Cooper at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con International
|Born||Dominic Edward Cooper
2 June 1978
Greenwich, London, England
Dominic Edward Cooper (born 2 June 1978) is an English actor. He has worked in television, film, theatre and radio, in productions including Starter for 10, Mamma Mia!, The Duchess, The History Boys, The Devil's Double, Captain America: The First Avenger, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Agent Carter, Dracula Untold, and Warcraft. He currently portrays Jesse Custer on the AMC show Preacher.
Cooper was born and brought up in Greenwich, London, the son of Julie (née Heron), a nursery school teacher, and Brian Cooper, an auctioneer. His maternal great-grandfather was film enthusiast E. T. Heron, who published The Kinematograph Weekly. He attended John Ball Primary School in Blackheath, London, followed by Thomas Tallis School in nearby Kidbrooke, then trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), graduating in 2000.
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. 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. 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.
In 2008, he appeared as Sky in Mamma Mia!, in which he sang several songs. The same year, he appeared opposite Keira Knightley in The Duchess as Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey. Cooper starred in films An Education and Freefall in 2009, and also 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 and portrayed Milton H. Greene in My Week with Marilyn. 2011 was also the year Cooper first appeared as Howard Stark in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Initially appearing in the film Captain America: The First Avenger, he reprised his role in the Marvel One-Shot Agent Carter two years later, and in the television series of the same name in 2015 and 2016.
In 2012, he appeared as vampire Henry Sturges in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and in 2014, he portrayed the main antagonist in two films: Dino Brewster in Need for Speed and Mehmed in Dracula Untold. Cooper depicted James Bond author Ian Fleming in the television mini-series Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond in 2014. The next year, Cooper appeared in two films, Miss You Already and The Lady in the Van.
In late 2016, Cooper starred in a well-received West End revival of Stephen Jeffreys’ 1994 play, The Libertine at the Haymarket Theatre; he played John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester, the role originated on stage by John Malkovich and played by Johnny Depp in the 2004 film.
Recognition and awards
He was nominated for the Most Promising Newcomer (On Screen) award at the 2006 British Independent Film Awards and has been nominated for the British Film Critics' Circle's 2006 award for British actor in support for his work on the film version of The History Boys.
|2001||The Infinite Worlds of H. G. Wells||Sidney Davidson||Episode: "Davidson's Eyes"|
|2001||Band of Brothers||Allington||Episode: "Currahee"|
|2003||Sparkling Cyanide||Andy Hoffman||Television film|
|2004||Down To Earth||Danny Wood||Episode: "First Love"|
|2008||Sense and Sensibility||Mr. Willoughby||3 episodes|
|2008||God on Trial||Moche||Television film|
|2014||Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond||Ian Fleming||Miniseries
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television
|2015–16||Agent Carter||Howard Stark||5 episodes
Nominated – Online Film & Television Association Award for Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series (2015)
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Guest Performance in a Television Series (2015)
|2016–present||Preacher||Jesse Custer||Lead role|
|2005||The All-Colour Vegetarian Cookbook||Damien|
|2006||The History Boys||Dakin|
|2001||Mother Clap's Molly House||Thomas / Josh||Lyttelton Theatre
Royal National Theatre
|2002||Caryl Churchill Events||Royal Court Theatre|
|2002||A Midsummer Night's Dream||Puck||Royal Shakespeare Company|
|2003||Call to Prayer||Operating Theatre Company|
|2003–04||His Dark Materials||Will||Olivier Theatre
Royal National Theatre
|2004||The History Boys||Dakin||Lyttelton Theatre
Royal National Theatre
|2006||The History Boys||Dakin||Broadhurst 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
|2016||The Libertine||John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester||Theatre Royal Haymarket|
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