29 May 2019, Alumni of the week

AFDA Live Performance alumnus Scot Cooper is a dynamic actor of film, TV, & stage working out of Los Angeles. 

Scot has worked alongside actors such as Olga Kurylenko, James Purefoy, Rupert Friend, Gabriel Macht, and Aidan Gillen. He co-starred in the 4th season of the Emmy winning series Homeland, guest starred in the popular BBC series 'Jamillah and Aladdin', and the multi award winning film 'The World Unseen' which premiered at TIFF, with leading roles in the South African feature films 'Girl from Nowhere', and 'Reconnect'. He also has a supporting role in the Box office hit 'Maze Runner: The Death Cure.


In 2013 Scot won Best Actor at the Cape Town 48 Film Festival, with the film Five Minutes Till Noon which went on to win awards at Filmapalooza in New Orleans. Scot also won Best Actor at the 2015 Cape Town 48 Film Festival. And in 2009 Scot Cooper was part of the ensemble award at the South African Film and Television Awards for 'The World Unseen'.

Of English, Irish, Swedish, Welsh, & German ancestry. He has trained under world renowned Meisner teacher William Esper at the Esper Studio in New York, also at the Ivan Chubbuck studio in LA, and under acclaimed South African actress Aletta Bezuidenhout. He has a BA in Live Performance from  AFDA.

A passion for film, and also theatre where he has received critical praise for his performance as Mr Darcy in 'Pride And Prejudice', the acclaimed American play 'Tape' by Stephen Belber, and his one man play 'Henry And The Sand' which he also wrote, and premiered at the world's 2nd largest theatre festival, the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown.

Scot has also appeared in over 60 TV commercials, which have aired in countries such as the USA, France, Australia, Russia, Canada, Germany, Ireland and many others. Brands include BMW, Pepsi, Toro, Coors Light, Johnsons, Sargento, Advantix, Fererro Rocher, Dell, & Chase.

AFDA is the South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance, and is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a private higher education institution under the Higher Education Act, 1997. Registration certificate no. 2001/HE07/012.

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