Who is Dominic Cooper?
Dominic Edward Cooper was born in Greenwich, London, England, on 2 June 1978 – his zodiac sign is Gemini, and he holds British nationality. He’s an actor, film producer and a musician, who has appeared in more than 50 movies and TV series, while he’s perhaps still known best for his portrayal of the lead characters Uday Hussein and Latif Yahia, in the 2011 biographical thriller movie “The Devil’s Double”. It was directed by Lee Tamahori, also starred Ludivine Sagnier and Raad Rawi, and follows the life of Saddam Hussein and his family; the movie was nominated for four awards.
Early life and education
Dominic was raised alongside his brothers Nathan and Simon in Greenwich, by their father Brian Cooper who was an auctioneer, and their mother Julie (nee Heron) who was a teacher at a nursery school; Dominic also has a half-sister Emma, and a half-brother James.
He became interested in acting while attending John Ball Primary School; Dominic was a member of his school’s drama club, and could have been seen appearing in plays performed both at the school, and at a local theatre.
He then attended Thomas Tallis School, and was 17 years old when he launched his acting career, with his portrayal of Master of Ceremonies in the 1995 musical film “Cabaret”.
Dominic then stopped acting for the following six years, wanting to focus on his education. He matriculated in 1996, and enrolled at London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in acting and film editing in 2000.
Roles in movies
In 2001, he was cast to play PC Merrifield in the drama “The Gentleman Thief”, while a couple of his following roles were in the critically acclaimed 2001 mystery horror thriller “From Hell”, which starred Johnny Depp and was nominated for 15 awards, the 2002 mystery thriller drama “Black Plague” and the drama “The Final Curtain” also in 2002.
Dominic gained recognition in the following year with his portrayal of Boyfriend in the popular romantic musical comedy “I’ll Be There”, written and directed by Craig Ferguson, who also starred in it alongside Charlotte Church and Jemma Redgrave.
The movie follows a former pop star who has just discovered that he has a daughter. Some of Dominic’s other notable performances in the 2000s were in the 2005 comedy drama “Breakfast on Pluto”, the 2006 romantic comedy drama “Starter for 10” and the 2009 drama “An Education”, which won 36 of the 135 awards for which it was nominated, including three Oscar nominations.
In 2011, we saw him play Howard Stark, in the hit action adventure science fiction “Captain America: The First Avenger”, directed by Joe Johnston, and which starred Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving and Samuel L. Jackson. The movie follows Steve Rogers who becomes Captain America after taking a super-soldier serum; it won four of the 50 awards for which it was nominated. Some of Dominic’s following roles were in the 2012 action fantasy horror “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”, the 2014 crime thriller drama “Reasonable Doubt” and the 2015 romantic comedy drama “Miss You Already”.
Most recently, in 2018 Dominic played Sky in the romantic musical comedy “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again”, written and directed by Ol Parker, and which starred Lily James, Amanda Seyfried and Meryl Streep. The film follows Sophie who’s reopening Hotel Bella Donna, and was nominated for 12 awards.
He’s currently shooting for two upcoming movies, the thrillers “The Duchess of Malfi” and “Nightfall”.
Roles in TV series
Dominic made his debut TV series appearance in 2001, with his portrayal of Sidney Davidson in the fantasy horror mini-series “The Infinite Worlds of H. G. Wells”, and the same year saw him play Allington, in the critically acclaimed historical action mini-series “Band of Brothers”, which is rated to be one of the best series of all time.
It starred Scott Grimes, Damian Lewis and Ron Livingston, and follows a US army division during World War II; the mini-series won 40 awards, including six Primetime Emmys, while it was nominated for 26 other awards.
In 2004, Dominic was cast to play Danny Wood in the romantic comedy drama “Down to Earth”, and the following year saw him appear in the episode “The Hollow Men” of the crime mini-series “Jericho”. We then saw him play the lead character Willoughby in the 2008 romantic mini-series “Sense & Sensibility”, which also starred Charity Wakefield and Hattie Morahan, and follows the sisters Marianne, Margaret and Elinor, who are looking to find suitable men to marry; the mini-series won two of the 11 awards for which it was nominated, including two Primetime Emmy nominations.
A couple of Dominic’s following roles were in a 2009 episode of the comedy “Horne & Corden”, the 2014 biographical romantic mini-series “Fleming” in which he starred as Ian Fleming, and the 2015 action science fiction adventure “Agent Carter”.
Between 2016 and 2019, Dominic starred as Jesse Custer in the popular adventure fantasy drama “Preacher”, created by Sam Catlin and Evan Goldberg, and which also starred Joe Gilgun and Ruth Negga. The series follows a preacher and a vampire who are searching for God, and it won one of the 17 awards for which it was nominated.
Most recently, in 2020, Dominic appeared in the thriller drama “Spy City”, and he’s currently shooting for the upcoming romantic western “That Dirty Black Bag”.
Dominic received special thanks for the 2014 historical documentary film “Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe”.
He has been featured in many short documentary films, such as the 2015 “Making of Fleming DVD Extra”, the 2017 “Preacher: Raising the Stakes: Action on Set” and the 2018 “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again: HBO First Look”.
Dominic has three producing credits: 20 episodes of the series “Preacher” in 2018 and 2019, the 2020 series “Spy City”, and the upcoming movie “Peacock”.
Dominic has made a guest appearance in numerous talk-shows, including “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”, “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and “Entertainment Tonight”.
Awards and nominations
Dominic has won two of the 13 awards for which he’s been nominated: he won a 2011 Capri Ensemble Cast Award for “My Week with Marilyn” (shared with colleagues), and a 2013 Irina Palm d’Or Award for Worst British Actor for his performance in “Summer in February”.
#tbt to #DraculaUntold when @dominiccoop and I spent most of our days trying to trip each other up in our incredible suits of armour. Would love to revisit that character and that world one day. Maintaining 7% body fat for months while working 15 hour days was intense 🧛♂️ pic.twitter.com/9HDPFiOHKt
— Luke Evans (@TheRealLukevans) April 25, 2019
Some of the other awards he has been nominated for include two Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Saturn Awards, Screen Actors Guild Award and a Satellite Award.
Love life and wife
Dominic’s quite open when it comes to his love life, and there are four women whom he has been with, that the public knows about.
Between 1996 and 2008, he was in a relationship with Joanna Carolan, an American actress with three acting credits to her name. The reason behind their split remains unknown, but it’s believed by some that Joanna wanted to start a family with Dominic, while he wanted to work on his career.
Dominic met the famous American actress and musician Amanda Seyfried on the set of the 2008 movie “Mamma Mia!”, and they dated on and off for the following year.
In 2010, he revealed that he was in a relationship with the famous Ethiopian-Irish actress Ruth Negga; the two moved in together in 2012, but broke up in 2016 for unknown reasons.
Since 2018, Dominic has been in a relationship with the British actress and model Gemma Chan; she has been credited with appearing in close to 50 movies and TV series, and is probably known best for her portrayal of the lead character Sersi in the 2021 hit action adventure movie “Eternals”.
As of November 2021, Dominic’s in a relationship with Gemma Chan, hasn’t married and doesn’t have children.
Hobbies and other interests
Dominic’s quite popular on Instagram, and is today followed by more than 250,000 people, while he’s uploaded close to 500 pictures onto the network, the majority of which have been taken during his everyday life.
He’s physically highly active, mostly because it’s important for his acting career to stay in shape; Dominic has multiple training sessions at the gym every week, thus his muscular body. He also likes to play various sports, with some of his favorites being tennis, soccer and golf.
Dominic’s passionate about travelling, and his acting career has taken him all around the world. He has visited various US states, and many European and Asian countries, while his dream travel destination is Tokyo in Japan.
Dominic has his own favorite actors and actresses, some of whom are Tom Hanks, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Natalie Portman, while a couple of his favorite movies are “Cast Away”, “Terminator” and “V for Vendetta”.
Age, height and net worth
Dominic’s age is 43. He has short brown hair and brown eyes, his height is 5ft 10ins (1.8m) and he weighs around 165lbs (70kgs).
As of November 2021, his net worth has been estimated at over $5 million.