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Dominic Monaghan

Lowest Rated:   14% Soldiers of Fortune (2012)
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Birthplace:   Berlin, Germany
Actor Dominic Monaghan played cheeky rabble-rousers in British theater and television long before he was cast as a comical hobbit in New Line Cinema's epic The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Born in Berlin, Germany, on December 8, 1976, Monaghan is the younger of two boys. His schoolteacher father and nurse mother spoke English at home and, when Monaghan was 12 years old, moved the family back to their native Manchester. Growing up, Monaghan worked several odd jobs -- as a mail sorter, a stock boy, a sauté chef -- but he always wanted to be an actor. He enrolled at Aquinas College, a Catholic sixth form school in England, where he studied English literature, drama, and geography. By his second year, Monaghan was a regular fixture in school plays. He performed in Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, played the Artful Dodger in Dickens' Oliver Twist, and even portrayed American gangster Bugsy Malone. Monaghan soon started acting outside of school and joined the Manchester Youth Theatre. His work with the troupe caught the attention of a talent agent, who sent him to an open casting call for the television show Hetty Wainthrop Investigates, starring veteran actress Patricia Routledge. Monaghan, then only 18, made his television debut as amateur detective Routledge's underage sidekick, Geoffrey Shawcross. The actor appeared on Hetty Wainthrop Investigates for four seasons, building a fan base and honing his craft. In the next few years, Monaghan made his feature-film debut as a Russian sailor in Hostile Waters with Rutger Hauer and taped the docudrama This Is Personal: The Hunt for the Yorkshire Ripper, in which he portrays the boyfriend of a girl attacked by the Ripper. He also recorded his first BBC radio show, "Stockport...So Good They Named It Once," a family sitcom that features Monaghan as a witty, lovelorn 15 year old. Monaghan was performing in a play in London when casting directors scouted him for The Lord of the Rings. As a child, he had read all three volumes of J.R.R. Tolkien's trilogy; the books were his father's favorite. After a formal audition for The Lord of the Rings, Monaghan left England to film the WWII miniseries Monsignor Renard (1999) in France, in which he plays a droll layabout whose life dramatically changes during the German occupation. Six months into shooting, Monaghan's agent warned him to be prepared to immediately leave for Los Angeles or New Zealand to meet with Peter Jackson, The Lord of the Rings' director. The actor packed, but the meeting never occurred: Within days, he was called with an offer to play hobbit Meriadoc "Merry" Brandybuck, a major character in all three films.The Lord of the Rings' three installments -- The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Two Towers (2002), and The Return of the King (2003) -- were taped simultaneously in New Zealand and kept Monaghan occupied for almost two years. Their yearly releases ensured Monaghan's continuing popularity, and their popularity brought him hoards of jobs offers. After returning to England, besides sifting through piles of potential scripts, Monaghan also completed his own comedy screenplay with fellow hobbit Billy Boyd. He would soon move on to find success on the small screen with a pivotal role on the popular series Lost, followed by a number of other TV projects, like FlashForward, Goodnight Burbank, and The Unknown.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Atomica
  • Robinson
2017
45% Pet
  • Seth
2016
29% The Day
  • Producer
  • Rick
2012
14% Soldiers of Fortune
  • Tommy Sin
2012
No Score Yet The Millionaire Tour
  • Actor
2012
38% X-Men Origins - Wolverine
  • Chris Bradley/Bolt
2009
74% I Sell the Dead
  • Arthur Blake
2008
No Score Yet Monsignor Renard
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet The Purifiers
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Shooting Livien
  • Owen
2005
No Score Yet Ringers - Lord of the Fans
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Spivs
  • Goat
2004
No Score Yet Ringers: Lord of the Fans
  • Actor
2004
95% The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  • Meriadoc `Merry' Brandybuck
2003
No Score Yet The Long and Short of It
  • Screenwriter
2003
96% The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  • Merry
2002
91% The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Meriadoc
2001
No Score Yet Monsignor Renard
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Hostile Waters
  • Sasha
1997
No Score Yet Missing Persons
  • Actor
1990

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet @midnight With Chris Hardwick
2014
  • Appearing
  • Panelist
No Score Yet The Nerdist
2011-2013
  • Guest
No Score Yet Hetty Wainthropp Investigates
1998
  • Geoffrey Shawcross
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
2005-2014
  • Voice
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Etienne
No Score Yet Hollywood Game Night
2013
  • Appearing
No Score Yet Wild Things With Dominic Monaghan
2012-2016
  • Host
  • Executive Producer
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
89% FlashForward
2009-2010
  • Simon
89% Lost
2004-2010
  • Charlie Pace Charlie
No Score Yet Wildest Things With Dominic Monaghan
2014
  • Host
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
2007
  • Guest
No Score Yet MADtv
1995-2009
  • Guest
83% Chuck
2007-2012
  • Tyler Martin
No Score Yet The Millionaire Tour
2012
  • Casper
No Score Yet Ridiculousness
2011
  • Appearing
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest

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