Born on Dec. 8, 1976, in West Berlin, Germany, Monaghan was raised by his father, Austin, a school teacher, and his mother, Maureen, a nurse; both of whom were British expatriates. After his family moved to Stockport, England when he was 11 years old, he attended St. Anne’s RC High School, while performing in school productions of “A Christmas Carol” and “Oliver Twist.” Soon after, Monaghan joined the Manchester Youth Theatre, which spurred the interest of an agent, who landed him a series of television auditions. He briefly went to Aquinas College to study drama and English literature before branching off as a professional actor when he scored the role of Geoffrey Shawcross, the youthful sidekick of an amateur sleuth (Patricia Routledge) on the quirky comedy-drama, “Hetty Wainthropp Investigates”
Dominic has, since then, showed a knack for being part of some of the biggest films and television shows of his day. After breaking into acting on the small screen, Monaghan was plucked by director Peter Jackson to play Meriadoc “Merry” Brandybuck in his “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, one of the most successful and decorated fantasy franchises ever made.
Though he languished a bit following the back-to-back filming of the three movies, he emerged on the small screen as Charlie Pace, one of 48 survivors of a downed airline on a mysterious island on the hit drama, “Lost”. For three seasons, he endeared himself to fans as a soul-searching musician struggling to overcome addiction and to do the right thing, which helped make him one of the more popular characters on the show. While his fans were unable to “Save Charlie” once it became known that his character would be killed off at the end of season three, Monaghan nonetheless showed a capacity for playing starker, more textured characters, leading to a prominent supporting turn as Bolt in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” and a starring role on yet another hit mystery drama, “FlashForward” , which helped him become a true star on the rise.
Since then Dominic has been developing his new series “Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan” which features Dominic travelling to various locations such as Venezuela and Ecuador to film and interact with the exotic and often dangerous local wildlife.
Dominic looks forward to meeting all his fans at both the Brisbane and Adelaide events in 2013. There are signing* and photo* sessions throughout each Saturday (10.30am to 5.30pm) and Sunday (11am to 5pm) excluding breaks. Dominic is conducting a general admission Q&A each Saturday * Autograph ($40 each) and photograph ($50 each) fees apply.
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