Is it in the genes? Daughter of The Wire star Dominic West to make big screen debut

By Daily Mail Reporter

The daughter of The Wire star Dominic West will have her own taste of stardom on Sunday.

Martha West, 10, will join co-stars Paul Bettany and his wife Jennifer Connelly at the British premiere of Creation, a film about Charles Darwin.

Making her film debut, Martha plays Darwin's daughter Annie, whose death pushed him towards writing about natural selection in The Origin Of Species.

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Dynasty: Martha West, daughter of The Wire star Dominic, will star alongside Paul Bettany as Charles Darwin in Creation

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Dad: Dominic West

She won the role after attending open auditions at the suggestion of her father's agent - despite the British actor's initial misgivings.

West, who plays Detective Jimmy McNulty in the cult American crime series, said: "It's not something I'd instantly want my children to do, but she's always wanted to act. I took her to the audition so she could see what a nightmare it is and she blew the doors off."

The film's director, Jon Amiel, said: "I only found out after I cast her that she was Dominic West's daughter. It tends to indicate that talent for acting could possibly be genetic - something I'm sure Mr Darwin would have something to say about."

Martha is West's child with his former partner, Polly Astor. They split when she was a toddler but will both accompany her to the West End premiere at the Curzon Mayfair.