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Monaghan in Wellington at the premiere of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King in 2003
Dominic Bernard Patrick Luke Monaghan

(1976-12-08) 8 December 1976 (age 47)
Occupation Actor
Years active 1994–present
Partner(s) Evangeline Lilly

Dominic Bernard Patrick Luke Monaghan (born 8 December 1976) is a British actor. He is best known for playing Meriadoc "Merry" Brandybuck in Peter Jackson's film trilogy The Lord of the Rings (2001–2003), and Charlie Pace on the ABC television drama 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 Soviet and a US 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).

Early life

Monaghan was born in West Berlin, West Germany, to British parents: Maureen, a nurse, and Austin Monaghan, who was of Irish descent, a science teacher. His older brother Matthew is the main songwriter and co-lead vocalist of the indie band Radiosepia and is a 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.

Career and events

Although Monaghan held many occupations when he was younger, he long 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. ..... 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 titled Gloria. It was part of a programme titled REESES Puff's Extraordinary Cinema (where the teenagers replace the pros). He played the part of Caleb Reese.

In 2010, Monaghan and US actress Megan Fox made an appearance as a couple in an abusive relationship in the music video for Rihanna and 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 started airing in the United Kingdom. The documentary shows Monaghan travelling to different locations such as Venezuela and Ecuador to film and interact with the exotic and often dangerous local wildlife.

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

Monaghan is a fan of The Gaffer Tapes: Fantasy Football Podcast and has appeared as a guest in both April-November 2016 and May 2018, as well as submitting several audio questions which are played on the podcast. While appearing as a guest, Monaghan said "It's the best fantasy football podcast out there".

Monaghan is a contributing writer for the music and culture magazine Paste, primarily writing articles about Premier League football.

Monaghan is the voice of Sightseeing Manchester's bus tour, recorded in March 2016.


He was named as part of the cast for the last film in the sequel trilogy which is Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, reuniting with J.J. Abrams, the co-creator of Lost. He appeared as Beaumont.

In May 2020, Monaghan joined 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, along with writer Philippa Boyens and director Peter Jackson, to appear on Josh Gad's YouTube series Reunited Apart, which reunites the cast of popular films through video-conferencing, and promotes donations to non-profit charities. Monaghan and castmate Billy Boyd started the podcast The Friendship Onion where they talk about their time filming The Lord of the Rings.

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 explained 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 Manchester United since his childhood.

Monaghan loves to play all 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 enjoys playing League of Legends with fellow Lord of the Rings cast member Billy Boyd. He is fluent in English and German.

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 reality TV series 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 until 2007.

In June 2008, Monaghan travelled to Argentina with Lilly to film the pilot of the US 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.



Year Title Role Notes
2001 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Meriadoc Brandybuck Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Nominated—Empire Award for Best Newcomer
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2002 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Acting Ensemble
National Board of Review Award for Best Cast
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated—Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
An Insomniac's Nightmare Jack Short film
2004 Spivs Goat
The Purifiers Sol
2005 Ringers: Lord of the Fans Narrator Voice
Shooting Livien Owen Scott
2008 I Sell the Dead Arthur Blake
2009 X-Men Origins: Wolverine Chris Bradley Nominated—People's Choice Award for Favorite On-Screen Team
2011 The Day Rick
2012 The Millionaire Tour Casper
Soldiers of Fortune Tommy Sin
2015 Molly Moon and the Incredible Book of Hypnotism Nockman
2016 Pet Seth
2017 Atomica Robinson Scott
2018 Mute Oswald
Waterlily Jaguar Bill
2019 Radioflash Chris
2019 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Beaumont Kin
2021 Edge of the World Colonel Arthur Crookshank
2022 Last Looks Warren Gomes


Year Title Role Notes
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 I Love the '90s Himself Commentator
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
2005 I Love the '90s: Part Deux Himself Commentator
2008 MADtv Himself 2 episodes
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
2013 Ridiculousness "Dominic Monaghan"
The Eric Andre Show "Krysten Ritter/Dominic Monaghan"
2015 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
2022 The Legend of Vox Machina Archibald Desnay (voice) Voice; 3 episodes
2022 Moonhaven Paul Serno TV show

Music videos

Year Artist Title Role
2010 Eminem featuring Rihanna "Love the Way You Lie" The Boyfriend

Video games

Year Title Voice role Notes
2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Meriadoc "Merry" Brandybuck Based on the film of the same name
The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth
2012 Lego The Lord of the Rings Meriadoc "Merry" Brandybuck Archive audio
2016 Quantum Break William "Will" Joyce Also motion capture
2021 Call of Duty: Vanguard Jannick Richter Also motion capture

Audio dramas

Year Title Role Notes
1999 Stockport, So Good They Named It Once Jason Conroy BBC Radio sitcom, Series 1 only
2022 Moriarty: The Devil's Game Professor James Moriarty Audible Original

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