Full Name: Dominic Monaghan
Birthdate: December 8th, 1976
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Parents: Austin and Aureen Monaghan
Siblings: Matthew, age 25 Thanks to Valindiel for this fact!
Pets: A pet black widow spider name Witchitar, a leaf mantis named Gizmo, and an albino garter snake named Blink. Thanks
to Valindiel and Gemz for this fact!
Hair color: Brown
Eye color: Blue/grey
Marital status: Single
* His favorite actor is Robert De Niro.
* His favorite movies are "The Godfather," "The Deer Hunter," "Star Wars," "This Is Spinal Tap," "Awakenings," "Grosse
Point Blank," "Batman," and "Kes".
* His hobbies are music, film, fashion, football, the Beatles, insects, and ladies.
* Drives a Red VW Beetle soft top.
* Speaks fluent German.
* Had to choose between his girlfriend and filming Lord of the Rings.
* Is "officially the tallest hobbit"
* Describes the Lotr trilogy as "[B]ig and huge and vast, but...well worth it"
* Can't stand women who drink and/or smoke Thanks to Grace for this fact
* Since watching "Star Wars" when he was six years old, Dominic has been obsessed with films Thanks to OrliGirl
for this fact
* His other obsessions include writing, music, fashion, playing/watching soccer and surfing. Utilizing his writing
skills, he and Billy Boyd are collaborating on a script. Thanks to OrliGirl for this fact
* Has a knack for impersonations and accents Thanks to OrliGirl for this fact
* Was terribly allergic to his Elven cloak Thanks to HobbitFreeeek for this fact
* During the Brandywine Bridge scene in FotR, Dom got a splinter in his foot that he kept insisting was huge, but
when it was pulled out, was actually quite small Thanks to G-Baby for this fact
Dominic Monaghan was born in Berlin, Germany, on December 8, 1976, as the younger of two boys. His father, Austin, is schoolteacher
his mother, Aureen, is nurse. The family spoke English at home and, when Dominic was 12 years old, they moved back to their
hometown Manchester, UK.
» "I've always been outgoing and was always trying to be the centre of attention as a little boy... loud and cheeky and naughty.
I was moving around so much that I had to make friends quite quickly as a kid. Every 3 years we would move to a new city,
and I would have to be constantly impressing myself onto people immediately, because I knew I only had 3 years to be friends
with them before I took off."
Growing up, Dominic did several odd jobs - as a mail sorter, a stock boy, a sauté chef. He visited Aquinas College, a Catholic
sixth form school in England, where he studied English literature, drama, and geography. By his second year, Dominic regularly
took part in school plays. He performed in Charles Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol', played the 'Artful Dodger' in 'Oliver Twist',
and even portrayed American gangster Bugsy Malone.
» "I think deep down I always wanted to be an actor. It was the one thing in school that I was undoubtedly enthusiastic about
and good at. I coasted along being good at German, Georgraphy, English and football but there wasn't anything I could really
call my thing, my niche." Dominic soon started acting outside of school. He joined the Manchester Youth Theatre. His work
with the troupe attracted a talent agent's attention. The agent sent him to an open casting for the television show 'Hetty
Wainthropp Investigates', starring veteran actress Patricia Routledge. 18-years-old Dominic made his television debut as Routledge's
underage sidekick, Geoffrey Shawcross, whom played for four series.
» "I did that when I was 18 through to 20... That was kind of family entertainment in England, which is great, you know, for
the whole family to be able to sit down and watch it. People would turn to me in the pub and go "Aren't you that tiny, greasy-haired
spotty guy from Hetty Wainthropp Investigates?" That was the first job I'd ever done, and it got me to where I am now, so
I have a real love for that thing."
Dom and his Mom
In the next few years, Dominic 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
Dominic as a witty, lovelorn 15 year old.
Dominic 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 favourite.
»"I was about 15. My dad gave it to me and gave me a year to read it, and I did in three months. He was quite impressed."
After a formal audition for The Lord of the Rings, Dominic left England to film the WWII mini series 'Monsignor Renard' in
France in 1999. Six months into shooting, Dominic's agent warned him to be prepared to immediately leave for Los Angeles or
New Zealand to meet 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 instalments - The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Two Towers (2002), and The Return of the King (2003)
- were continuously filmed in New Zealand in altogether almost two years. Their yearly releases made him more and more popular,
and their popularity brought him masses of jobs offers. After returning to England, besides sifting through piles of potential
scripts, Dominic also completed his own comedy screenplay with fellow hobbit Billy Boyd.
In 2002 he played the leading part in 'An Insomniac's Nightmare', a thirty minute thought-provoking film that follows one
night as seen through the eyes of a young man suffering from severe chronic insomnia. 2003 he finished filming 'SPIVS' and
short time later 'The Purifiers', which is a british martial arts film about a futuristic world run by evil gangs, with the
Purifiers the only ones who fight on the side of good.
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