Bradley James

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Bradley James
Bradley James.jpg
Bradley James on Merlin set April 2010
Born (1983-10-11) 11 October 1983 (age 31)
Exeter, Devon, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 2008–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 program Merlin.

Personal life[edit]

Bradley James 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]

In August 2014 James took part in the 'Ice Bucket Challenge' to raise money for charity.[5]

Television career[edit]

James 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, fourth, and fifth series on NBC's affiliate cable network Syfy. Merlin ended its 5-year run on BBC One.[6]

James and co-star Colin Morgan went on an exploration of Arthurian legends for BBC Wales, The Real Merlin & Arthur, in 2009.[7]

James also will guest star as Edgar in the upcoming fourth season of the Emmy Award winning political thriller television series Homeland, which premiere in fall 2014 on Showtime.[8]



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 (Main Role)
2009 Merlin: Secrets and Magic Self Documentary 14 episodes[9]
2009 The Real Merlin and Arthur Self TV Documentary co-starring Colin Morgan
2009 Portobello 196 Jude Short
2012 Fast Girls Carl Movie
2014 Homeland JG Edgars TV Series - Season 4
2015 iZombie Lowell Casey TV series
2015 Damien Damien Thorn Upcoming TV series


  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. ^
  6. ^ "Merlin to cast final spell as creators reveal that current series will be the last". 26 November 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2012. 
  7. ^ "The Real Merlin and Arthur". BBC. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "Bradley James Credited w/Role in ‘Homeland’ Season 4". 18 June 2014. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
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