Born December 8, 1976 as Dominic Bernard Patrick Luke Monaghan, he moved when a young child, about every four years and lived in Berlin, Düsseldorf, Stuttgart and Münster. When at age 11 his family moved from Germany to Heaton Moor in Stockport, Greater Manchester. Monaghan's first language is English, but he also speaks some German.
Well known international for playing 'Merry' Meriadoc Brandybuck in The Lord of the Rings trilogy and as Charlie Pace in the television show Lost. Dominic has always wanted to be an actor. He started off in school plays such as Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol, and Bugsy Malone before joining Manchester Youth Theatre. There he was casted alongside Patricia Routledge, in Hetty Wainthropp Investigates, as Geoffrey Shawcross. The series was very popular, but was not founded after the fourth season. His feature film debut was in the TV film Hostile Waters, as Sasha. Dominic credits also include X-Men Origins: Wolverine as Bolt (Chris Bradley), I Sell the Dead as Arthur Blake, FlashForward as Simon Campos, Soldiers of Fortune as Tommy Sin and The Day as Rick.
Alongside his acting, Dominic has a great love for insects and reptiles. He likes hunting for insects and reptiles outdoors 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. A nature lover, he has been active in the planting of trees, cacti, and the pod-seeds of mature hedge-row bushes. Owns a small forest in India, and works with the animal rights group PETA. He now host a TV show, ‘Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan’ - travels around the globe in search of the deadliest creatures known to man.
His other loves include surfing, kayaking, snowboarding, football, basketball, and hiking. Other interesting facts about Dominic include a longtime supporter and fan of Manchester United, learned karate as a child, practices yoga, and often go to the gym for strength and weight training. Dominic lives in Los Angeles, California, today and has 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 organization.
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