Early life
Monaghan was born in Berlin, Germany, to British parents: Maureen, a nurse, and Austin Monaghan, a science teacher.At the age of twelve, his family moved from Germany to Heaton Moor in Stockport, Greater Manchester,and later to Manchester. Monaghan’s first language is English, but he also speaks German and is well known for his ability to impersonate others and replicate accents. He attended St. Anne’s RC High School (where his uncle taught and later became head teacher) and Aquinas College, where he studied English literature, drama and geography.
Although Dominic held many occupations when he was younger, he always wanted to be an actor. After his second year at St. Anne’s, Monaghan became a regular in school plays such as Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol, and Bugsy Malone before joining Manchester Youth Theatre. There, he was scouted for Hetty Wainthropp Investigates, on which he played Hetty’s under-aged sidekick, Geoffrey Shawcross, for four seasons. He made his feature film debut as Russian sailor Sasha in TV film Hostile Waters.

Monaghan narrated Ringers: Lord of the Fans, a documentary about Lord of the Rings fandom. On his right arm, he has a tattoo of the Elvish word “nine” written in Quenya-mode Tengwar, a reference to his involvement in the Lord of the Rings and the fact that his character was one of the nine members of the Fellowship of the Ring. Several other cast members also got similar tattoos during the film’s production. On his left arm is a tattoo saying “Living is easy with eyes closed”, a line from The Beatles’ “Strawberry Fields Forever”. He also has two stars tattooed on his left ankle.

Monaghan has been confirmed to have been cast in the X-Men movie spinoff X-Men Origins: Wolverine as Barnell Bohusk / Beak.

thanks a lot to wikipedia for the biography.


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