Who is Dominique McElligott?
Dominique McElligott was born in Dublin, Ireland, on 3 May 1986 – her zodiac sign’s Taurus and she holds Irish nationality. She’s an actress who’s probably known best for her portrayal of the supporting character Hannah Conway in the drama series “House of Cards”, created by Beau Willimon and which starred Kevin Spacey, Michel Gill and Robin Wright. It follows a Congressman and his wife as they’re seeking to have their revenge on those who have betrayed them. The series aired from 2013 to 2018, and won 34 awards including two Golden Globes, while it was nominated for 215 other awards.
Early life and education
Dominique’s quite secretive when it comes to her family and hasn’t shared any details concerning her parents, but it’s known that they spent a lot of time watching movies and TV series when she was still very young. As she hasn’t spoken about having any siblings, Dominique’s believed to be an only child.
She attended a local high school in Dublin at which she was physically active, as she played volleyball and soccer, while she was mostly interested in acting. Dominique appeared in several plays during her first year, and then in 2001 aged 15 made her debut TV series appearance with her portrayal of Cora Collins in the sports drama series “Oh Home Ground”, which starred Amy Huberman, Rory Keenan and Sean McGinley, and follows a Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) club from a small town in Ireland, as they’re hoping to win the country’s championship.
Dominique focused on her education, and continued acting only after she matriculated in 2004, but she also enrolled at University College, Dublin from which she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre in 2008.
Roles in movies
Dominique made her debut film appearance in 2005 with her portrayal of Rachel in the drama “Whiskey Echo”, but which failed to attract any attention. In 2008, she played the supporting character Emily in the fantasy horror action “Dark Floors”, and the same year saw her portray another supporting character Dr. Johnson in the romantic drama “Satellites & Meteorites”, while she gained recognition in the following year with her portrayal of Tess Bell, one of the lead characters in the mystery science fiction drama “Moon”, written and directed by Duncan Jones, and which also starred Sam Rockwell and Kevin Spacey.
The movie follows Sam Bell who has spent three years on the Moon with the computer GERTY, and who has now sent to Earth a resource which could solve the planet’s power problems. The movie was a hit, winning 28 awards including a BAFTA, while it was nominated for 37 other awards.
In 2010, Dominique portrayed Bride in another hit movie, the romantic comedy “Leap Year”, which follows Anna Brady as she’s planning to travel to Dublin on the 29th February and propose to her boyfriend, because it’s an Irish tradition that a man who’s proposed to on a leap day has to say ‘yes’.
The following years saw Dominique appear in several critically acclaimed movies, such as the 2011 crime thriller comedy “The Guard”, which starred Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle and won 17 awards, the 2011 western action adventure “Blackthorn” which starred Sam Shepard and won six awards, and the 2012 drama “Not Fade Away”, which won three awards.
Two of Dominique’s most recent roles in movies have been her portrayal of the supporting character Katherine Castman in the 2014 drama “The Money”, and of another supporting character Martha in the 2019 drama “Two/One”.
Roles in TV series
In early 2008, Dominique appeared in the pilot of the fantasy comedy “Being Human”, and she gained recognition later that year when cast to star as Rebecca Marsh in the drama “Raw”, which follows the lives of people working at the Dublin restaurant Raw. It won one of the eight awards it was nominated for.
The year 2009 saw her appear in three episodes of the action adventure drama “The Philanthropist”, and in 2011 Dominique was invited to play the supporting character Lily Bell in the western drama “Hell on Wheels”, which starred Anson Mount, Colm Meaney and Robin McLeavy, and follows Cullen Bohannon, a former Confederate soldier who, even though the Civil War has finished, is set to kill the Union soldiers to avenge his dead wife. The series was a hit, winning 20 of the 55 awards it was nominated for, including a Primetime Emmy. In 2015, Dominique starred as Louise Shepard alongside JoAnna Garcia Swisher and Yvonne Strahovski in ten episodes of the drama “The Astronaut Wives Club”, created by Stephanie Savage and which is based on the eponymous novel by Lily Koppel.
She has appeared in only two other series – in 2016, she was cast to play Kathleen Moore in all nine episodes of the drama “The Last Tycoon”, and from 2019 to 2021 she portrayed Queen Maeve, one of the lead characters in the hit action crime comedy “The Boys”, created by Eric Kripke and which also starred Karl Urban, Jack Quaid and Antony Starr. The series follows a group of ‘good’ superheroes determined to fight corrupt superheroes who are abusing their powers; it won six of the 27 awards it was nominated for, including a Primetime Emmy.
Awards and nominations
Dominique has been nominated for three awards, in 2017 for an Irish Film and Television Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Drama for her performance in the series “House of Cards”.
Then in both 2019 and 2020, she and her colleagues were nominated for an IGN Summer Movie Award for Best TV Ensemble for their performance in the series “The Boys”.
Love life and husband
Dominique belongs to the group of the most secretive actresses, as she hasn’t spoken of any men or women she has perhaps been with, and this is mostly why there are various rumors circulating the internet concerning her love life and her sexual orientation.
Some of her fans believe the popular actress to be married to a mysterious man, and it’s said that she prefers to keep the marriage a secret not because of how it might affect her career, but because of how her career could affect the marriage. Dominique hasn’t commented on these rumors, nor has any evidence been provided to support these claims.
There are also those who believe her to be a lesbian, while a fan has claimed to have seen Dominique being rather too close to a female friend, but this hasn’t been confirmed either.
As of March 2021, Dominique seems to be single, hasn’t married and doesn’t have children.
Hobbies and other interests
Dominique’s a huge animal-lover, and has a pet dog called Karola which can be seen featured in a couple of her Instagram pictures. She has been to several zoos and aquariums, and some of her favorite ‘animals’ are monkeys, dolphins and giraffes.
Dominique’s passionate about travelling, and her acting career has taken her to several US states, while the popular actress has also travelled for pleasure, visiting various South American and European countries. Her dream travel destination is still London, England.
She’s keen on exercising, and has several training sessions at the gym each week, while Dominique also practices yoga on a daily basis.
She has her own favorite actors and actresses, some of whom are Johnny Depp, Channing Tatum and Anne Hathaway, and a couple of her favorite movies are the franchise “Pirates of the Caribbean”, “Dear John” and “Les Miserables”.
Age, measurements and net worth
Dominique’s age is 34. She has short brown hair and green eyes, her height is 5ft 8ins (1.73m) and she weighs around 140lbs (64kgs).
As of March 2021, her net worth has been estimated at over $3 million.