Bradley James

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Bradley James
Bradley James 2015.jpg
Born (1983-10-11) 11 October 1983 (age 32)
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. He also recently starred in The CW's television series iZombie. He will star on the upcoming series Damien on A&E. He is set to play a villain in the upcoming Underworld 5.

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]


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

Bradley James on Merlin set April 2010

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 US; 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 guest starred as Edgar in the fourth season of the Emmy Award winning political thriller television series Homeland, which premiered in fall 2014 on Showtime.[8]

In 2015, James was cast as a villain of Underworld 5.[9]

James also appeared in the 2015 hit series iZombie. He appeared in the fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth episode, being a love interest to the main character.


Year Title Role Notes Refs.
2008 Lewis Jack Roth Episode: "Music to Die For" [10]
2008 Dis/Connected Ben TV movie [11]
2008–2012 Merlin Arthur Pendragon Main cast; 65 episodes [12][13]
2009 Merlin: Secrets and Magic Self Documentary 14 episodes [14]
2009 The Real Merlin and Arthur Self TV Documentary co-starring Colin Morgan [15][16]
2009 Portobello 196 Jude Short [17]
2012 Fast Girls Carl Movie [18]
2014 Homeland Lt JG Edgars TV series [19]
2015 iZombie Lowell Tracey Recurring cast [20]
2015–present Damien Damien Thorn Main cast [21]
2016 Underworld: Next Generation Filming [9]


  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. 
  9. ^ a b Fleming Jr., Mike (9 September 2015). "Bradley James Lands ‘Underworld 5’ Villain Role". Dealine. Retrieved 10 September 2015. 
  10. ^ "Inspector Lewis - Music to Die For". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  11. ^ "BBC THREE:Dis/Connected". BBC Three. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  12. ^ Webb, Claire (5 October 2012). "Bradley James: "Merlin has grown up. We've grown up"". Radio Times. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  13. ^ Dussander, Joe (4 January 2013). "MERLIN’S BRADLEY JAMES SAYS NO TO MOVIE AND SPIN-OFF". ScifiNow. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  14. ^ "BBC THREE: Merlin Secrets and Magic". BBC Three. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  15. ^ "Merlin stars on the Camelot trail". BBC South East Wales. 23 November 2009. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  16. ^ "BBC Two: The Real Merlin and Arthur". Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  17. ^ "Bradley James - Portobello 196". YouTube. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  18. ^ Reynolds, Simon (4 October 2012). "Bradley James Q&A: 'I enjoyed massaging women's legs on Fast Girls'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  19. ^ "Wait... wut? Merlin's Bradley James is in Homeland and we missed it". Digital Spy. 21 July 2014. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  20. ^ "Bradley James from ‘Merlin’ guest stars on ‘iZombie’ season 1, episode 5". Hypable. 14 April 2015. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  21. ^ Harris, Jamie (4 December 2014). "Merlin's Bradley James to star in The Omen TV sequel Damien". Digital Spy. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 

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