Shortly before his death, he said: "Glin has been the ancestral property of my family for over 700 years.

"It is my greatest hope that it will continue to remain in the family and be enjoyed and cherished long into the future." Miss Fitzgerald added: “Dad was always going around with a hammer putting up pictures and moving things around. At heart he was a museum curator and he liked to keep it all perfect.” The castle features drawing rooms and a library, paintings and furniture collections, a flying staircase, nine bedroom suites in the main wing and room to sleep five in another wing.

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He is best known for playing Jimmy Mc Nulty in The Wire, and won the British Academy Television Award for Best Actor at the 2012 British Academy Television Awards for portraying serial killer Fred West in Appropriate Adult.

West's screen appearances include True Blue, Chicago, Richard III, and Mona Lisa Smile.

"So that’s what’s really fun because you are basically playing two different characters or several different characters.

I don’t care what a dick he is - I just put it all in perspective.” Perhaps next year will be West’s turn to shine at the Golden Globe Awards, where last year The Affair won the Best TV Drama award, with Wilson winning Best Actress.

He trekked to the South Pole against Team UK (led by Prince Harry) and Team America (led by Alexander Skarsgård).

A few days into the trek, it was decided that the competition part of the race would be cancelled due to hazardous terrain and weather conditions, so the teams combined forces and continued.

West played the part over the phone in January 2009 while Eminem was recording it in a Miami studio.

In 2011, West appeared as a news presenter on the BBC-TV period drama series The Hour.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 18: Actor Dominic West speaks onstage at the 'The Affair' panel during the SHOWTIME Network portion of the 2014 Summer Television Critics Association at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 18, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California.