Colin Morgan

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Colin Morgan
SDCC10 - Colin Morgan.jpg
Colin Morgan at 2010 San Diego Comic-Con International.
Born (1986-01-01) 1 January 1986 (age 28)
Armagh, Northern Ireland
Education Integrated College Dungannon
Belfast Institute for Further and Higher Education
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Occupation Actor
Years active 2007–present

Colin Morgan (born 1 January 1986) is a Northern Irish actor, best known for playing the title character in the BBC TV series Merlin.

Early life and education[edit]

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. [1]

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.[2]

In November 2010 the Belfast Metropolitan College (formerly the Belfast Institute of Further and Higher Education) honoured Morgan with an Award of Distinction for his contribution to the Arts.[3]


Morgan at the premiere of film Island, 20 February 2011

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[4] 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.[5] 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.[6] In 2013, he played Ariel in the Globe Theatre production of Shakespeare's The Tempest,[7] and Skinny in Jez Butterworth's dark comedy Mojo in the Harold Pinter Theatre in London's West End. Mojo received good reviews[8] and the London production was extended for two weeks finishing on 8 February 2014[9]

In film, Morgan will portray Victor Richardson, a school friend of Vera Brittain's brother Edward, in a BBC Films feature adaptation [10] of her first memoir Testament of Youth. It has also been announced that he will play as DS Tom Anderson, one of the lead characters in the second series of award-winning BBC drama[11] The Fall. Morgan appears as Calum in Island,[12][13] a film adaptation of Jane Rogers' novel Island, and as Cathal[14] in the award winning Irish film Parked.[15][16]

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,[17] for which he won a National Television Award.[18]

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.

Morgan has taken part in one BBC Radio play, Cry Babies by Kim Newman, on BBC Radio 4 (March 2009).[19]


Film and Television
Year Title Role Notes
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
2010 Parked Cathal O'Regan
2011 Island Calum
2014 Quirke Jimmy Minor Episode 3: "Elegy for April".[20]
Testament of Youth[21] Victor Richardson Filming
The Fall[22] DS Tom Anderson Announced
Year Title Role Company
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[23] Skinny Harold Pinter Theatre
Year Title Role Company
2009 Cry Babies Roger BBC Radio 4
Other works
Title Role Company
Jack and the Beanstalk Archie RSAMD
Caucasian Chalk Circle, TheThe Caucasian Chalk Circle Singer RSAMD
Tempest, TheThe Tempest Ferdinand RSAMD
Plasticine Groom/Grandmother RSAMD
Last Supper Young Man/Chorus RSAMD
Vassa Semyon RSAMD
God the Game Show Stewart RSAMD
Bite of the Night First Youth/Chorus RSAMD


Year Award Category Role Result
2008 Variety Club Showbiz Awards[24] Outstanding Newcomer Merlin in Merlin Won
2009 Monte Carlo TV Festival awards[25] Outstanding Actor (Drama) Nominated
2010 Monte Carlo TV Festival awards[26] Outstanding Actor (Drama) Nominated
2011 Monte Carlo TV Festival awards[27] Outstanding Actor (Drama) Nominated
2012 Virgin Media TV Awards[28] Best Actor Won
2013 National Television Award[29] Drama Performance: Male Won
2013 Broadway World West End Awards[30] Best Featured Actor in a New Production of a Play Ariel in The Tempest Won


  1. ^ Alison Jane Reid. "Merlin’s Colin Morgan – The Year of The Thoughtful, Intelligent Geek". Retrieved 9 March 2012. 
  2. ^ BBC. "Merlin: a new 13-part drama series on BBC One.". Retrieved 2 January 2009. 
  3. ^ BMC. "Students make it at 'The Met'". Retrieved 28 November 2010. 
  4. ^ "20 Questions With … Colin Morgan". Retrieved 2 January 2009. 
  5. ^ Royal Court Theatre. "Our Private Life". Retrieved 15 March 2011. 
  6. ^ "Old Vic 24-hour-musicals". Retrieved 9 December 2012. 
  7. ^ Shakespeare's Globe. "The Tempest @ Shakespeare's Globe". Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
  8. ^ Harold Pinter Theatre. "Mojo the Play". Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
  9. ^ Official London Theatre. "Star laden Mojo extends". Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  10. ^ "Daily Mail Online TV & Showbiz". Retrieved 14 February 2014. 
  11. ^ "Mirror Online". Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  12. ^ Finite Films. "Island". Retrieved 16 April 2011. 
  13. ^ Tailormade Productions. "Island". Retrieved 28 December 2009. 
  14. ^ United Agents. "Colin Morgan". Retrieved 15 January 2010. 
  15. ^ Ripple World. "Parked". Retrieved 11 March 2010. 
  16. ^ IFFMH. "Main Award at Mannheim-Heidelberg Film Festival". Retrieved 25 November 2011. 
  17. ^ BBC ( "Merlin series 5 is the last". Retrieved 26 November 2012. 
  18. ^ National Television Awards. "Winners". Retrieved 23 January 2013. 
  19. ^ "The Kim Newman Web Site". Retrieved 23 January 2009. 
  20. ^ "Colin Morgan in BBC Drama Quirke". Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  21. ^ "Up&Comers". Retrieved 14 February 2014. 
  22. ^ "Mirror Online". Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  23. ^ "Mojo at Harold Pinter Theatre". Retrieved 9 September 2013. 
  24. ^ 56th annual Variety Club Showbiz Awards – Awards Ceremony – Colin Morgan
  25. ^ "49th Monte-Carlo TV Festival Drama TV Series – Outstanding Actor". Retrieved 22 April 2010. 
  26. ^ "Festival de Télévision de Monte-Carlo – 50 – Nominees for Outstanding Actor – Drama TV Series". Retrieved 22 April 2010. 
  27. ^ "Festival de Télévision de Monte-Carlo – 51 – Nominees for Outstanding Actor – Drama TV Series". Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  28. ^ "Virgin Media TV Awards". Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  29. ^ "National TV Awards". Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  30. ^ "Broadway World West End Awards". Retrieved 25 November 2013. 

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