Dominic Cooper Biography

Dominic Cooper Biography on Monsters and Critics


"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", "Sense and Sensibility", and "The History Boys".


Cooper was born and raised in Greenwich, London, the son of Julie, a nursery school teacher. He attended the Thomas Tallis School in Kidbrooke, and trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, graduating in 2000.


Cooper graduated from LAMDA 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. 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.

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

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 guest stars in the 'Aspinol' sketch in his 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".

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

Selected credits


2009: "Phèdre" (Royal National Theatre, London (NT Live), June 2009), Hippolytus

2006: "The History Boys" (Broadhurst Theatre, Broadway, 2006), Dakin

2006: "The History Boys" (Sydney Theatre, Sydney, 2006), Dakin

2006: "The History Boys" (St James, Wellington, 2006), Dakin

2006: "The History Boys" (Lyric Theatre, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Hong Kong, 2006)

2004: "The History Boys" (Lyttelton Theatre, Royal National Theatre, 2004), Dakin

2003: "His Dark Materials" Parts I & II" (Olivier Theatre, Royal National Theatre, 2003/04)

2003: "Call To Prayer" (RADA/ Operating Theatre Company, 2003 - rehearsed reading)

2002: "Caryl Churchill Events" (Royal Court Theatre, 2002)

2002: "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2002), Puck

2001: "Mother Clap's Molly House" (Lyttelton Theatre, Royal National Theatre, 2001), Thomas/ Josh


2009: "Brief Interviews with Hideous Men" Daniel/Subject #46

2009: "An Education" Danny

2008: "The Duchess" Grey

2008: "Mamma Mia!" Sky

2008: "The Escapist" Lacey

2006: "Starter for 10" Spencer

2006: "The History Boys" Dakin

2005: "Breakfast on Pluto" Squaddie at Disco

2003: "Boudica" Unknown

2003: "I'll Be There" Boyfriend

2002: "The Gentleman Thief" PC Merrifield

2002: "The Final Curtain" Young Priest

2001: "From Hell" Constable #3

2001: "Anazapta" Clerk


2009: "Freefall" Dave

2008: "Never Mind The Buzzcocks" (09/10/2008), himself

2008: "God on Trial" Moche

2008: "Sense and Sensibility" 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

2005: "Charlotte's Web (2006 film)" Wilbur


2001: "Durex Condom Commercial"

External links

(Dominic Cooper Online) - Fansite

( interview with Dominic Cooper by Dan Lybarger)

(Commercial with Dominic Cooper)


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