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 37)
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 Mamma Mia!, The Duchess, The History Boys, The Devil's Double, Captain America: The First Avenger, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Dracula Untold.

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 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.


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.

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. Also in 2009 he played an unscrupulous sub-prime mortage salesman "Diamond" Dave Matthews. 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 the Marvel One-Shot Agent Carter and later in the 2015 television mini-series of the same name. On December 4, 2013, Legendary Pictures announced that Cooper would be joining the cast of the Warcraft film adaptation, set to be released in June 2016.[11]

In April 2015 Seth Rogen announced via his Twitter that Cooper was cast to play Jesse Custer, the lead role in AMC's upcoming TV series Preacher scheduled to premier mid-2016.[12]

Recognition and awards[edit]

Cooper was nominated for a 2006 Drama Desk Award for his work on the Broadway production of The History Boys.[13]

He was nominated for the for Most Promising Newcomer (On Screen) award at the 2006 British Independent Film Awards[14] and has been nominated for the British Film Critics' Circle's 2006 award for British actor in support[15] for his work on the film version of The History Boys.

Personal life[edit]

Cooper shared a house, for a time, with his co-star in The History Boys, James Corden, until Corden started a family with his girlfriend.[16]

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.[17]


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 Award for Best Male Newcomer
The History Boys Dakin Nominated – Empire Award for Best Male Newcomer
Nominated – British Independent Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer
Nominated – ALFS Award for 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 Matthews
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 for 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
Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter Howard Stark Short film
2014 Reasonable Doubt Mitch Brockden
Need for Speed Dino Brewster
Dracula Untold Mehmed the Second
2015 Miss You Already Kit
The Lady in the Van Theatre Actor
2016 Warcraft King Llane Post-production
Stratton: First Into Action John Stratton Filming
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
God on Trial Moche
2014 Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond Ian Fleming TV mini-series
2015 Agent Carter Howard Stark Recurring role; 3 episodes
2016 Preacher Jesse Custer Starring role
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
Year Title Role Notes
2005 The All-Colour Vegetarian Cookbook Damien
2006 The History Boys Dakin


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  2. ^ "Dominic Cooper leaves Mamma Mia! far behind to play Saddam's son". The Guardian. 2014-03-13. Retrieved 2014-05-09. 
  3. ^ Mottram, James (2013-10-14). "Interview: Dominic Cooper - 'I nearly broke Ronnie Wood's shoulder'". The Independent. Retrieved 2014-05-09. 
  4. ^ 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... 
  5. ^ 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... 
  6. ^ Riegel, Katie (26 September 2007). "Dominic Cooper, Fresh Face". Archived from the original on 26 September 2007. Retrieved 17 October 2006. Age: 27 
  7. ^ Bennett, Alan; Hytner, Nicholas (14 November 2006). The History Boys The Film. Faber & Faber. p. viii. ISBN 0-86547-971-2. 
  8. ^ "Internet Broadway Database: Dominic Cooper Credits on Broadway". Retrieved 17 October 2006. 
  9. ^ "National Theatre : Productions : The History Boys 2004". Retrieved 17 October 2006. 
  10. ^ "The History Boys". The Sydney Morning Herald. 9 March 2006. Retrieved 17 October 2006. 
  11. ^ Collura, Scott (December 4, 2013). "Ben Foster and Dominic Cooper Head for Warcraft". IGN. Retrieved December 5, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Preacher: Dominic Cooper is Jesse Custer - IGN". IGN. Retrieved 2015-12-04. 
  13. ^ "2006 – Drama Desk Awards – Nominations". Archived from the original on 7 October 2006. Retrieved 17 October 2006. 
  14. ^ "British Independent Film Awards Announce Nominations". 26 October 2006. Archived from the original on 28 April 2007. Retrieved 11 November 2006. 
  15. ^ Dawtrey, Adam (15 December 2006). "London critics favor 'Queen'". Variety. Retrieved 16 December 2006. 
  16. ^ Cadwalladr, Carole (7 August 2011). "Dominic Cooper: the devil inside". The Guardian (London). 
  17. ^ "Celebrities' open letter to Scotland – full text and list of signatories | Politics". 2014-08-07. Retrieved 2014-08-26. 

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