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Prior to Mamma Mia's domination of the worldwide box office, DOMINIC COOPER was best known for his performance as Dakin in the acclaimed National Theatre production of Alan Bennett's The History Boys, for which he received Drama Desk and Evening Standard Award nominations. After reprising the role in Nicholas Hytner's film adaptation, Cooper was nominated as Best Newcomer by the British Independent Film Awards, Best Supporting Actor by the London Film Critics Circle and was also named in Rolling Stone Magazine's "Breakout Performances” for 2006.

After graduating from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), Cooper was cast in Mother Clap's Molly House at the National Theatre under resident director, Nicholas Hytner. He then starred in the Royal Shakespeare Company's A Midsummer Night's Dream, before rejoining Hytner at the National for His Dark Materials and The History Boys. The History Boys went on to win three Olivier Awards including Best New Play, was made into a film starring the original cast and toured Japan, Australia and New Zealand before arriving on Broadway where it received six Tony Awards, including Best Play.

On screen, Cooper was most recently seen in Mamma Mia!, the feature film adaptation of the hit musical in which he stars alongside Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters, and Amanda Seyfried. In a testament to his versatility, he was also seen as politician Earl Grey opposite Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes in Saul Dibbs' historical drama, The Duchess, and in the prison break thriller The Escapist, directed by Rupert Wyatt and co-starring Brian Cox and Joseph Fiennes, which received its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.

Upcoming feature films include Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, a screen adaptation of the best-selling David Foster Wallace short stories directed and adapted by John Krasinski.

Other feature film credits include Starter for Ten, produced by Tom Hanks; Boudicca; I'll Be There; Neil Jordan's The Good Thief; and the Hughes Brothers' From Hell. On television, Cooper was most recently seen as the dashing Willoughby in the BBC drama "Sense & Sensibility,” based on the novel by Jane Austen and adapted by Andrew Davies. Later this year, he will be seen opposite Anthony Sher, Rupert Graves and Stephen Dillane in the BBC2 production "God on Trial,” the story of a group of Jewish prisoners at Auschwitz who put God on trial for breaking His covenant to protect them.

Additional television credits include "Down to Earth,” "Sparkling Cyanide,” "The Gentleman Thief,” "Davison's Eyes,” and Steven Spielberg's acclaimed "Band of Brothers.”

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