In today’s world, where most actors and actresses only enter the acting business in order to gain great fame and become a household name through a Hollywood blockbuster movie, it is refreshing to read about people like Dominic Cooper, who can get praise as both stage and film actors. Read on to learn more about the English actor nominated for the Drama Desk Award.
Dominic Cooper Biography
Dominic Cooper was born on June 2, 1978, in Greenwich, London, where he was raised by his parents, kindergarten teacher Julie (née Heron), and auctioneer Brian Cooper. He attended the John Ball Primary School in Blackheath, London, and the Thomas Tallis School in Kidbrooke, Greenwich, before enrolling at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, where he studied acting and film editing.
Cooper graduated from the Academy in 2000, and the following year he made his film debut in From Hell (2001) and his television debut in an episode of The Infinite Worlds of H. G. Wells (2001). In the same year, Cooper demonstrated his acting skills by also making his stage debut as an actor in a production of Mother Clap’s Molly House at the National Theatre. In the years that followed, Cooper continued to perform on all three stages, although it felt as if his primary focus was on stage acting when he toured Broadway, Sydney, Wellington, and Hong Kong for the production of Alan Bennett’s award-winning play The History Boys, which earned him a nomination for the Drama Desk Award. In 2006, the film adaptation of the play was released and earned Cooper further award nominations, including a nomination for British Supporting Actor of the Year at the ALFS Awards.
Dominic Cooper’s film acting career received a further boost after he appeared in The Duchess (2008), Mamma Mia! (2008), An Education (2009), and Freefall (2009). For his role in The Devil’s Double (2011), a biographical film about Sadaam Hussein’s first son, Uday Hussein, and his body double Latif Yahia, he was nominated for the Best Actor Award at the 2011 Saturn Awards. In the same year, he was given the role of Howard Stark in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films and made his first appearance in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), before he played the vampire Henry Sturges in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012).
More recently, after taking on the antagonist roles of Dino Brewster in Need for Speed (2014) and Mehmed in Dracula Untold (2014), Dominic Cooper has taken on the protagonist role of Jesse Custer in AMC’s Preacher (since 2006) and has returned to the stage where he appeared in the revival of Stephen Jeffreys’ 1994 play, The Libertine at the Haymarket Theatre.
Dominic Cooper was never married. However, he had a series of high-class relationships with the actresses Amanda Seyfried and Ruth Negga. Cooper began dating Seyfried in 2008, around the time she appeared together in the film Mamma Mia! (2008). It has been reported that the couple was together now and then during the two years they were together before separating in 2010.
That same year, Cooper began dating the Ethiopian-Irish actress Ruth Neega, whom he knew and had worked with before. The couple became best friends as they were always seen side by side at numerous events. They also moved into the same apartment in London, where they were cast to work together on numerous shows, such as the short film Hello Carter (2011), Warcraft (2016), and Preacher (since 2006).
Things seemed to be going well between Cooper and Neega until 2018 when it was reported that they had split up. Neega has since made it clear that she and her former boyfriend had broken up two years before that time, but since they were best friends, it was hard for people outside her circle to find out.
Cooper’s Siblings (Nathan and Simon Cooper)
Dominic Cooper has a total of four siblings; two older brothers (Simon and Nathan), a younger half-brother named James, and then a half-sister named Emma. Not much is known about Simon, unlike Nathan, who is a musician. Nathan Cooper is one of the frontmen of the British electropop band The Modern. The group is known for songs like “Jane Falls Down”, “Industry” and “Discotheque Francais”.