Bradley Cooper

A teetotal actor who'll never suffer a Hangover, People magazine's sexiest man of the year 2011 is more than just a pretty face, with two Oscar nods, but where did it all begin?

He was born on 5 January 1975 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and grew up in nearby Jenkintown. His father Charles J Cooper was of Irish-American descent and worked as a stockbroker for Merrill Lynch. His mother Gloria is Italian-American. Cooper was brought up with his sister Holly as a practising Catholic.

Cooper started work at the Philadelphia Daily News while studying at the Germantown Academy. After graduating in 1993, he attended Villanova University for his Freshman year before transferring to Georgetown University. In 1997, he graduated with a BA in English. During his education at the latter, he spent six months as an exchange student in Aix-en-Provence in France. He then went on to earn an MFA in acting from the Actors Studio Drama School in New York in 2000.

His acting debut occurred in 1999 when he appeared in an episode of Sex And The City before featuring in a TV movie in 2000, Wall To Wall Records. Cooper then acted in the TV series The $treet between 2000 and 2001.

Cooper made his film debut in the comedy Wet Hot American Summer in 2001 before turning to the horror genre for My Little Eye in 2002. In the same year, he appeared in Bending All The Rules. In 2003, Cooper returned to TV starring in The Last Cowboy and Miss Match before featuring in The Reality Of Love in 2004. He then enjoyed regular spots in Touching Evil (2004), Jack & Bobby (2004-05), Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Law & Order: Trial By Jury in 2005.

His first major film role was in Wedding Crashers with Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughan in 2005 where he played the villain Sack Lodge. After this he appeared in Failure To Launch in 2006 as the best friend of the main character played by Matthew McConaughey. In the same year, the sci-fi show Alias in which Cooper had acted since 2001 ended.He was chosen to play the lead of a new show, Kitchen Confidential in 2005, but it was cancelled after just four episodes.

He soon bounced back though appearing in The Comeback in 2007 before featuring in American Evil, The RockerThe Midnight Meat Train and Yes Man in 2008 alone. During this period, he also played the character Aidan Stone in Nip/Tuck, which ended in 2009.

Cooper's career really started to kick off in 2009 when he starred in New York, I Love You and He's Just Not That Into You. He then appeared the enormous comedy film that thrust him into the spotlight – The Hangover. He finished 2009 by featuring in Case 39 and All About Steve.

In 2010, Cooper starred in two more blockbusters, Valentine's Day and a remake of The A-Team. He then appeared as himself in the TV show Cubed. In the following year, he proved he was a rising star in Hollywood with roles in the high-octane Limitless and the raucous The Hangover Part II. He was named the World's Sexiest Man by People magazine too.

2012 saw Cooper star in The Words and Hit and Run as well as the independent film The Place Beyond The Pines with Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling, who goes to the same gym as Cooper. Cooper's biggest success story of the year, though, was David O Russell's Silver Linings Playbook, which led Cooper to an Oscar nomination for Best Actor.

In 2013 Cooper released the final part of the hangover trilogy, The Hangover Part III. He also reunited with Silver Linings Playbook colleagues David O Russell and Jennifer Lawrence for American Hustle, leading to another Oscar nomination.

In terms of his personal life, Cooper has been married once. He wed actress Jennifer Esposito in late 2006 but in May 2007, it was revealed that Esposito had filed for divorce, which was finalised in November that year. In September 2010, it emerged that Cooper had been dating Renee Zellweger for more than a year. In March 2011 it was reported they had split. He was then in a relationship with Zoe Saldana that ended in 2013. He is currently dating British model Suki Waterhouse.