“I won’t miss having to stand for two hours at 4:30 a.m. and having freezing cold glue applied to my feet. I won’t miss two-hour drives to work or long, long, long, days sitting in my trailer waiting, waiting, waiting. I won’t miss glue in my ears. But I would do it all again tomorrow.” Dominic Monaghan
Hailing from England, actor Dominic Monaghan received his huge break in the movie industry by joining the cast of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Two Towers (2002) and The Return of the King (2003), as hobbit Meriadoc ‘Merry’ Brandybuck. Standing 5’ 7” tall, Monaghan is the tallest of the 4 principal actors to play hobbits in the LOTR films. He is now filming the acclaimed series “Lost” (series began in 2004), where he is cast as drug-addicted musician Charlie Pace.
Off screen, the environmentalist actor bought a forest in India in early 2003 and gives fans the opportunity to buy a tree in his forest to raise people’s ecological awareness. On his plan, Monaghan stated, “It’s a way for us to keep our bond together, but at the same time, do something useful for the planet.”
Monaghan, who said he has been desperate for a baby since age 11, is reportedly engaged to actress Evangeline Lilly, his costar in “Lost.” The surfing enthusiast now lives in Hollywood Hills, 25 minutes from a beach. He sometimes returns to his hometown of Manchester, England.
Childhood and Family:
Dominic Bernard Patrick Luke Monaghan, later known simply as Dominic Monaghan, was born on December 8, 1976, in Berlin, Germany. At the time of his birth, Dominic’s parents were working in Germany. The whole family lived there until Dom (Dominic’s nickname) was 12, making him a bilingual person (he is fluent in English and German).
Returning home to Manchester, England, Dominic studied at the St. Anne’s R.C High School in Stockport, where his uncle became a head teacher. He then studied English Literature, Drama and Geography at Stockport’s Sixth Form College, where he acquired a role in a British TV series. Dominic, who is also a talented impersonator, once took jobs as a mail sorter, a stock boy and a sauté chef, before enjoying success as an actor.
Dominic Monaghan’s first professional acting performance was as Geoffrey Shawcross, the teenage assistant of a housewife-turned-detective, in the BBC mystery series “Hetty Wainthropp Investigates” (1996-1998), starring Patricia Routledge. He also took a role as a Russian sailor named Sasha in the HBO drama Hostile Waters (1997), alongside Martin Sheen, Rutger Hauer and Colm Feore.
Two years later, Monaghan played the 15-year-old narrator in the BBC Radio 4 comedy series “Stockton.” On the small screen, he had minor roles in the four-part mini drama series “Monsignor Renard” (2000, as Etienne Pierre Rollinger) and the fact-based Granada Television movie This Is Personal: The Hunt for the Yorkshire Ripper (2000, played Jimmy Furey).
“You don’t really see war through the eyes of a hobbit too much in the movie, but Merry becomes a warrior. To see Merry, covered in blood, sweat and tears, and living the terrible reality, was really traumatic.” Dominic Monaghan
Monaghan shot to overnight success after being cast by director Peter Jackson to play hobbit Meriadoc ‘Merry’ Brandybuck in his tripartite epic adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel: Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) and Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003, also performed “The Green Dragon”). For his mind-boggling performance in the trilogy, the actor picked up Best Ensemble awards from the Screen Actors Guild, the National Board of Review, the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the Online Film Critics Society and the Phoenix Film Critics Society. He was also nominated for two other Screen Actors Guild awards and a Phoenix Film Critics Society award for Best Ensemble, as well as an Empire award for Best Debut. Other cast members of the movie include Orlando Bloom, Sean Astin, Billy Boyd, Elijah Wood, Cate Blanchett, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen and Ian McKellen.
Monaghan, who could also be seen as a chronic insomniac named Jack in Tess Nanavati’s short drama An Insomniac’s Nightmare (2003), next joined the audition for the ABC series “Lost” (series began in 2004) and read for the role of Sawyer. Instead, he impressed the series producer after reading for the role of Charlie Pace. Monaghan’s portrayal of the one-hit-wonder, drug-addicted rocker who became an airline crash survivor, soon brought in a Screen Actors Guild award, as well as a Saturn award and a Prism award nomination. He is currently filming the series in Hawaii.
In the UK, Monaghan was involved in the comedy drama Spivs (2004, played Goat) and the action The Purifiers (2004). He also appeared as Owen in the dark psychological drama Shooting Livien (2005). In 2006, the actor made an unaccredited performance as Chris Wellington in an episode of the talk show “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.”
- Screen Actors Guild: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, “Lost,” 2006
- Screen Actors Guild: Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, 2004
- Broadcast Film Critics Association: Best Acting Ensemble, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, 2004
- National Board of Review: Best Acting by an Ensemble, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, 2003
- Online Film Critics Society: Best Ensemble, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, 2003
- Phoenix Film Critics Society: Best Acting Ensemble, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, 2003
- Phoenix Film Critics Society: Best Acting Ensemble, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, 2002