Dominic Bernard Patrick Luke Monaghan is an English actor. He has received international attention from the success of playing Merry in Peter Jackson’s adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and his role as Charlie Pace on the television show Lost. Monaghan was born in Berlin, Germany, after older brother Matthew, to English parents. His family first moved to Heaton Moor, Stockport, England, when he was twelve, then later moved to Manchester. Monaghan’s first language is English, but he also speaks German. He is 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.