British actor Dominic West last night recalled his life as a student in Dublin as he received a special award at Trinity College.

The 42-year-old - best known as Jimmy McNulty on The Wire - arrived at his alma mater with his wife Catherine, where he was presented with the Gold Medal of Honorary Patronage from the Philosophical Society.

"I first met my wife here and we had a passionate affair in the summer of 1990 and I remember as Ireland was easing its way into the quarter-finals of the World Cup I eased my way onto the roof of a building to celebrate being young and in love and on the most beautiful campus in any capital city in the world," he recalled.

The Old Etonian actor and his wife, who is the daughter of the late Desmond Fitzgerald, the 29th Knight of Glin, went their separate ways after college. They met up again, had three children, and were married last year at Glin Castle.