Dominic Monaghan

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Dominic Monaghan
Dominic Monaghan 2003.jpg
Monaghan at the Wellington premiere of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King in 2003
Born(1976-12-08) 8 December 1976 (age 37)
Berlin, West Germany
Years active1996–present
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Dominic Monaghan
Dominic Monaghan 2003.jpg
Monaghan at the Wellington premiere of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King in 2003
Born(1976-12-08) 8 December 1976 (age 37)
Berlin, West Germany
Years active1996–present

Dominic Monaghan (/ˈdɒmɨnɨk ˈmɒnəhæn/; born 8 December 1976) is a German-born English actor. He has received international attention from playing Meriadoc Brandybuck in Peter Jackson's adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings and for his role as Charlie Pace on the television show Lost. In 2009 he played Chris Bradley / Bolt in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

Early life[edit]

Monaghan was born in Berlin, West Germany, to British parents: Maureen, a nurse, and Austin Monaghan, a science teacher.[1] He has an elder brother called Matthew who is the main songwriter and joint vocalist of the indie band Radiosepia.[2][3] 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.[4] Bernard is his maternal grandfather's name, and Patrick his paternal grandfather's name. He chose Luke as his confirmation name after Luke Skywalker from Star Wars, his favourite film series, which was also one of his inspirations for becoming an actor. 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 Manchester Youth Theatre. There, he was scouted for Hetty Wainthropp Investigates, on which he played Hetty's under-aged sidekick, Geoffrey Shawcross, for four series. 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 playing English ex-rock star drug addict Charlie Pace. Monaghan originally auditioned for the role of Sawyer. The role of Pace was then changed from an old, washed up rocker from the 1980s, to a young one-hit wonder in order to accommodate Monaghan's age.

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.[5] It was canceled after its first season.[6] 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.[7][8][9]

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.[9]

In November 2012, A new show on Channel 5 titled Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan began airing in the UK. The show shows Monaghan travelling to various locations such as Venezuela and Ecuador to film and interact with the exotic and often dangerous local wildlife.[10]

During the summer of 2013, Monaghan appeared in several live-action teasers for 2K Marin's science fiction video game "The Bureau: XCOM Declassified".[11]

Personal life[edit]

Dominic Monaghan in 2009

Monaghan is a nature lover, and has been active in the planting of trees, cacti and the pod-seeds of mature hedge-row bushes. He owns a small forest in India, and has worked with the animal rights group PETA.[12] Monaghan has a great love for insects and reptiles that he developed during his childhood, and has kept an assortment of pets, including a leaf-mantis named Gizmo, a black widow spider named Witchitar and an albino snake named Blink.[13] The newly discovered species of spiders Ctenus monaghani (de:Ctenus monaghani) is named after him.[14]

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 practice 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, which he chose over Liverpool, and despite his father being a fan of Manchester City,[15] and his character Charlie Pace in Lost was also a Manchester United fan.[16]

Monaghan loves to play various games, and has hosted game nights for fellow cast members in the past. He is also fond of working the New York Times crossword puzzle.

On his right arm he has a tattoo of the Elvish word "nine" written in the fictional language of Quenya, 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.[16] 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.[17] 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 ("Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter", a quote from Yoda).

He resides in Los Angeles, California. In 2008 Monaghan held a photographic exhibit in Los Angeles in which he sold prints of his own works. A portion of the proceeds from the exhibit were given to an orangutan rescue organisation.

Past relationships include his Lost co-star Evangeline Lilly from 2004 to 2009.[18] In December 2013 Monaghan claimed that Lilly had cheated on him, sparking outrage over Twitter. [19]

In June 2008 Monaghan travelled to Argentina with Lilly to film the pilot of the American version of CQC.[20]

Dominic provided the inspiration for the naming of Boyd's band Beecake after he sent his friend a picture of a cake covered in bees.[21]



1997Hostile WatersSashaTelevision film
2001The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the RingMeriadoc Brandybuck
2002The Lord of the Rings: The Two TowersMeriadoc Brandybuck
2003The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the KingMeriadoc BrandybuckScreen Actors Guild Award win
2003An Insomniac's NightmareJack
2004The PurifiersSol
2005Ringers: Lord of the FansNarrator
2005Shooting LivienOwen Scott
2008I Sell The DeadArthur Blake
2009X-Men Origins: WolverineChris Bradley / Bolt
2010Soldiers of FortuneSin
2012The DayRick
2012The Millionaire TourCasper
2013Deep BurialRobinson
2013Molly Moon: The great HypnotistUnknown


1996–1998Hetty Wainthropp InvestigatesGeoffrey ShawcrossMain cast member.
2000This Is Personal: The Hunt for the Yorkshire RipperJimmy Furey
2000Monsignor RenardEtienne Pierre Rollinger
2004-2007; 2008; 2010LostCharlie PaceMain cast member 2004–2007 (65 episodes)
Recurring special guest star 2008 and 2010.
Screen Actors Guild Award win; 65 episodes
2008MADtvHimselfAired 26 April 2008
2008CQCHimself23 June 2008. In CQC Argentina with Evangeline Lilly
2009ChuckTyler MartinOne episode – Chuck Versus the Third Dimension
2009–10FlashForwardDr. Simon CamposMain cast member
2010LA InkHimselfGuest appearance
2010Top Gear (U.S. TV series)HimselfBig Star in a Small Car
Lap Time 1:45.3
2011The Late Late Show with Craig FergusonVoice of Geoff PetersonGuest appearance
2012The UnknownMark NickelAll Episodes. A Original Series.
2012Childrens HospitalDr. Owen MaestroEpisode "British Hospital"
2012Wild Things with Dominic MonaghanHimselfAll Episodes
2012The Millionaire Tour Web SerieCasperAll Episodes
2012Soccer AMHimselfOne Episode
2013RidiculousnessHimselfOne Episode
2013The Eric Andre ShowHimselfOne Episode
2014100 CodeTommy Conley12 Episodes

Music videos[edit]

2010Eminem featuring Rihanna"Love the Way You Lie"[9]With Megan Fox as his girlfriend


  1. ^ "Lost Boy". Retrieved 2012-10-17. 
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  4. ^ "Dominic Monaghan Exclusive Interview at". 
  5. ^ "Flash Forward: Dominic Monaghan Is Indeed Confirmed". 2009-07-15. Retrieved 2012-10-17. 
  6. ^ Ausiello, Michael (May 13, 2010). "THIS JUST IN: ABC cancels 'Romantically Challenged,' 'Scrubs,' 'Better Off Ted,' and 'FlashForward'". (Time Warner). Retrieved June 3, 2010. "In less surprising news, the Alphabet net has also cancelled Better Off Ted, Scrubs, and FlashForward" 
  7. ^ "Eminem & Rihanna's Video Pics Hit The Web". MTV UK. 2010-07-22. Retrieved 2010-07-23. 
  8. ^ Kahn, Joseph (2010-07-24). "Twitter / Joseph Kahn: And that's a wrap! Eminem/ ...". Twitter. Retrieved 2010-07-24.
  9. ^ a b c Montgomery, James (2010-07-26) "Megan Fox, Dominic Monaghan Caught Kissing For Eminem Video – News Story". MTV Networks.
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  11. ^ "The Bureau: XCOM Declassified: Live Action". Official 2K Games YouTube Channel. Retrieved 2014-01-24. 
  12. ^ "Lost Star Dominic Monaghan Appears in New PETA Wildlife Ad". Retrieved February 21, 2008. 
  13. ^ "Lord Of The Rings | Monaghan + Chameleon Pet's Tearful Goodbye". Contactmusic. Retrieved 2012-10-17. 
  14. ^ Ctenus Monaghani : A Hobbit Helps Find A Spider Far From Mt. Doom
  15. ^ Dominic Monaghan on Man U, Georgie's foxy looks
  16. ^ a b "They nearly Lost: But Dominic Monaghan pays tribute to his beloved Manchester United after stunning league comeback". Daily Mail. Retrieved 15 Marvh 2014
  17. ^ Schwarz, Rae. "The Tattoos of the Fellowship of the Ring". BellaOnline. Retrieved May 28, 2007. 
  18. ^ "Evangeline Lilly’s Lost Loves | Hollywood Heartbreaker | Dominic Monaghan". Hollywood Heartbreaker. 2010-05-22. Retrieved 2012-10-17. 
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  20. ^ "Evangeline Lilly's marriage plans". Female First. 2008-06-19. Retrieved 2012-10-17. 
  21. ^ "Dominic Monaghan | Lost Star Gets Lead Role". Contactmusic. Retrieved 2012-10-17. 

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