into acting by Daniel Day-Lewis.
McElligott was initially attracted to acting after seeing famed English actor, Daniel Day-Lewis, in the 1989 biopic, My Left Foot. In the movie, Day-Lewis portrayed real-life Irishman, Christy Brown, who was born with cerebral palsy and could only control his left leg. Despite these inhibitions, Brown rose to become an accomplished writer and artist. Day-Lewis’ portrayal of Brown not only fetched him the Oscar for best actor but also inspired McElligott into taking drama classes at school. The young lady found that she enjoyed the drama classes and subsequently pursued acting as a career.
3. Dominique McElligott started acting at the age of 15
McElligott made her professional acting debut in the year 2001, appearing in several episodes of an Irish TV series known as On Home Ground. After this humble debut, the Dublin native went on to feature in several other minor TV projects before getting her well-deserved breakthrough on the Irish TV series, RAW. RAW revolved around the lives of employees at a Dublin restaurant and McElligott played the role of Rebecca Marsh. She appeared in about 6 episodes of the show in 2008, and this helped to make her a household name all over Ireland.
4. She made her Hollywood debut in Hell on Wheels
Dominique McElligott introduced herself to American audiences through the AMC series, Hell on Wheels. Hell on wheels is a western TV series about the construction of the union pacific railroad as well as the labourers, engineers, surveyors, and prostitutes who lived, worked and died in the mobile encampment. In the series, McElligott played the role of Lily Bell, a recently-widowed English lady whose husband worked as a surveyor on the railroad. The Irish actress has since revealed that shooting the series was emotionally, physically and mentally draining.
5. She has twice played characters with the surname Bell
Dominique McElligott has twice portrayed characters whose surnames are Bell. This is on the AMC series, Hell on Wheels, as well as the movie, Moon. Moon is a 2009 sci-fi film directed by Duncan Jones. The movie revolves around a man, Sam Bell, who experiences a personal crisis after a three-year solitary sojourn on the moon. Moon featured Sam Rockwell as Sam while McElligott played the role of his wife, Tess Bell.
6. She has appeared in several indie films.
Dominique McElligott has appeared in several movies and TV series. A large chunk of her films have however been in indie movies, they include; such as Dark Floors, Satellites & Meteorites, Moon, Not Fade Away, Blackthorn, The Guard and Leap Year.
7. She received a nomination for best-supporting actress for her role in House of Cards.
McElligott was nominated for best-supporting actress at the 2017 Irish Film and Television Awards. This was for her guest role on the hit Netflix show, House of Cards. House of Cards is a political thriller about a couple, The Underwood’s, who manipulate others in order to achieve their political ambitions. In the series, McElligott portrayed the role of Hannah, the English wife of a Republican presidential candidate, Will Conway.
8. She returned to Ireland for the first time in a decade in 2017.
In 2017, McElligott visited her motherland for the first time in a decade. The actress revealed that she had lived in London for several years before eventually moving to Los Angeles to pursue her acting career. The Hell on Wheels star further disclosed that what she missed most about Ireland were the people, the humor, and even the rain. McElligott did not plan anything elaborate for the homecoming trip but rather spent her time with family, friends, and loved ones.
9. She was in the running for the role of Gwen Stacy in The Amazing Spiderman.
McElligott was considered for the role of Gwen Stacy, Spiderman’s love interest, in the 2012 installment of the film. She, however, did not get the role as it went to American actress, Emma Stone.
10. Dominique McElligott is not a fan of social media.
In this present world that is social media-crazy, Dominique McElligott is one person who is choosing not to join the fray. The actress is quite old school when it comes to such things and is not on any social media platform. The Irish star has disclosed that as an actor, she doesn’t want people to know much about her but rather wants them to see her in the light of whatever role she is portraying.