Dominic Cooper

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Dominic Cooper
Dominic Cooper 2010.jpg
Cooper at 10 Downing Street, 23 November 2010
BornDominic Edward Cooper
(1978-06-02) 2 June 1978 (age 36)
Greenwich, London, England
Years active1995–present
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Dominic Cooper
Dominic Cooper 2010.jpg
Cooper at 10 Downing Street, 23 November 2010
BornDominic Edward Cooper
(1978-06-02) 2 June 1978 (age 36)
Greenwich, London, England
Years active1995–present

Dominic Edward Cooper (born 2 June 1978)[1] is an English[2] 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,[3][4] the son of Julie (Heron), a nursery school teacher, and Brian Cooper, an auctioneer.[5][6][7] 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.[8] 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.[9][10][11] 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 the Marvel One-Shot Agent Carter. 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.[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]


2001From HellConstable
2002The Gentleman ThiefPC Merrifield
The Final CurtainYoung Priest
I'll Be ThereBoyfriend
2005Breakfast on PlutoSquaddie at disco
2006Starter for 10SpencerNominated – Empire Awards Best Male Newcomer
The History BoysDakinNominated – Empire Awards Best Male Newcomer
Nominated – British Independent Film Award Most Promising Newcomer
Nominated – ALFS Award British Supporting Actor of the Year
2008The DuchessCharles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey
Mamma Mia!Sky
The EscapistLacey
2009Brief Interviews with Hideous MenDaniel / Subject 46
FreefallDave Matthews
An EducationDannyNominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture (shared w/ cast)
2010Tamara DreweBen
2011A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's AdventuresSammy
Captain America: The First AvengerHoward Stark
The Devil's DoubleLatif Yahia / Uday HusseinNominated – Saturn Award Best Actor
My Week with MarilynMilton GreeneCapri Ensemble Cast Award (shared w/ cast)
2012Abraham Lincoln: Vampire HunterHenry Sturges
2013Dead Man DownDarcy
Summer in FebruaryAJ Munnings
Marvel One-Shot: Agent CarterHoward StarkShort film
2014Reasonable DoubtMitch Brockden
Need for SpeedDino Brewster
Dracula UntoldMehmed the Second
2015Miss You AlreadyFilming
2016WarcraftKing LlanePost-production
2001The Infinite Worlds of H. G. WellsSidney DavidsonEpisode: Davidson's Eyes
Band of BrothersAllingtonEpisode: Currahee
2003Sparkling CyanideAndy HoffmanTV film
2004Down To EarthDanny WoodEpisode: First Love
2008Sense and SensibilityMr. Willoughby3 episodes
God on TrialMoche
2014Fleming: The Man Who Would Be BondIan FlemingTV Mini-Series
2015Agent CarterHoward Stark
2001Mother Clap's Molly HouseThomas / JoshLyttelton Theatre
Royal National Theatre
2002Caryl Churchill EventsRoyal Court Theatre
A Midsummer Night's DreamPuckRoyal Shakespeare Company
2003Call to PrayerOperating Theatre Company
2003–2004His Dark MaterialsWillOlivier Theatre
Royal National Theatre
2004The History BoysDakinLyttelton Theatre
Royal National Theatre
2006Broadhurst Theatre
Sydney Theatre
St James
Lyric Theatre
Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
Nominated – Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
2009PhèdreHippolytusRoyal National Theatre
Shakespeare Theatre Company
2005The All-Colour Vegetarian CookbookDamien
2006The History BoysDakin


  1. ^ Southern, Nathan. "Dominic Cooper". All Media Guide / Rovi via The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-05-10. 
  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. 
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  5. ^ 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... 
  6. ^ 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... 
  7. ^ Riegel, Katie (26 September 2007). "Dominic Cooper, Fresh Face". Archived from the original on 26 September 2007. Retrieved 17 October 2006. Age: 27 
  8. ^ Bennett, Alan; Hytner, Nicholas (14 November 2006). The History Boys The Film. Faber & Faber. p. viii. ISBN 0-86547-971-2. 
  9. ^ "Internet Broadway Database: Dominic Cooper Credits on Broadway". Retrieved 17 October 2006. 
  10. ^ "National Theatre : Productions : The History Boys 2004". Retrieved 17 October 2006. 
  11. ^ "The History Boys". The Sydney Morning Herald. 9 March 2006. Retrieved 17 October 2006. 
  12. ^ Collura, Scott (December 4, 2013). "Ben Foster and Dominic Cooper Head for Warcraft". IGN. Retrieved December 5, 2013. 
  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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