Dominic Edward Cooper was born on June 2, 1978 in Greenwich London, England. Mother Julia, a nursery school teacher, and father Brian, an auctioneer, divorced when Dominic was 5. The family began to disintegrate when their daughter Claudia was tragically struck by a car and killed before Dom was born. It’s clear a passion for films was already in the family DNA. His maternal great-grandfather was film enthusiast E.T. Heron, who published The Kinematography Weekly. So after going to John Ball Primary School, the same school that actor Jude Law attended, Dominic then went to the Thomas Tallis School, a secondary school for the arts and finally trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), graduating in 2000.
After graduation Dominic started work in television and film, small roles, before making his stage debut in Mother Clap\’s Molly House at the National Theatre in 2001. He has had notable roles in the Royal National Theatre\’s 2004 ambitious adaptation of the His Dark Materials trilogy where he played the lead character Will Parry and the TV series Down To Earth and Band of Brothers. And just for fun, we’ve posted the 2005 commercial for condom company, Durex Cooper appeared in.
In an ensemble cast of all males, it’s hard to stand out, but that’s exactly what Dominic Cooper did as “Dakin” in the 2006 film adaptation of The History Boys. (A role also played by O2W4 alum Ben Barnes.) After all, he had been involved with the lauded Alan Bennett play from its first reading in 2004. In 2006 he toured with the production to Broadway, Sydney, Wellington and Hong Kong as well as appearing in a radio adaptation. Cooper was also nominated, along with two other “Boys”, for the Drama Desk Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play, that same year for his performance of the troublemaker Dakin. He lost to his castmate Samuel Barnett.
Dominic gained the attention of a worldwide audience (and got to sing a few tunes,) in 2008 with the role of Sky, fiancé to Amanda Seyfried’s bride-to-be Sophie in the film Mamma Mia, adapted from the beloved musical. (With this role also came a relationship with his co-star, which sadly [or to my liking] ended 3 years later.) Returning to the small screen, he played the dashing Willoughby in the mini-series Sense in Sensibility *swoon* and the World War 2 drama God on Trial. He wrapped up the year as a handsome politician in The Duchess, opposite Keira Knightley.
In the “sometimes you lose one, sometimes you win one” category: Dominic lost the role of Anton in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, (2009) to Andrew Garfield only to replaced Orlando Bloom in the film An Education. The film would garner attention and get an Oscar nomination for its lead Carey Mulligan. And although he did not get the role he auditioned for in Thor, (it ultimately went to Josh Dallas,) he did get to play the dapper, wisecracking playboy industrialist Howard Stark and future father to Iron Man, Tony Stark, in another Marvel movie: Captain America.
In 2010, Dominic played a self-indulgent rocker in the film Tamara Drewe. And our hero has been getting rave reviews for his lead role in 2011’s The Devil’s Double. In the film, he plays both Uday Hussein, Saddam’s son and his double Latif Yahia. It was a role (or roles) and director Dominic actively campaigned for. Up next for our boy is My Week with Marilyn playing an agent and confidante to Monroe (Michelle Williams) and the role of Henry Sturgess in the film adaptation of the novel Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.
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