Dominic Cooper

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Dominic Cooper
Dominic Cooper by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Born Dominic Edward Cooper
(1978-06-02) 2 June 1978 (age 38)
Greenwich, London, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 1995–present

Dominic Edward Cooper (born 2 June 1978)[1] is an English[2] 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.

Early life[edit]

Cooper was born and brought up in Greenwich, London,[3] the son of Julie (née Heron), a nursery school teacher, and Brian Cooper, an auctioneer.[4][5][6] 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.[7] 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.[8][9][10] 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.[11] The same year, he appeared opposite Keira Knightley in The Duchess as Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey.[12] 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.[13]

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.[12] 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.[12][14] 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.[15]

Cooper plays Jesse Custer, the lead role in AMC's Preacher;[16] the programme debuted in May 2016. Cooper co-starred in the Warcraft film adaptation, which was released in June 2016.[17]

Recognition and awards[edit]

Cooper was nominated for a 2006 Drama Desk Award for his work on the Broadway production of The History Boys.[18]

He was nominated for the Most Promising Newcomer (On Screen) award at the 2006 British Independent Film Awards[19] and has been nominated for the British Film Critics' Circle's 2006 award for British actor in support[20] for his work on the film version of The History Boys.

Personal life[edit]

Cooper shared a flat, for a time, with his co-star in The History Boys, James Corden, until Corden started a family with his wife, Julia Carey.[21]

Cooper has been dating actress Ruth Negga since 2010, and the couple live together in London.[22][23]

In August 2014, Cooper was one of 200 public figures who were signatories to a letter to The Guardian opposing Scottish independence in the run-up to September's referendum on that issue.[24]



Year Title Role Notes
2001 From Hell Constable
2001 Anazapta Clerk
2002 The Gentleman Thief PC Merrifield
2002 The Final Curtain Young Priest
2003 Boudica
2003 I'll Be There Boyfriend
2005 Breakfast on Pluto Squaddie at disco
2006 Starter for 10 Spencer Nominated – Empire Award for Best Male Newcomer
2006 The History Boys Dakin Nominated – ALFS Award for British Supporting Actor of the Year
Nominated – British Independent Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer
Nominated – Empire Award for Best Male Newcomer
2008 The Duchess Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey
2008 Mamma Mia! Sky
2008 The Escapist Lacey
2009 Brief Interviews with Hideous Men Daniel / Subject 46
2009 Freefall Dave Matthews
2009 An Education Danny Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2010 Tamara Drewe Ben
2011 A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures Sammy Voice
2011 Captain America: The First Avenger Howard Stark
2011 The Devil's Double Latif Yahia / Uday Hussein Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Actor
2011 My Week with Marilyn Milton H. Greene Capri Ensemble Cast Award
2012 Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Henry Sturges
2013 Dead Man Down Darcy
2013 Summer in February AJ Munnings
2013 Agent Carter Howard Stark Short film
2014 Reasonable Doubt Mitch Brockden
2014 Need for Speed Dino Brewster
2014 Dracula Untold Mehmed the Second
2015 Miss You Already Kit
2015 The Lady in the Van Theatre Actor
2016 Warcraft King Llane
2016 Stratton: First into Action John Stratton Completed


Year Title Role Notes
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


Year Title Role Notes
2005 The All-Colour Vegetarian Cookbook Damien
2006 The History Boys Dakin


Year Title Role Notes
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
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
2016 The Libertine John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester Theatre Royal Haymarket


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  9. ^ "National Theatre : Productions : The History Boys 2004". Retrieved 17 October 2006. 
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  11. ^ "Nick Hytner's history boys". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 23 May 2016. 
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  13. ^ Spencer, Charles (12 June 2009). "Phèdre with Helen Mirren at the National Theatre, review". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 23 May 2016. 
  14. ^ Foundas, Scott (30 September 2014). "Film Review: 'Dracula Untold'". Variety. Retrieved 23 May 2016. 
  15. ^ Barraclough, Leo (24 September 2014). "First Look: Drew Barrymore, Toni Collette Shoot 'Miss You Already' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 23 May 2016. 
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  19. ^ "British Independent Film Awards Announce Nominations". 26 October 2006. Archived from the original on 28 April 2007. Retrieved 11 November 2006. 
  20. ^ Dawtrey, Adam (15 December 2006). "London critics favor 'Queen'". Variety. Retrieved 16 December 2006. 
  21. ^ Cadwalladr, Carole (7 August 2011). "Dominic Cooper: the devil inside". The Guardian. London. 
  22. ^ Notaro, Vicki (23 May 2016). "How Oscar-tipped Ruth Negga's star has finally ascended...". Irish Independent. Retrieved 23 May 2016. 
  23. ^ McBride, Caitlin (8 June 2016). "Irish actress Ruth Negga and Dominic Cooper make rare public appearance at Warcraft premiere". Irish Independent. Retrieved 9 June 2016. 
  24. ^ "Celebrities' open letter to Scotland – full text and list of signatories | Politics". 2014-08-07. Retrieved 2014-08-26. 

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