Dominique McElligott is an Irish film and TV actress who is perhaps best known for her appearance in the film “Hell on Wheels” and the TV series “The Boys” and “House of Cards.”
Age, Early Life, and Education Background
Dominique McElligott hails from Dublin, Ireland, of Irish and Scottish ancestry, and was born under the Pisces zodiac sign on 5 March 1986, which makes her 37 years old as of 2023. The Dublin native grew up watching Daniel Day-Lewis’s films, and has revealed that his 1989 film “My Left Foot,” inspired her to become an actress. Dominique is very secretive when it comes to her childhood life and has not disclosed the names of her parents and any siblings.
McElligott attended a local secondary school where she played various sports including soccer and volleyball. She was also interested in acting, and appeared in her first theatrical play when she was 16 years old. McElligott is an alumnus of University College. Dublin (UCD), from where she graduated with a BA in Theater in 2008.
Hobbies and Interests
Dominique is an animal lover who has kept a dog named Karola. She also enjoys spending her spare time in aquariums and zoos – her best-loved animals are dolphins and giraffes.
She is also keen on traveling, and has toured various European and South American countries. Moreover, her acting career has seen her travel to several US States.
“The Boys” starlet is a fitness fanatic, who regularly hits the gym to maintain her slim body. She is also keen on her mental well-being, and practices yoga and meditation daily.
Dominique enjoys watching films starring her favorite actors, Toni Collette, Daniel Day-Lewis and Juliette Binoche.
She’s also a huge fan of the 13th-century poet, Rumi, and often refers to his quotes.
Career – TV Appearances
Dominique made her TV debut with the starring role of Cora Collins in the TV series “On Home Ground” in 2001, appearing in 10 episodes and sharing the screen with Amy Huberman, Jonathan Byrne and Daragh O’Malley. She was later invited to portray Rebecca Marsh in the Irish drama series “RAW,” which aired on RTE Two and RTE One. In 2009, she was selected to play Bella Olazabal in the American action drama “The Philanthropist”, but her character was dropped from the NBC series before it aired.
In 2011, McElligott was cast as Lily Bell in 20 episodes of the first and second seasons of the Canadian/American Western TV series “Hell on Wheels”, which revolves around the construction of the original intercontinental railroad across the US; Dominique shared the screen with Anson Mount, Christopher Heyerdahl and Phil Burke. In 2015, the Irish actress joined the cast of Stephanie Savage’s American period drama “The Astronaut Wives Club”, portraying Louise Shephard, a calm, collected and intensively private person, who is very supportive of her partner, Alan, which earns her the moniker ‘Lady Louise.’ Dominique appeared in ten episodes, which co-starred JoAnna Garcia, Zoe Boyle and Azure Parsons.
In 2016 and 2017, Dominique was cast for the main role of Hannah Conway in the fourth and fifth seasons of Beau Willimon’s political thriller “House of Cards,” which is based on the eponymous 1989 novel by Michael Dobbs. From 2019 to 2022, she played Queen Maeve/Maggie Shaw in the TV superhero series “The Boys”, appearing in 22 episodes and sharing the screen with the likes of Karl Urban who plays Billy Butcher, and Anthony Starr who portrays Homelander.
Dominique made her film debut with the role of Emily in the 2008 horror “Dark Floors.” In the year that followed, she played Tess Bell in the Duncan Jones-directed sci-fi “Moon.” Her next notable role was in the 2011 Irish buddy cop movie “The Guard,” which starred Brendan Gleeson, Mark Strong and Don Cheadle, and in the same year portrayed Etta Place in Mateo Gil-directed Western, “Blackthorn.” Dominique is good at horseback riding and her skills came in handy during the shooting of the film in Bolivia, appearing alongside Sam Shepard, Stephen Rea,and Eduardo Noriega. 2012 saw Dominique portray Joy Dietz in the David Chase-directed drama film “Not Fade Away,” which is set in 1960s New Jersey, and stars David Chase, John Magaro, James Gandolfini and Jack Huston.
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Dominique’s performance in “The Boys” has seen her receive two joint IGN Summer Movie Award nominations for Best TV Ensemble in 2019 and 2020, and an MTV Movie + TV Award nomination for Best Fight in 2021. Moreover, she received an Irish Film and Television Award (IFTA) nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Drama for her performance in “House of Cards” in 2017.
Dominique prefers to lead a private life and does not have any social media accounts.
McElligott has remained tight-lipped about her dating life. It’s widely speculated that she is in a serious romantic relationship with a mysterious man, but she has not addressed her dating rumor. Previously, McElligott was in a brief relationship with her “Hell on Wheels” co-star, the American actor Anson Mount. Mount was born in Illinois on 25 February 1973, and is famous for his performances in the sci-fi TV series “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds” and “Marvel the Inhumans (OV),” and the 2021 crime thriller film “The Virtuoso.” Mount is currently a married man – he walked the aisle with the professional Canadian photographer, Darah Trang in 2018. On the other hand, Dominique is seemingly unmarried without any children as of 2023.
In a 2017 interview, McElligott revealed that she hadn’t visited her hometown in Dublin since 2007; she currently resides in Los Angeles, California.
The actress follows the Christianity religion.
Height, Weight, and Physical Appearance
McElligott is of White ethnicity and has a set of hazel eyes and long blonde hair. She has an hourglass body, weighs around 125lbs (57kgs), is 5ft 8ins (1.73m) tall, with vital statistics of 34-24-35, and wears dress and shoe sizes 5 (US) and 6 (US) respectively.
Dominique has carved a niche for herself in the Irish and American showbiz industry, which has made her modestly rich and famous. Her net worth is approximately $5 million, as of mid-2023.