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DOMINIC COOPER (Darcy) is emerging as one of the most exciting talents in the entertainment industry. Equally successful on stage and screen, Cooper continues to demonstrate his creative versatility. Cooper played the title role in the charged independent drama The Devil's Double, which screened at the 2011 Sundance and Berlin film festivals. Directed by Lee Tamahori and written by Michael Thomas, The Devil's Double is a taut action tale about the life of Latif Yahia, who was forced against his will to become the body double for Saddam Hussein's son, Uday Hussein. Cooper played the challenging duel roles of both Yahia and Hussein.
Currently Cooper is set to begin production on the international thriller Cities, a film written and directed by Roger Donaldson with stars Kirsten Dunst and Orlando Bloom. The film takes places before a financial crash, telling three different stories from London, Mumbai and New York.
Cooper was recently seen in Summer in February, an independent drama directed by Christopher Menaul that also stars Dan Stevens and Emily Browning. Adapted by Jonathan Smith from his own novel, the film is set at an Edwardian artists' colony on the Cornish Coast of England before the start of WWI.
Previously Cooper co-starred in Simon Curtis' My Week with Marilyn, with an all-star cast including Michelle Williams, Kenneth Branagh and Judi Dench. Cooper played Milton Greene, the celebrated photographer, producer and business associate of Marilyn Monroe. In Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Cooper played Henry Sturgess, Lincoln's mentor in vampire hunting. Directed by Timur Bekmambetov and also starring Benjamin Walker, Anthony Mackie and Rufus Sewell, the film was an adaptation of the bestselling Seth Grahame-Smith novel of the same name.
Cooper co-starred in the acclaimed coming-of-age story An Education, for which Carey Mulligan earned an Oscar nomination (Best Actress). He was also seen in Captain America: The First Avenger, directed by Joe Johnston and starring Chris Evans, Tommy Lee Jones and Hayley Atwell; Stephen Frears' Tamara Drewe, a modern reworking of Thomas Hardy's nineteenth century novel starring Gemma Arterton; The Escapist, directed by Rupert Wyatt and co-starring Brian Cox and Joseph Fiennes; Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, directed by John Krasinski; and the Tom Hanks-produced Starter for Ten, co-starring James McAvoy and Rebecca Hall.
Additional film credits include Mamma Mia! The Duchess, Boudica, I'll be There, The Good Thief and From Hell.
Cooper received his professional training at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). Upon completion he landed a role in "Mother Clap's Molly House" at the prestigious National Theatre, under resident director Nicholas Hytner. Cooper then starred in the Royal Shakespeare Company's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" before rejoining Hytner at the National Theatre for "His Dark Materials" and Alan Bennett's "The History Boys," which went on to win three Olivier Awards including Best New Play.
"The History Boys" later landed on Broadway, where it was the recipient of six Tony Awards including Best Play. Cooper garnered Drama Desk and Evening Standard Award nominations for his lauded stage performance as the confident and seductive Dakin. Cooper reprised his role in the acclaimed film adaptation of the play, for which he was nominated for the British Independent Film Awards' Best Newcomer prize and the London Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Cooper's other stage credits include the National Theatre's production of Jean Racine's "Phedre," with Helen Mirren in the title role. The production, directed by Nicholas Hytner, was also presented at Epidaurus in Greece and The Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C.
On television Cooper most recently starred in the BBC Two production of "Freefall." He also starred as the dashing Willoughby in a recent BBC production of Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility."
Additional television credits include the Holocaust drama "God on Trial," BBC's "Down to Earth," "Sparkling Cyanide" and "The Gentleman Thief," Hallmark's "Davison's Eyes" and HBO's celebrated "Band of Brothers."
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