Dominic Cooper

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Dominic Cooper
Dominic Cooper 2010.jpg
Cooper at 10 Downing Street, 23 November 2010
Born Dominic Edward Cooper
(1978-06-02) 2 June 1978 (age 35)
Greenwich, London, England, UK
Occupation Actor
Years active 1995–present

Dominic Edward Cooper (born 2 June 1978) is an English actor. He has worked in TV, film, theatre and radio, in productions including Mamma Mia!, The Duchess, The History Boys, The Devil's Double, Captain America: The First Avenger, and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.

Early life[edit]

Cooper was born and brought up in Greenwich, London,[1] the son of Julie (Heron), a nursery school teacher, and Brian Cooper, an auctioneer.[2][3][4] His maternal great-grandfather was film enthusiast E. T. Heron, who published The Kinematograph Weekly. He attended the Thomas Tallis School in Kidbrooke, London, and trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), graduating in 2000. He also attended John Ball Primary School.

Career[edit]

He first worked in television and film before making his stage debut in Mother Clap's Molly House at the National Theatre in 2001. Cooper was involved in Alan Bennett's play The History Boys from its first reading.[5] He also toured with the production to Broadway, Sydney, Wellington and Hong Kong as well as appearing in the radio and film adaptations of the play.[6][7][8] In 2005, Cooper also appeared in a commercial for condom company Durex.[9] He has had notable roles in the Royal National Theatre's adaptation of the His Dark Materials trilogy where he played the lead character Will Parry, the TV series Down To Earth and Sense & Sensibility. He is possibly best known for his work in Mamma Mia!, in which he sang several songs. In the film, his character was engaged to the daughter (played by Amanda Seyfried) of the lead (Meryl Streep). He appears opposite Keira Knightley in The Duchess and can also be seen in An Education. He guest-starred in the "Aspinol" sketch in James Corden's BBC3 show Horne & Corden.[citation needed] In 2009 he played Hippolytus in Phedre at the National Theatre alongside Helen Mirren and Margaret Tyzack. In 2010, he played rock-drummer Ben in the film Tamara Drewe, and in 2011 played the leading roles of Latif Yahia and Uday Hussein in the biographical film The Devil's Double. In 2011 he also appeared as Howard Stark in the Marvel film Captain America: The First Avenger. In 2012 he appeared as vampire Henry Sturges in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. In 2014, he reprised his role as Stark in both Agent Carter and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. On December 4, 2013, Legendary Pictures announced that Cooper would be joining the cast of Warcraft film adaptation, set to be released in March 2016.[10]

Recognition and awards[edit]

Cooper was nominated for a 2006 Drama Desk Award for his work on the Broadway production of The History Boys.[11]

He was nominated for the for Most Promising Newcomer (On Screen) award at the 2006 British Independent Film Awards[12] and has been nominated for the British Film Critics' Circle's 2006 award for British actor in support[13] for his work on the film version of The History Boys.

Personal life[edit]

He is a good friend of his former The History Boys co-star, James Corden. Cooper lived for a while in Corden's house until Corden started a family with his girlfriend.[14]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2001 From Hell Constable
Anazapta Clerk
2002 The Gentleman Thief PC Merrifield
The Final Curtain Young Priest
2003 Boudica
I'll Be There Boyfriend
2005 Breakfast on Pluto Squaddie at disco
2006 Starter for 10 Spencer Nominated – Empire Awards Best Male Newcomer
The History Boys Dakin Nominated – Empire Awards Best Male Newcomer
Nominated – British Independent Film Award Most Promising Newcomer
Nominated – ALFS Award British Supporting Actor of the Year
2008 The Duchess Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey
Mamma Mia! Sky
The Escapist Lacey
2009 Brief Interviews with Hideous Men Daniel / Subject 46
Freefall Dave
An Education Danny Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture (shared w/ cast)
2010 Tamara Drewe Ben
2011 A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures Sammy
Captain America: The First Avenger Howard Stark
The Devil's Double Latif Yahia / Uday Hussein Nominated – Saturn Award Best Actor
My Week with Marilyn Milton Greene Capri Ensemble Cast Award (shared w/ cast)
2012 Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Henry Sturges
2013 Dead Man Down Darcy
Summer in February AJ Munnings
Agent Carter Howard Stark
2014 Reasonable Doubt Mitch Brockden
Need for Speed Dino Brewster
Captain America: The Winter Soldier Howard Stark
Dracula Untold Mehmed the Second Post-production
2016 Warcraft Filming
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2001 The Infinite Worlds of H. G. Wells Sidney Davidson Episode: Davidson's Eyes
Band of Brothers Allington Episode: Currahee
2003 Sparkling Cyanide Andy Hoffman TV film
2004 Down To Earth Danny Wood Episode: First Love
2008 Sense and Sensibility Mr. Willoughby 3 episodes
Never Mind the Buzzcocks Himself
God on Trial Moche
2009 Friday Night with Jonathan Ross Himself
2010 Chris Moyles' Quiz Night
2013 Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond Ian Fleming TV Mini-Series
2014 The Graham Norton Show Himself
Theatre
Year Title Role Notes
2001 Mother Clap's Molly House Thomas / Josh Lyttelton Theatre
Royal National Theatre
2002 Caryl Churchill Events Royal Court Theatre
A Midsummer Night's Dream Puck Royal Shakespeare Company
2003 Call to Prayer Operating Theatre Company
2003–2004 His Dark Materials Will Olivier Theatre
Royal National Theatre
2004 The History Boys Dakin Lyttelton Theatre
Royal National Theatre
2006 Broadhurst Theatre
Sydney Theatre
St James
Lyric Theatre
Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
Nominated – Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
2009 Phèdre Hippolytus Royal National Theatre
Shakespeare Theatre Company
Radio
Year Title Role Notes
2005 The All-Colour Vegetarian Cookbook Damien
2006 The History Boys Dakin

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/fashion/features/interview-dominic-cooper--i-nearly-broke-ronnie-woods-shoulder-8877311.html
  2. ^ Das, Lina (8 October 2009). "Super Cooper: Dominic Cooper's Hollywood education". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 2014-02-23. "There are few 31-year-old actors who can claim..." 
  3. ^ Hardy, Rebecca (11 January 2008). "Secrets of the new Mr Darcy: Rising star Dominic Cooper". Daily Mail (UK). Archived from the original on June 4, 2008. Retrieved 20 July 2008. "...the 29-year-old..." 
  4. ^ Riegel publisher= Broadway.com, Katie (26 September 2007). "Dominic Cooper, Fresh Face: Broadway.com Buzz". Archived from the original on 26 September 2007. Retrieved 17 October 2006. "Age: 27" 
  5. ^ Bennett, Alan; Nicholas Hytner (14 November 2006). The History Boys The Film. Faber & Faber. p. viii. ISBN 0-86547-971-2. 
  6. ^ "Internet Broadway Database: Dominic Cooper Credits on Broadway". Retrieved 17 October 2006. 
  7. ^ "National Theatre : Productions : The History Boys 2004". Retrieved 17 October 2006. 
  8. ^ "The History Boys". The Sydney Morning Herald. 9 March 2006. Retrieved 17 October 2006. 
  9. ^ Durex Commercial on YouTube
  10. ^ Collura, Scott (December 4, 2013). "Ben Foster and Dominic Cooper Head for Warcraft". IGN. Retrieved December 5, 2013. 
  11. ^ "2006 – Drama Desk Awards – Nominations". Archived from the original on 7 October 2006. Retrieved 17 October 2006. 
  12. ^ "British Independent Film Awards Announce Nominations". 26 October 2006. Archived from the original on 28 April 2007. Retrieved 11 November 2006. 
  13. ^ Dawtrey, Adam (15 December 2006). "London critics favor 'Queen'". Variety. Retrieved 16 December 2006. 
  14. ^ Cadwalladr, Carole (7 August 2011). "Dominic Cooper: the devil inside". The Guardian (London). 

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