Emrhys Cooper

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Emrhys Cooper
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Born Emrhys Matthew Cooper
Totnes, Devon, England, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Occupation Actor, Dancer, Singer

Emrhys Cooper (Born February 14, 1985) [1] is a British actor, singer and dancer, currently, the male lead role in the Emmy nominated Stylehaul Drama Series Vanity (2015)[2] in which he stars alongside Denise Richards and Karrueche Tran.

He has appeared in films such as Mamma Mia (2008), Stephen Fry’s period drama Bright Young Things (2003), the romantic comedy Walk a Mile in My Pradas (2011), the award winning indie drama Till We Meet Again (2016) and the Sci-fi drama Altered Perception (2016).

He can be seen in the upcoming drama series Relationship Status (2016) alongside Milo Ventimiglia, Emma Bell and Shawn Ashmore.

Early life, family and education[edit]

Cooper was born in Devon, England.[3] His father, Christopher, is a teacher and founder of the UK's South Devon Rudolf Steiner School. His mother, Raphaela, is an artist and former dancer.[4]

Growing up, Cooper spent his free time training in dance, singing and acting. He started working professionally at the age of 12. He appeared in several UK TV shows and commercials.[5]

He earned a scholarship to The Central School of Ballet, where he studied from the ages of 16-18. He then changed course and attended the prestigious Laine Theatre Arts School to pursue a career in musical theatre.

He graduated with honours at the age of 19.[4]

Career[edit]

2005 - 2014[edit]

Cooper made his professional stage debut in the national tour of Fame - the Musical[4] before making his West End debut at 21 in the Queen musical We Will Rock You[6].

In addition to appearing in West End musicals, Cooper also worked as a dancer with many of the worlds biggest recording artists including Madonna, Christina Aguilera, Pussycat Dolls and the Sugababes, (in the video for "Push the Button") as the Geeky Guy directed by Matthew Rolston. Whilst dancing, Cooper appeared on TV shows such as X Factor, Americas Got Talent, Stars in their Eyes and the MTV European Music Awards.[7]

Cooper has made several appearances on British television, such as a recurring role on the soap opera Coronation Street, I'd Do Anything and 999.

[7] His on-screen debut was in the 2003 film, Bright Young Things.[8] He also featured in Mamma Mia! in 2008.[9]

In 2008, he moved to Los Angeles where he quickly started working on many of the USA's biggest shows including Desperate Housewives, CSI:NY, Touch and Blackish.[10] His biggest role on prime time network TV came when he was cast on the hit TV series Person of Interest playing MI6 spy Young Greer. The elder John Greer is portrayed by the British actor John Nolan (cousin of Christopher Nolan).[10]

Cooper has also had a string of independent movies such as Walk a Mile in My Pradas,[11] I Want to get Married, Bloodrush, Altered Perception[12], and Till We Meet Again [10].

In 2013, Cooper was cast as the lead role in the Bhutanese feature film Kushuthara - Pattern of Love, filmed in the Kingdom of Bhutan.[13] Cooper is the first ever Western actor to star in a Bhutanese film.[14] 'Kushuthara' went on to garner wins at international film festivals [15] and Cooper was awarded outstanding performance from a leading actor in the IndieFest film festival.[13]

Notable US stage work includes the Dream It [16] Productions critically acclaimed production of Entertaining Mr Sloan. Cooper won several awards for his portrayal of "Sloan" including being voted “Person to Watch" by Broadway World[17].

2015 - present[edit]

Cooper landed the lead role in the remake of the classic silent horror film Nosferatu, playing the lead role of Thomas Hutter.

This marks Cooper’s biggest film role to date. The film also stars Doug Jones in the iconic role of Count Orlok. Other cast includes Joely Fisher and Sarah Carter.[18]

Music[edit]

In 2013, Cooper co-wrote and released his debut single "Hypnotized" through Inspire U records. The song played on many of the UK's major stations. The song can be heard in the feature film Kushuthara: Pattern of Love.[19]

In 2016 he released the single "Reboot My Heart", which he co wrote with his songwriting partner Elaine Macaulso. Cooper also directed the music video shot in Bangkok and Ko Tao - Thailand.[19]

Humanitarian work[edit]

In February 2016, whilst shooting The Temple [20] in Bhutan, Cooper visited the Neyphug (Heyphug) Monastery & School for orphaned and underprivileged boys. The site had been severely hit by an earthquake. Neyphug is a charitable organization that supports a monk community with a 450-year Buddhist history in the Kingdom of Bhutan.[21] Cooper was so moved by this experience he created a short documentary and GoFundMe campaign to help restore the monastery to its original glory.[22]

Cooper also created a public service announcement after losing his song writing partner, Elaine Macaluso, to urethral cancer. He supports Urology Care Foundation,[23] hoping to build awareness and urge people to get regular health check ups.

Cooper is also passionate about protecting wildlife and creating a healthy planet with WWF and Greenpeace. Cooper shares his home with 3 rescued cats and an African grey parrot.

Filmography[edit]

Television
Year Title Role Notes
2003 Bright Young Things Ambrose
2005 Coronation Street: Pantomime James
2006 Coronation Street James Guest, 1 episode
2008 Mistresses Jake Guliford Guest, 4 episodes.
2008 I'd Do Anything Himself Performer, 5 episodes
2008 America's Got Talent Himself Dance, 9 episodes
2008 The X Factor Himself Dancer
2008 CSI: NY Vincent Wright Guest, "The Cost of Living episode.
Credited as "Emrhys Matthew Cooper"
2012 Desperate Housewives Richard Who Can Say What's True? episode
2014 Person of Interest young John Greer "The Cold War" episode
Film
Year Title Role Notes
2008 Mamma Mia![24] Stag
2010 Walk a Mile in My Pradas Michael Also credited as "executive producer"

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1869082/
  2. ^ "2016 Daytime Emmy Awards: Full List of Nominees". E! Online. Retrieved 2016-04-25. 
  3. ^ http://britsinla.blogspot.com/2013/08/meet-member-emrhys-cooper.html/
  4. ^ a b c "Film and TV Now Interview: Emrhys Cooper - Film and TV Now". Film and TV Now. Retrieved 2016-04-25. 
  5. ^ "Interview Extra | Emrhys Cooper, Desperate Housewives | TV Choice". www.tvchoicemagazine.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-04-25. 
  6. ^ "Totnes actor Emrhys Cooper to appear in hit US drama tonight". Torquay Herald Express. Retrieved 2016-04-25. 
  7. ^ a b "Interview with Emrhys Cooper". Frost Magazine. Retrieved 2016-04-25. 
  8. ^ "Emrhys Cooper". Talent Monthly Magazine. Retrieved 2016-04-25. 
  9. ^ "FTN Interviews Kushuthara: Pattern of Love and Desperate Housewives star Emrhys Cooper". www.followingthenerd.com. Retrieved 2016-04-25. 
  10. ^ a b c "EXCLUSIVE: Emrhys Cooper talks Person of Interest role!". Unreality TV. Retrieved 2016-04-25. 
  11. ^ "Emrhys Cooper stars as Michael in 'Walk a Mile in My Pradas'". Anglotopia.net. Retrieved 2016-04-25. 
  12. ^ "From Devon to Hollywood: Model and dancer Emrhys Cooper's rise to fame". Western Morning News. Retrieved 2016-04-25. 
  13. ^ a b "Chicks Chat with Emrhys Cooper | Those London Chicks". Those London Chicks. Retrieved 2016-04-25. 
  14. ^ Grigware, Don. "BWW Interviews: Actor Emrhys Cooper Shares Feelings About Being the First Western Actor in a Bhutanese Film". BroadwayWorld.com. Retrieved 2016-04-25. 
  15. ^ "Kushuthara's lead Cooper shoots new film in Bhutan". KuenselOnline. Retrieved 2016-04-25. 
  16. ^ "Page not found « The Rising Hollywood.Com". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2016-04-25. 
  17. ^ www.LisaRichards.ie. "Emrhys Cooper [actor] : The Lisa Richards Agency". www.lisarichards.ie. Retrieved 2016-04-25. 
  18. ^ McNary, Dave. "Doug Jones to Star in 'Nosferatu' Remake". Variety. Retrieved 2016-04-25. 
  19. ^ a b "Emrhys Cooper interview - actor, producer, singer - The Spread". The Spread. Retrieved 2016-04-25. 
  20. ^ Barraclough, Leo. "The Police Musician Andy Summers Joins Horror Movie 'The Temple' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 2016-04-25. 
  21. ^ "Neyphug Foundation - Heypu Gonpa Paro". pagelous.com. Retrieved 2016-04-25. 
  22. ^ "Click here to support Help Rebuild The Neyphug Monastery by Emrhys Cooper". GoFundMe.com. Retrieved 2016-04-25. 
  23. ^ "Urology Care Foundation - What is Urethral Cancer?". www.urologyhealth.org. Retrieved 2016-04-25. 
  24. ^ "Emrhys Cooper". The Scene. Young Hollywood. 2009-09-27. Archived from the original on 2011-04-06. Retrieved 2010-09-28. 

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