Colin Morgan at 2010 San Diego Comic-Con International.
1 January 1986 |
Armagh, Northern Ireland
|Education||Integrated College Dungannon
Belfast Institute for Further and Higher Education
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Early life and education
Morgan was born in Armagh, Northern Ireland and grew up as a Catholic during "The Troubles". His natural acting ability and ambition was evident at an early age -- he was five years old when he first appeared in the chorus in a production of Cinderella and then Peter Pan, going on to participate in various local amateur stage productions as he grew up. 
Morgan was inspired to become an actor and attended Integrated College Dungannon, winning the 'Denis Rooney Associates Cup' for best overall student in the third year, before gaining a National Diploma in Performing Arts from the Belfast Institute of Further and Higher Education in 2004. He went on to study at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow, where he graduated in 2007. In the final year of his under-graduate course he made his professional London debut in Vernon God Little a role that was assessed for his final grade.
On stage in 2007, Morgan debuted as Vernon Little in the title role of the Young Vic's adaptation of DBC Pierre's Vernon God Little and as Esteban in the Old Vic stage adaptation of Pedro Almodóvar's Todo sobre mi madre (All About My Mother). In 2008, he appeared as Jimmy Rosario in the Young Vic production of Thomas Babe's A Prayer for My Daughter. In 2011, he played Carlos in the Royal Court Theatre production of Colombian dramaturg Pedro Miguel Rozo's play Our Private Life. On 9 Dec 2012 Morgan performed in Step in Time at The Old Vic 24 Hour Musicals Celebrity Gala in aid of The Old Vic Trust. In 2013, he played Ariel in the Globe Theatre production of Shakespeare's The Tempest, and Skinny in Jez Butterworth's dark comedy Mojo in the Harold Pinter Theatre in London's West End. Mojo received good reviews and the London production was extended for two weeks finishing on 8 February 2014
In film, Morgan will portray Victor Richardson, a school friend of Vera Brittain's brother Edward, in a BBC Films feature adaptation  of her first memoir Testament of Youth. Morgan appears as Calum in Island, a film adaptation of Jane Rogers' novel Island, and as Cathal in the award winning Irish film Parked.
Morgan featured in two minor TV roles: John Leary in sketches on The Catherine Tate Show (2007) and Jethro Cane in the Doctor Who episode "Midnight" (2008). He played the title role in BBC TV series Merlin from 2008 to 2012, for which he won a National Television Award.
He, and co-star Bradley James, travelled on an exploration of Arthurian legends for BBC Wales, The Real Merlin & Arthur, in 2009. On 14 April 2012 Morgan performed readings from survivor's accounts and testimonials during Titanic: A Commemoration in Music and Film broadcast live on BBC2 from Belfast's Waterfront Hall.
|2007||Catherine Tate Show, TheThe Catherine Tate Show||John Leary||Episode: "Christmas Special"|
|2008||Doctor Who||Jethro Cane||Episode: "Midnight"|
|2008–12||Merlin||Merlin||5 seasons of 13 episodes (Main Role)|
|2009||The Real Merlin and Arthur||Himself||TV one-off accompanied by Bradley James|
|2014||Quirke||Jimmy Minor||Episode 3: "Elegy for April".|
|A Testament of Youth||Victor Richardson||Filming starts mid-March 2014.|
|2007||Vernon God Little||Vernon Little||Young Vic Theatre|
|All About My Mother||Esteban||Old Vic Theatre|
|2008||Prayer for My Daughter, AA Prayer for My Daughter||Jimmy||Young Vic Theatre|
|2011||Our Private Life||Carlos||Royal Court Theatre|
|2012||The Twenty Four Musicals Celebrity Gala||Gary||Old Vic Theatre|
|2013||The Tempest||Ariel||Shakespeare's Globe|
|2013–14||Mojo||Skinny||Harold Pinter Theatre|
|2009||Cry Babies||Roger||BBC Radio 4|
|Jack and the Beanstalk||Archie||RSAMD|
|Caucasian Chalk Circle, TheThe Caucasian Chalk Circle||Singer||RSAMD|
|Tempest, TheThe Tempest||Ferdinand||RSAMD|
|Last Supper||Young Man/Chorus||RSAMD|
|God the Game Show||Stewart||RSAMD|
|Bite of the Night||First Youth/Chorus||RSAMD|
|2008||Variety Club Showbiz Awards||Outstanding Newcomer||Merlin in Merlin||Won|
|2009||Monte Carlo TV Festival awards||Outstanding Actor (Drama)||Nominated|
|2010||Monte Carlo TV Festival awards||Outstanding Actor (Drama)||Nominated|
|2011||Monte Carlo TV Festival awards||Outstanding Actor (Drama)||Nominated|
|2012||Virgin Media TV Awards||Best Actor||Won|
|2013||National Television Award||Drama Performance: Male||Won|
|2013||Broadway World West End Awards||Best Featured Actor in a New Production of a Play||Ariel in The Tempest||Won|
- Alison Jane Reid. "Merlin’s Colin Morgan – The Year of The Thoughtful, Intelligent Geek". Retrieved 9 March 2012.
- BBC. "Merlin: a new 13-part drama series on BBC One.". Retrieved 2 January 2009.
- BMC. "Students make it at 'The Met'". Retrieved 28 November 2010.
- whatsonstage.com. "20 Questions With … Colin Morgan". Retrieved 2 January 2009.
- Royal Court Theatre. "Our Private Life". Retrieved 15 March 2011.
- "Old Vic 24-hour-musicals". Retrieved 9 December 2012.
- Shakespeare's Globe. "The Tempest @ Shakespeare's Globe". Retrieved 13 November 2013.
- Harold Pinter Theatre. "Mojo the Play". Retrieved 13 November 2013.
- Official London Theatre. "Star laden Mojo extends". Retrieved 30 November 2013.
- "Daily Mail Online TV & Showbiz". Retrieved 14 February 2014.
- Finite Films. "Island". Retrieved 16 April 2011.
- Tailormade Productions. "Island". Retrieved 28 December 2009.
- United Agents. "Colin Morgan". Retrieved 15 January 2010.
- Ripple World. "Parked". Retrieved 11 March 2010.
- IFFMH. "Main Award at Mannheim-Heidelberg Film Festival". Retrieved 25 November 2011.
- BBC (bbc.co.uk). "Merlin series 5 is the last". Retrieved 26 November 2012.
- National Television Awards. "Winners". Retrieved 23 January 2013.
- "The Kim Newman Web Site". Retrieved 23 January 2009.
- "Colin Morgan in BBC Drama Quirke". Retrieved 16 January 2013.
- "Up&Comers". Retrieved 14 February 2014.
- "Mojo at Harold Pinter Theatre". Retrieved 9 September 2013.
- 56th annual Variety Club Showbiz Awards – Awards Ceremony – Colin Morgan
- "49th Monte-Carlo TV Festival Drama TV Series – Outstanding Actor". Retrieved 22 April 2010.
- "Festival de Télévision de Monte-Carlo – 50 – Nominees for Outstanding Actor – Drama TV Series". Retrieved 22 April 2010.
- "Festival de Télévision de Monte-Carlo – 51 – Nominees for Outstanding Actor – Drama TV Series". Retrieved 13 January 2012.
- "Virgin Media TV Awards". Retrieved 20 January 2012.
- "National TV Awards". Retrieved 18 January 2013.
- "Broadway World West End Awards". Retrieved 25 November 2013.
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