Dominic (Dom) Bernard Patrick Luke Monaghan, born 8 December, 1976, 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. He is the younger brother of English musician, Matt Monaghan. Monaghan was born in Berlin, Germany. At the age of twelve, his family moved from Germany to Heaton Moor in Stockport, Greater Manchester, and later to Manchester.