In Stockport, he attended St Anne's Roman Catholic High School (where his uncle taught and later became head teacher) and Aquinas College, where he studied English literature, drama and geography.

Monaghan later starred in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy as Meriadoc Brandybuck, for which he achieved international acclaim and success.

Monaghan narrated Ringers: Lord of the Fans, a documentary about The Lord of the Rings fandom.

He also provided the narration for The Discovery Channel's documentary Devil's Bible in 2008.

.” The exhibit is open to the public until June 26th at The Andrew Weiss Gallery (2525 Michigan Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90404). There’s only one spot in history for the first ever of anything. MM: The video you shot in conjunction with the photo is priceless. NF: A secret tryst in the galley causes some “bumpy air” for the passengers.

The prints are selling for hefty price tags – between $17,500 and $30,000! MM: Tyler is adamant that his set design, props, wardrobe, hair and makeup are all authentic to the time period he is shooting. Which, if your trysts are ever described as “bumpy air”, you’re doing it wrong.

Other stars in the photo exhibit (and included in the gallery below): Nathan Fillion, Abigail Breslin, Jennifer Morrison, Holland Roden, and Rose Mc Iver. MM: What was it about this particular project that made you want to be a part of it? Can you share a little about your experience with that? MM: Well then, I guess I have to ask – not that I expect an answer – have you joined the “mile-high club” or only in the Historical Fiction sense?

Michelle Monaghan: You and I collaborated with Tyler Shields on his latest photographic exhibition titled, Historical Fiction. NF: I admit I jumped at any chance to work with Tyler. I’ve known him for a while, and wanted to do some piece with him, any piece. MM: What was your “headline” and what did it mean to you personally? To me, this speaks of a time when America wasn’t just about the almighty buck. NF: When you slick back your hair, you get a really good idea of just how melon-like your head actually is. NF: I am not a member, but I read there’s a plane you can charter for just that reason.

So, maybe the next time you see me I’ll have my card.

He played Meriadoc "Merry" Brandybuck in Peter Jackson's epic film trilogy The Lord of the Rings (2001–2003) and Charlie Pace on the television show Lost (2004–2010).

Monaghan's family lived in Berlin, Düsseldorf, Stuttgart and Münster, moving about every four years.

When he was about 11 years old, his family moved from Germany to Heaton Moor in Stockport, England.