Bradley James

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Bradley James
Bradley James.jpg
Bradley James filming Merlin in April 2010.
Born (1983-10-11) 11 October 1983 (age 30)
Exeter, Devon, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 2001–present

Bradley James (born 11 October 1983[1]) is an English actor from Exeter, Devon. He made his television debut in the ITV series Lewis in 2008 and is best known for portraying King Arthur (previously Prince Arthur) in the BBC television programme Merlin.

Personal life[edit]

Bradley was born in Exeter, Devon. He and his family then moved to Jacksonville, Florida when he was nine years old. During his time there, he attended Crown Point Elementary School and then Fletcher Middle School before attending Madeley High School in Madeley, England.[2]

James is a fan of football and participates annually in sporting charity events.[3] When he was younger, he wanted to be either a footballer or an actor.[4]

Television career[edit]

Bradley first appeared in an episode of Lewis in 2008 and also played the part of Ben in the BBC Three drama Dis/Connected.

He trained at the Drama Centre London. His breakthrough came when he was chosen to play Prince Arthur, who later becomes the legendary King Arthur, in the BBC One fantasy TV series Merlin. Merlin has been a consistent hit series in the U.S.; its first series was shown on the broadcast network NBC and its second, third and fourth series on NBC's affiliate cable network Syfy. Merlin ended its 5-year run on BBC One.[5]

James and co-star Colin Morgan went on an exploration of Arthurian legends for BBC Wales, The Real Merlin & Arthur, in 2009.[6]



Year Title Role Notes
2008 Lewis Jack Roth Episode: "Music to Die For"
2008 Dis/Connected Ben TV movie
2008–2012 Merlin Arthur Pendragon 5 series of 13 episodes (Main Role)
2009 Merlin: Secrets and Magic Self Documentary 14 episodes[7]
2009 The Real Merlin and Arthur Self Documentary
2009 Portobello 196 Jude short
2012 Fast Girls Carl Movie


  1. ^ Bradley James and Colin Morgan interviewed on Jonathan Ross BBC Radio 2 show. 19 September 2009. "Jonathan Ross: Bradley was born in 83. Bradley James: Yeah." 
  2. ^ "Syfy's 'Merlin' star has Jacksonville connections". 
  3. ^ "Team Merlin v Eastenders". Retrieved 24 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "Bradley James IMDB". Retrieved 22 April 2012. 
  5. ^ "Merlin to cast final spell as creators reveal that current series will be the last". 26 November 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2012. 
  6. ^ "The Real Merlin and Arthur". BBC. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
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