Dominic Edward Cooper (born 2 June 1978) is an English actor. He has worked in television, film, theatre, and radio, including Mamma Mia! and its sequel Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. He portrayed Jesse Custer on the AMC show Preacher (2016–2019). Cooper has also appeared as the young Howard Stark in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including Captain America: The First Avenger and Agent Carter.
Cooper in 2015
Dominic Edward Cooper
2 June 1978
|Alma mater||London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art|
Cooper was born and brought up in Greenwich, London, the son of Julie (née Heron), a nursery school teacher, and Brian Cooper, an auctioneer. He has two brothers, Simon and Nathan, a musician in the band The Modern, a half-brother, James, and a half-sister, Emma. His maternal great-grandfather was film-enthusiast E. T. Heron, who published The Kinematograph Weekly.
Dominic 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) in acting and film editing, graduating in 2000.
Dominic 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, as the character Dakin, 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 Phèdre 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, Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's son in the biographical film The Devil's Double, which was critically acclaimed but criticized for whitewashing 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. Around this time, Cooper was cast in the lead role in the unproduced Albert Hughes project Motor City based on the Black Listed script of the same name. In February 2012, he signed on to replace Clive Owen the financial thriller Cities, ultimately leaving Motor City. Cities was cancelled after production delays.
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, a film by Nicholas Hytner, who previously directed Cooper in the stage adaption of His Dark Materials and both the theatrical and film versions of The History Boys.
Cooper plays Jesse Custer, the lead role in AMC's Preacher; the programme debuted in May 2016. Cooper co-starred in the Warcraft film adaptation, which was released in June 2016. 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.
Cooper reprised his role of Sky in 2018's sequel film Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.
Recognition and awardsEdit
Cooper was nominated for a 2006 Drama Desk Award for his work on the Broadway production of The History Boys. Additionally, he received nominations for the British Independent Film Award, British Film Critics' Circle Award, London Critics' Circle Film Award, and an Empire Award for his role in the film adaption of the play.
In 2010, Cooper's movie An Education received a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for "Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture". His turn as Sadaam Hussein's son and his body double in The Devil's Double was praised by critics and, in turn, he was nominated for the 2012 Saturn Award for Best Actor.
Cooper's television work has also been recognised; in 2014 he was nominated for a Satellite Award for "Best Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television" for Fleming and in 2015 his guest performance as Howard Stark on Agent Carter was nominated for a Saturn Award.
Cooper shared a flat with his co-star in The History Boys, James Corden, until Corden started a family with his wife, Julia Carey. Cooper was responsible for introducing Corden to Julia, whom he had known for years and who was working at Save the Children when he and Corden called in one night. He is also the godfather of Corden's first child, Max.
Cooper was in a relationship with actress Ruth Negga, beginning in 2010. They first met in 2009 on the set of Phèdre. They lived together in London's Primrose Hill. The couple dated for six years; however, Negga has noted that it took the press years to learn of the break-up, which was first reported in April 2018. They starred opposite each other in many projects including the National Theatre's production of Phèdre in 2009, the 2011 short film Hello Carter, the 2016 film Warcraft, and AMC's Preacher (2016–2019).
|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 – Saturn Award for Best Guest Performance in a Television Series (2015)
|2016–19||Preacher||Jesse Custer||Lead role, also executive producer (season 3–4)|
|2018||The Grand Tour||Himself (guest)||Series 2, Episode 5|
|2019||Peacock||Andy Peacock||Television film, pre-production|
|2021||What If...?||Howard Stark (voice)||Guest role|
In voice recording process
|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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