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Dominic Cooper

Cooper at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival
Born 2 June 1978 (1978-06-02) (age 31)
Greenwich, London, England
Occupation actor
Years active 2000–present

Dominic Cooper (born 2 June 1978) is an English actor. He has worked in TV, film, theatre and radio, in productions including Mamma Mia!, The Duchess, and The History Boys.


Early life

Cooper was born and brought up in Greenwich, London, the son of Julie, a nursery school teacher.[1][2] He attended the Thomas Tallis School in Kidbrooke, and trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), graduating in 2000.


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 very first reading.[3] He also toured with production to Broadway, Sydney, Wellington and Hong Kong as well as appearing in the radio and film adaptations of the play.[4][5][6][7]

In 2005, Cooper also appeared in a commercial for condom company Durex.[8]

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, his current girlfriend) of the lead (Meryl Streep).

He guest stars in the "Aspinol" sketch in his The History Boys co-star James Corden's BBC3 show Horne and Corden and is attached to star in the film City of Birds. In 2009 he played Hippolytus in Phedre at the National Theatre alongside Helen Mirren and Margaret Tyzack.

Recognition and awards

Cooper was nominated for a 2006 Drama Desk Award for his work on the Broadway production of The History Boys.[9]

He was nominated for the for Most Promising Newcomer (On Screen) award at the 2006 British Independent Film Awards[10] and has been nominated for the British Film Critics Circle's 2006 award for British actor in support[11] for his work on the film version of The History Boys.

Selected credits




  • 2009 :Friday Night with Jonathan Ross , himself
  • 2009: Freefall Dave
  • 2008: Never Mind The Buzzcocks (09/10/2008), himself
  • 2008: God on Trial Moche
  • 2008: Sense and Sensibility Mr Willoughby
  • 2004: Down To Earth Danny Wood
  • 2001: The Infinite Worlds of H.G. Wells: Davidson's Eyes Sidney Davidson


  • 2006: The History Boys Dakin
  • 2005: The All-Colour Vegetarian Cookbook Damien


  • 2001: Durex Condom Commercial


  1. ^ Hardy, Rebecca (2008-01-11). "Secrets of the new Mr Darcy: Rising star Dominic Cooper". The Daily Mail. Retrieved 2008-07-20.  
  2. ^ "Dominic Cooper, Fresh Face: Buzz". Retrieved October 17 2006.  
  3. ^ Bennett, Alan; Nicholas Hytner (November 14, 2006)). The History Boys The Film. Faber & Faber. p. viii. ISBN 0865479712.  
  4. ^ "Internet Broadway Database: Dominic Cooper Credits on Broadway". Retrieved October 17 2006.  
  5. ^ "National Theatre : Productions : The History Boys 2004". Retrieved October 17 2006.  
  6. ^ "The History Boys - Arts Reviews - Arts - Entertainment -". Retrieved October 17 2006.  
  7. ^ "John Smythe: theatre reviews: NZIAF-THE HISTORY BOYS: More is more". Retrieved October 17 2006.  
  8. ^ Durex Commercial on YouTube
  9. ^ "2006 - Drama Desk Awards - Nominations". Retrieved October 17 2006.  
  10. ^ "British Independent Film Awards Announce Nominations". 2006-10-26. Retrieved November 11 2006.  
  11. ^ Dawtrey, Adam (2006-12-15). " - London critics favor 'Queen'". Retrieved December 16 2006.  

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