Dominic Bernard Patrick Luke Monaghan
8 December 1976
Dominic Bernard Patrick Luke Monaghan (born 8 December 1976) is a German-born British actor. He is most well known for playing Meriadoc "Merry" Brandybuck in Peter Jackson's fantasy epic film trilogy The Lord of the Rings (2001–2003) based on the novel of the same name by J.R.R Tolkien, and is also known for his role of Charlie Pace on the supernatural television show Lost (2004–2010).
Monaghan first gained fame as Hetty Wainthropp's sidekick Geoffrey in Hetty Wainthropp Investigates (1996–1998). His first film role was as Sasha in the television film Hostile Waters (1997) based on the true story of a Russian and an American submarine colliding in the Cold War. His other film roles include playing the young mutant Chris Bradley formerly known as Maverick in the superhero film X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) and playing Beaumont Kin in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019), reuniting with J.J. Abrams, the co-creator of Lost. He also has hosted the nature programme Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan (2012–2016).
Monaghan was born in Berlin, Germany, to British parents: Maureen, a nurse, and Austin Monaghan, who was of Irish descent, a science teacher. He also has a half brother named Luke Twardowski-Reid. His older brother Matthew is the main songwriter and co-lead vocalist of the indie band Radiosepia and is a 7th grade science teacher. Monaghan's family lived in Berlin, Düsseldorf, Stuttgart and Münster, moving about every four years. When he was about 11 years old, his family moved from Germany to Heaton Moor in Stockport, England. In Stockport, he attended St Anne's Roman Catholic High School (where his uncle taught and later became head teacher) and Aquinas College, where he studied English literature, drama and geography.
Although Monaghan held many occupations when he was younger, he always wanted to be an actor. After his second year at St. Anne's, Monaghan became a regular in school plays such as Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol and Bugsy Malone before joining the Manchester Youth Theatre. There, he was scouted for Hetty Wainthropp Investigates, in which he starred alongside Patricia Routledge and Derek Benfield as Hetty's under-aged sidekick, Geoffrey Shawcross, for four series. Monaghan has since credited Routledge as "an amazing teacher" who taught him some "very valuable lessons" that have influenced his acting career. He made his feature-film debut as Russian sailor Sasha in the TV film Hostile Waters.
Monaghan later starred in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy as Meriadoc Brandybuck, for which he achieved international acclaim and success. Monaghan narrated Ringers: Lord of the Fans, a documentary about The Lord of the Rings fandom. He also provided the narration for The Discovery Channel's documentary Devil's Bible in 2008. He also appeared in Soldiers of Fortune alongside Sean Bean and Christian Slater. He was a regular cast member on the ABC series Lost from 2004 to 2007, playing English ex-rockstar and drug addict Charlie Pace. Monaghan originally auditioned for the role of Sawyer. The role of Charlie was then changed from an old, washed up rocker from the 1980s, to a young one-hit wonder to accommodate Monaghan's age. Monaghan returned to the series as a special guest star after departing from the main cast.
In 2009, Monaghan starred as Chris Bradley / Bolt in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. On 15 July 2009, it was confirmed that he would join the cast of ABC Studios' science fiction television series FlashForward as the character Simon. The series premiered on 24 September 2009. It was cancelled after its first season.
On 18 March 2010, Monaghan was spotted at the Universal Sheraton filming a short called Gloria. It was part of a programme called REESES Puff's Extraordinary Cinema (where the teens replace the pros). He played the part of Caleb Reese.
In 2010, Monaghan and Megan Fox made an appearance as a couple in an abusive relationship in the music video for rapper Eminem's song "Love the Way You Lie". Scenes include the celebrities on top of a liquor store. Fox and Monaghan also filmed inside the store and "at a seedy dive bar next door" to the store.
In November 2012, a new show on Channel 5 titled Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan began airing in the UK. The documentary shows Monaghan travelling to various locations such as Venezuela and Ecuador to film and interact with the exotic and often dangerous local wildlife.
Monaghan is a fan of The Gaffer Tapes: Fantasy Football Podcast and has appeared as a guest in both April and November 2016 and May 2018, as well as submitting several audio questions which are played on the podcast. While appearing as a guest, Monaghan stated "It's the best fantasy football podcast out there".
Monaghan is the voice of Sightseeing Manchester's bus tour, recorded in March 2016.
Since August 2018 he has been starring as a serial killer in Channel 9 Australia's Murder Mystery Drama show Bite Club, which is filmed in and around Sydney.
Monaghan together with fellow Lord of the Rings castmates Sean Astin, Sean Bean, Orlando Bloom, Billy Boyd, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Miranda Otto, John Rhys-Davies, Andy Serkis, Liv Tyler, Karl Urban, and Elijah Wood, plus writer Philippa Boyens and director Peter Jackson on 31 May 2020 joined Josh Gad's YouTube series Reunited Apart which reunites the cast of popular movies through video-conferencing, and promotes donations to non-profit charities.
Monaghan is a nature lover and has been active in the planting of trees and cacti. He bought a mango-tree forest in India. Monaghan has a great love for insects and reptiles that he developed during his childhood, and has kept an exotic assortment of pets, including a leaf-mantis named Gizmo, a black widow spider named Witchitar and an albino snake named Blink. The newly discovered species of spider Ctenus monaghani (de:Ctenus monaghani) is named after him.
An avid outdoorsman, Monaghan enjoys activities such as surfing, kayaking, snowboarding, football, basketball and hiking. He has also stated that he likes hunting for insects and reptiles outdoors. He learned karate as a child, used to practise yoga and often goes to the gym for strength and weight training. He is a longtime fan of hometown English Premier League football team Manchester United since his childhood.
Monaghan loves to play various games and has hosted game nights for fellow cast members in the past, and is also fond of The New York Times' crossword puzzle. He also enjoys playing League of Legends with fellow Lord of the Rings cast member Billy Boyd. Although English is his first language and the language of his higher education, he is fluent in German as well.
On his right arm he has a tattoo of the English word "nine" written in the artificial script of Tengwar, a reference to his involvement in The Lord of the Rings and the fact that his character was one of the nine members of the Fellowship of the Ring. Seven other cast members and John Rhys-Davies' stunt double also got matching tattoos during the film's production, at Monaghan's instigation. Below that tattoo is another that reads, "Life imitates art", an Oscar Wilde quote. On his left arm is a tattoo, "Living is easy with eyes closed", a line from The Beatles' "Strawberry Fields Forever". He also has two stars tattooed on his left foot: one black, and one white. In 2010, Monaghan got two more tattoos, one on the upper side of the back ("Love you take is equal to the love you make", taken from the song "The End" by The Beatles). The other, done by Kat Von D on the television show LA Ink, is located on his lower right arm and reads "Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter", a quote from Yoda.
He resides in Los Angeles, California. In 2008, Monaghan held a photographic exhibition in Los Angeles in which he sold prints of his own works. A portion of the proceeds from the exhibition were given to an orangutan rescue organisation.
|1996–98||Hetty Wainthropp Investigates||Geoffrey Shawcross||27 episodes|
|1997||Hostile Waters||Sasha||Television film|
|2000||This Is Personal: The Hunt for the Yorkshire Ripper||Jimmy Furey|
|Monsignor Renard||Etienne Pierre Rollinger||3 episodes|
|2004–2010||Lost||Charlie Pace||65 episodes|
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Nominated—Monte-Carlo Television Festival Award for Outstanding Actor – Drama Series
Nominated—Prism Award for Performance in a Drama Series
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor on Television
|Caiga Quien Caiga||Episode: "#12.15"|
|2009||Chuck||Tyler Martin||Episode: "Chuck Versus the Third Dimension"|
|2009–2010||FlashForward||Dr. Simon Campos||15 episodes|
|2010||Top Gear||Himself||2 episodes|
|2012||The Unknown||Mark Nickel||6 episodes|
|Childrens Hospital||Dr. Owen Maestro||"British Hospital"|
|2012–2016||Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan||Himself||30 episodes|
Nominated—Canadian Screen Award for Best Science or Nature Documentary Program/Series
Nominated—Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Reality Series
Nominated—OFTA Award for Best Host or Panelist in a Non-Fiction Program
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program
|The Eric Andre Show||"Krysten Ritter/Dominic Monaghan"|
|2014||100 Code||Tommy Conley||12 episodes|
|2017||Sofia the First||Fig||Voice; "The Crown of Blossoms"|
|A Midsummer's Nightmare||Mike Puck||Television film|
|2018||Bite Club||Senior Constable Stephen Langley||Premiered 15 August, Nine Network, Australia|
|2010||Eminem featuring Rihanna||"Love the Way You Lie"||The Boyfriend|
|2003||The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King||Meriadoc "Merry" Brandybuck||Based on the film of the same name|
|2008||Lost||Charlie Pace||Based on the TV series of the same name|
|2012||Lego The Lord of the Rings||Meriadoc "Merry" Brandybuck||Archive audio|
|2016||Quantum Break||William "Will" Joyce||Also motion capture|
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