MCM: Dominic Cooper

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Full proof of my shallowness: I’ve always thought British actor Dominic Cooper is a cutie, but he’s always read as short to me. I’m 5’11”, SO IT MATTERS. But I recently looked him up, and discovered he’s actually 5’10”, which suddenly makes him viable, even if that’s not a fall-over-and-faint height. At least I admit my limitations?

Let’s enjoy Cooper’s many frock flick roles!

 

From Hell (2001)

Baby Cooper plays a bit part as a policemen in this 1780s Jack the Ripper story:

2001 From Hell

BABY!

 

Sense and Sensibility (2008)

As the poetic cad Mr. Willoughby who breaks Marianne’s heart poetically (so, y’know, it’s okay?) in the recent Jane Austen adaptation:

2008 Dominic Cooper in Sense and Sensibility

Ok, so I’d find that tousled hair hard to resist.

2008 Dominic Cooper in Sense and Sensibility

Or that glower!

2008 Sense & Sensibility

We do loves us some cravats!

Sense and Sensibility (2008)

Eff that Miss Grey and her 10,000 pounds!

2008 Sense & Sensibility

Happier days.

The Duchess (2008)

As the real life Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey, who has a passionate affair with the Duchess of Devonshire:

2008 The Duchess

Love that waistcoat embroidery, love those buttons!

2008 The Duchess

Not his best look — I think he needs a widow’s peak, or different buckle (roll) placement?

2008 The Duchess

Not loving the boots.

2008 The Duchess

Here the wig is hot! What’s changed??!!

 

An Education (2009)

A supporting part in this 1960s-set story about predatory men and smart but naive girls.

2009 An Education

Not my favorite hairstyle on him.

2009 An Education

Aw, but he’s into Rosamund Pike!

 

My Week with Marilyn (2011)

He plays fashion photographer Milton H. Greene in this story about Marilyn Monroe visiting England.

2011 My Week with Marilyn

I can only find this behind-the-scenes photo, but, RAWR!

 

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012)

Attempting to follow up on the Pride & Prejudice & Zombies success, President Abraham Lincoln is, well, a vampire hunter. He plays a guy who teaches Lincoln how to vampire hunt. I have no idea.

2012 Abraham Lincoln- Vampire Hunter

I have zero desire to watch this.

2012 Abraham Lincoln- Vampire Hunter

Except, DAMN GURL

 

Summer in February (2013)

A love triangle set among the Lamorna Group, an artists colony, in 1913 Cornwall. Cooper plays artist AJ Munnings, “known as one of England’s finest painters of horses [zzzz], and as an outspoken critic of Modernism [alrighty then!]” per Wikipedia.

2013 Summer in February

Dan Stevens plays another artist. Cooper isn’t looking great here.

2013 Summer in February

Better!

 

Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond (2014)

As Ian Fleming, author of the James Bond novels, in 1960s England.

Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond (2014)

Every girl crazy ’bout a sharp-dressed man!

2014 Fleming

Kendra included.

2014 Fleming

AND a man in uniform! (Her dress seems awfully 1930s to me)

 

Agent Carter (2015-16)

A Marvel comics movie set in the 1940s about a woman who must balance her real life with her career as a secret agent. Cooper plays Howard Stark, weapons developer and father of Tony Stark (Iron Man).

2015-16 Agent Carter

Ooo love the two-tone jacket!

2015-16 Agent Carter

Not convinced by the ‘stache.

2015-16 Agent Carter

Everyone RAVES about this, so maybe someday I’ll give it a whirl? (Photo by Kelsey McNeal/ABC via Getty Images)

 

The Libertine (2016)

Okay, not a film or TV production but a stage play, but Cooper looks too great as the titular character in the 17th-century written, apparently 18th-century set play!

2016 The Libertine

Promo pic.

2016 The Libertine

On stage.

 

 

What’s your favorite of Dominic Cooper’s frock flicks?

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Kendra has been a fixture in the online costuming world since the late 1990s. Her website, Démodé Couture, is one of the most well-known online resources for historical costumers. In the summer of 2014, she published a book on 18th-century wig and hair styling. Kendra is a librarian at a university, specializing in history and fashion. She’s also an academic, with several articles on fashion history published in research journals.

20 Responses

  1. Orian Hutton

    Well, Miss Grey had £50,000, not £10,000. Maybe the extra £40,000 sealed the deal. Agree about the tousled hair.

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  2. ctrent29

    Cooper had first portrayed Howard Stark in the 2011 movie, “Captain America: The First Avenger” in 2011, not in the “Agent Carter” series. Nor did I have a problem with his moustache.

    Although the Pride and Prejudice Zombies novel was released a year before the Abraham Lincoln Vampire Novel was released; the movie adaptation of the latter film was released four years before the Pride and Prejudice film.

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    • Nzie

      I was also going to mention this. :-) He’s a supporting character but a significant one in Cap 1. He pulls off mid-century suits really well.

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  3. Cecily

    He is nummy, and Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter was very enjoyable as a I don’t wanna think popcorn flick

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  4. Nzie

    As I mentioned above in a reply, I think he does mid-century suits very well. He can definitely pull off that kind of sleek look nicely.

    He gets the short end of the stick for costume/look in Summer in February, but I just love that blue suit on the woman in the last picture.

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  5. Kerry

    This one always struck me as a character actor. I never understood why they kept pushing him on us as a romantic lead. At the high point (The Duchess), it was such a desperate sell, it was embarrassing.

    I put Carey Mulligan in the same boat. I never understood why she was in so many lead roles when she had no star power whatsoever.

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  6. Damnitz

    I didn’t liked him in The Duchess. Although it was maybe not his fault, that the role of a 10 years old boy is given to a men. The wrong age of him and the duchess and many roles more ruins the whole movie. And he never was a politician for me…

    However I thought that he would be perfect for Danton.

    I thought that he was a lot better in “Sense and Sensibilty” looking young and fency enough for the role.

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  7. Sharon in Scotland

    Too young and pretty for me, but he is very enjoyable in Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, really very attractive………watch it just for him.

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  8. Lily Lotus Rose

    Dominic Cooper is attractive. From Hell is my favorite movie out of this lot. Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter is a completely ridiculous romp, and it’s totally popcorn-worthy. Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond is also fun–think a low-rent, made for British TV James Bond wannabe. I’ve seen several of the other films, and they’re a mixed bag. I haven’t seen his version of Sense and Sensibility, but I bet was perfect as Willoughby.

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  9. eldalorien

    You should definitely watch Agent Carter! There’s a scene where Peggy tries on a wedding dress and the dress is just gorgeous. Plus Peggy kicks ass and looks good doing it. And there’s Dominic Cooper, James D’Arcy, and the lovely Enver Gjokaj, who I’ve had a soft spot for since Dollhouse.

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  10. Hooley

    RE: Agent Carter, please do a MCM on James D’Arcy (Jarvis in Agent Carter). My favorite Dominic Cooper role is the lead in “Preacher,” but, alas, that show is not eligible for the blog.

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  11. Karen K.

    He’s cute but I think your original thought about his height is correct. Keira Knightley is 5’7″ and Hayley Atwell is 5’6 1/2″, and they’re nearly the same height. Both women are probably in heels but I doubt he’s really 5’11. Most actors lie about their height, unless they really are tall.

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  12. Aleko

    Yes: he was recruited into Naval Intelligence in July 1939, and for that purpose was commissioned into the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (RNVR), initially as a lieutenant; he was promoted to Lieutenant-Commander a few months later, which rank he retained till he finally left the Navy in 1952. But he was actually demobbed in 1945, so he would have had no reason to wear the uniform of the ‘Wavy Navy’ after that. So that’s certainly a wartime scene, and given the clothes rationing in Britain during WWII, I think it’s entirely plausible for even a stylish, well-off woman to be wearing evening dresses that she’d bought half a decade ago.

    Incidentally, Fleming gave James Bond his own rank – Lieutenant-Commander RNVR – so if 007 had any occasion to wear uniform at any time up to 1966, when the RNVR was absorbed into the Royal Naval Reserve and its distinctive wavy cuff stripes were abolished, this is exactly what he would have been wearing!

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