Dominic Monaghan

Dominic Monaghan

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1976-12-08 (44 years old) · Gender: Male · Place of Birth: Berlin, Germany

53 Movies · 25 TV shows

Also Known As: Dominic Bernard Patrick Luke Monaghan

Biography

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 for his role of Charlie Pace on the supernatural television show Lost (2004–2010). Monaghan first gained notoriety 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. He 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).

Personal Life

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. He is also fond of The New York Times' crossword puzzle. 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.Monaghan was in a relationship with his Lost co-star Evangeline Lilly from 2004 to 2007.In June 2008, Monaghan travelled to Argentina with Lilly to film the pilot of the American version of CQC.Monaghan provided the inspiration for the naming of Billy Boyd's band Beecake after he sent his friend a picture of a cake covered in bees.

Early Life

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. 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.

Movies & TV shows

2021.

1 Movie
Edge of the World

Edge of the World

2021
The biography of Sir James Brooke, the British adventurer who became King of Sarawak in the 1840's and embarked on a lifelong crusade to end piracy and head-hunting, only to face charges of murder and...

2020.

1 Movie
The Skywalker Legacy

The Skywalker Legacy

2020
The story lives forever in this feature-length documentary that charts the making of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

2019.

2 Movies
Radioflash

Radioflash

2019
Reese was plunged into an all-too-real fight to survive when a nuclear strike caused an electrical pulse that cut off all power, water, and communication to the western United States. A perilous trek ...
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

6.23
2019
The journey of Rey, Finn and Poe Dameron continues as the Resistance faces the First Order. The final battle begins with the power and knowledge of generations behind them.

2018.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
Waterlily Jaguar

Waterlily Jaguar

2018
A famous writer has an obsession that leaves his relationships and marriage in tatters.
Mute

Mute

8.33
2018
A man with a violent past is forced to take on the Underworld of a near-future Berlin as he searches for his missing girlfriend.
TV
Bite Club

Bite Club

2018
Two detectives are looking for a serial killer after surviving a shark attack.

2017.

2 Movies
Atomica

Atomica

6
2017
A young safety inspector is forced to fly out to bring communications back up after they go offline at a nuclear power plant. While inside the facility, there are mysterious clues and strange behavior...
A Midsummer's Nightmare

A Midsummer's Nightmare

2017
Four young lovers head into the woods to pursue their romantic desires, however, their plans are soon jeopardized when terrifying forces attack, using their own fantasies and secrets against them.

2016.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Quantum Break

Quantum Break

2016
Bridging gaming and live-action, the thriller looks into aspect the villains of the game and the dramatic backstory as it unfolds.
Pet

Pet

1.5
2016
A man becomes obsessed after bumping into a love interest. He kidnapped her and held her under the shelter where he works.

2015.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
TV
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

1
2015
Stephen Colbert is leaving "The Colbert Report" to return to television. As the host of The Late Show franchise redux -- taped at the historic Ed Sullivan Theatre at New York -- Colbert talks to actor...
Molly Moon and the Incredible Book of Hypnotism

Molly Moon and the Incredible Book of Hypnotism

2015
An orphan who practices hypnotism faces off against a bank Robber who wants her book on the art form.
TV
100 Code

100 Code

2015
New York, USA. The city of Sweden. Young, blonde, blue-eyed women have been found dead in a meadow over the past year. In order to help solve these crimes, a New York Detective gets a special permissi...

2013.

1 TV show
TV
Hollywood Game Night

Hollywood Game Night

6
2013
Two contestants are transported from their everyday lives into a once-in-a-lifetime night of fun and celebration as they play party games with some of their favorite celebrities and compete for the ch...

2012.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
The Millionaire Tour

The Millionaire Tour

2012
Debut feature from Inon Shampanier. A man needs to convince his abductors that they have the wrong person.
TV
The Eric Andre Show

The Eric Andre Show

6
2012
A comedy talk show featuring unstable hosts, a variety of celebrities, and unusual studio action was created from an alternate reality.
Soldiers of Fortune

Soldiers of Fortune

4
2012
Things don't go as planned when wealthy thrill-seekers pay huge premiums.

2011.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
Detention

Detention

1
2011
A group of co-eds band together to survive as a killer named Cinderhella stalks the student body at the high school.
The Day

The Day

5.79
2011
The war rages against humanity. Five people who are lost and on the run are the focus of the pursuit. They are looking into their lives.

2010.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
Completely Lost

Completely Lost

2010
"Lost" was the subject of a documentary.
TV
Top Gear

Top Gear

2010
The hosts embark on adventures as they test cars in extreme stunts, intense challenges and first-person reviews using their own unique perspectives.

2009.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
X-Men Origins: Wolverine

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

6.05
2009
In order to avenge the death of his girlfriend,Logan undergoes the Weapon X program and becomes the superhero, Wolverine.
Wolverine Unleashed: The Complete Origins

Wolverine Unleashed: The Complete Origins

2009
Producer Lauren Schuler Donner starts this behind-the-scenes piece off by discussing how they initially wanted to tell Wolverine's Japan arc, but how the studio insisted that they give audiences an or...
TV
FlashForward

FlashForward

5.29
2009
When the world blacks out for two minutes and seventeen seconds, everyone sees a flash of their own future. For some, the future is positive, while for others it is not. It doesn't seem to exist for a...

2008.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Childrens Hospital

Childrens Hospital

6.1
2008
People who are lazy should not be in a hospital. It's a place where smart people take care of people who aren't smart enough to stay healthy. The lives, loves and laughs of a hospital staff are chroni...
I Sell the Dead

I Sell the Dead

2008
The justice caught up with the grave robbers. With only a few hours to go before his date with the guillotine, Arthur Blake (Monaghan) tells his life story to Father Francis Duffy. Arthur spills the b...

2007.

1 TV show
TV
Chuck

Chuck

6.17
2007
Chuck Bartowski became the CIA's most important secret when he downloaded a database of government information and deadly fighting skills into his head. Chuck is on a path to become a spy.

2006.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
The Making of The Fellowship of the Ring

The Making of The Fellowship of the Ring

2006
The "Fellowship of the Ring" is the subject of a documentary.
TV
Rachael Ray

Rachael Ray

2006
On September 18, 2006 the United States and Canada saw the debut of The Rachael Ray Show, an American talk show starring Ray that is syndicated in the United States and Canada. It was filmed in New Yo...

2005.

4 Movies
Welcome to Oahu: The Making of the Pilot

Welcome to Oahu: The Making of the Pilot

2005
A thirty-three minute, behind-the-scenes look at LOST's two-part pilot episode.
Ringers - Lord of the Fans

Ringers - Lord of the Fans

2005
The film "Ringers: Lord of the Fans" explores how "The Lord of the Rings" has influenced Western popular culture over the past 50 years.
Shooting Livien

Shooting Livien

2005
John Livien, a New York musician who deals with a childhood trauma by claiming an alter ego, is the subject of a dark psychological drama. Livien struggles with his identity crisis as his band is on t...
The Purifiers

The Purifiers

2005
Martial arts clubs have created their own infrastructure after tiring of government initiatives. The Purifiers are fighting to maintain the successful system which has rid the city of crime and violen...

2004.

8 Movies · 2 TV shows
The Passing of an Age

The Passing of an Age

2004
A documentary about the release of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Designing Middle-Earth

Designing Middle-Earth

2004
A documentary about the designing process of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Home of the Horse Lords

Home of the Horse Lords

2004
A look at the horse wranglers and stunts in The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
Weta Workshop

Weta Workshop

2004
A documentary about Weta Workshop's work on The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
TV
Lost

Lost

6.6
2004
The survivors of a plane crash must work together to survive. There are many secrets on the island.
TV
I Love the '90s

I Love the '90s

2004
I Love the '90s is a mini-series that features various people talking about the 1990s culture and all it had to offer. The show aired two episodes a day until July 16, 2004, when it ended with "I Love...
Frodo Is Great... Who Is That?!!

Frodo Is Great... Who Is That?!!

2004
During the Council of Elrond scene in "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring", a New Zealand actor and musician appeared as an extra. His brief appearance sparked a huge internet fan-base ...
Editorial: Completing the Trilogy

Editorial: Completing the Trilogy

2004
A documentary about the editing process in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Cameras in Middle-Earth

Cameras in Middle-Earth

2004
An inside look at the filming process of the 2003 film, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.
Spivs

Spivs

2004
Jack, Steve and Goat are Spivs. They wheel and deal wherever and whenever they can. It's not until Jack and the others get involved with a guy called Villa that they realize what a mess they are into....

2003.

7 Movies · 3 TV shows
TV
Punk'd

Punk'd

8.33
2003
The celebrity friends were pranked by the actor.
TV
Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Jimmy Kimmel Live!

6.3
2003
Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs on ABC.
TV
The Ellen DeGeneres Show

The Ellen DeGeneres Show

5.15
2003
Ellen is the host.
J.R.R. Tolkien: Origins of Middle-Earth

J.R.R. Tolkien: Origins of Middle-Earth

2003
A documentary about the creation of Tolkien's Middle-Earth franchise
The Battle for Helm's Deep Is Over...

The Battle for Helm's Deep Is Over...

2003
A documentary about the release of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

6.32
2003
Aragorn is revealed as the heir to the ancient kings as he, Gandalf and the other members of the broken fellowship attempt to save Gondor from Sauron's forces. The ring is going to be closer to the he...
The Long and Short of It

The Long and Short of It

2003
Two people are helping a workman.
Weta Workshop

Weta Workshop

2003
A documentary about Weta Workshop's work on The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Cameras in Middle-Earth

Cameras in Middle-Earth

2003
A documentary about the filming of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.

2002.

8 Movies
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

6.21
2002
While Gimli, Legolas and Aragorn search for the orc-captured Merry and Pippin, Frodo and Sam are trekking to destroy the One Ring of Power. The Orthanc Tower in Isengard is where the Fellowship member...
Scale

Scale

2002
A documentary about the scale work in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
A Day in the Life of a Hobbit

A Day in the Life of a Hobbit

2002
A short "making of" documentary about The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.
J.R.R. Tolkien: Creator of Middle-Earth

J.R.R. Tolkien: Creator of Middle-Earth

2002
A documentary about the creation of the Middle-earth franchise.
The Fellowship of the Cast

The Fellowship of the Cast

2002
A documentary about the casting of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
The Road Goes Ever On...

The Road Goes Ever On...

2002
A documentary about the release of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
From Book to Script

From Book to Script

2002
A documentary about the adaptation process of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Cameras in Middle-Earth

Cameras in Middle-Earth

2002
A documentary about shooting The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

2001.

4 Movies
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

6.27
2001
The young Bilbo Baggins must leave his home in order to keep his ring from falling into the hands of his evil creator. Along the way, a fellowship is formed to protect the ringbearer and make sure tha...
National Geographic - Beyond the Movie: The Fellowship of the Ring

National Geographic - Beyond the Movie: The Fellowship of the Ring

2001
A documentary about the influences on Tolkien, covering in brief his childhood and how he detested the onslaught of industry through the idyllic countryside, moving on to describe his fighting experie...

2000.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
This Is Personal: The Hunt for the Yorkshire Ripper

This Is Personal: The Hunt for the Yorkshire Ripper

2000
This is a dramatisation of the real-life investigation into the notorious Yorkshire Ripper murders of the late 1970s, showing the effect that it had on the health and career of Assistant Chief Constab...
TV
Monsignor Renard

Monsignor Renard

2000
Monsignor Renard was a four-part ITV television drama set in occupied France during World War II. It starred John Thaw as Monsignor Augustine Renard, a French priest who is drawn into the Resistance m...

1997.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
The View

The View

6
1997
The most exciting events of the day are being discussed on ABC daytime's morning chat fest. Hot topics in the news, the best experts in their field, celebrity interviews and general entertainment are ...
Hostile Waters

Hostile Waters

1997
An American submarine collides with a Soviet sub on the coast of America and there is a standoff that could lead to the total destruction of America.

1996.

1 TV show
TV
Hetty Wainthropp Investigates

Hetty Wainthropp Investigates

6
1996
There was a genteel British crime/comedy drama television programme that aired from 1996 to 1998. The character of the patient husband Robert was played by David Benfield, the lodger was played by Dom...

1995.

1 TV show
TV
MADtv

MADtv

1
1995
Mad magazine inspired the creation of MADtv, an American sketch comedy television series. The show was on Saturdays on Fox.

1993.

1 TV show
TV
Late Night with Conan O'Brien

Late Night with Conan O'Brien

6
1993
Late Night with Conan O'Brien is an American late-night talk show hosted by Conan O'Brien that aired 2,725 episodes on NBC between 1993 and 2009. The show featured varied comedic material, celebrity i...

1992.

1 TV show
TV
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

5.75
1992
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno was hosted by Jay Leno from May 25, 1992 to May 29, 2009, and resumed production on March 1, 2010. Three days after Johnny Carson's retirement as host of the Tonight Sho...

1988.

1 TV show
TV
LIVE with Kelly and Ryan

LIVE with Kelly and Ryan

1988
A morning talk show with A-list celebrity guests, top-notch performances and one-of-a-kind segments are unparalleled on daytime television.

Unknown Year.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Moonhaven

Moonhaven

Bella Sway, a lunar cargo pilot and smuggler 100 years in the future, finds herself accused of a crime and marooned on Moonhaven, a utopian community set on a 500 square mile Garden of Eden built on t...
Last Looks

Last Looks

A disgraced ex-cop seeks solace by moving to the woods, but his quiet life comes to an end when a private eye recruits him to investigate the murder of an eccentric TV star's wife.
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