Bradley James

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Bradley James
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James in 2016
Bradley James

(1983-10-11) 11 October 1983 (age 35)
Exeter, Devon, England
ResidenceLondon, UK
Years active2008-present

Bradley James (born 11 October 1983) is an English actor best known for portraying Arthur Pendragon in the BBC TV series Merlin.

Early and personal life[edit]

James was born in Exeter, Devon, England. He and his family then moved to Jacksonville, Florida, in the United States when he was nine.[1] During his time there, he attended elementary and middle school, before returning to England to attend Madeley High School in Madeley, England.[2]


James on Merlin set, April 2010

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

His breakthrough came in 2008 when he was cast as Prince Arthur, who later becomes the legendary King Arthur, in the BBC One fantasy TV series Merlin. The show was a consistent hit series in the US; its first season was shown on the broadcast network NBC and its second, third, fourth, and fifth seasons on NBC's affiliate cable network Syfy. Merlin ended its 5-year run in 2012.[3] James and co-star Colin Morgan went on an exploration of Arthurian legends for BBC Wales, The Real Merlin & Arthur, in 2009.[4]

James also guest-starred as Edgar in the fourth season of the Emmy Award winning political thriller television series Homeland in 2014.[5]

In 2015, James was cast as a villain in Underworld: Blood Wars.[6] The same year, he appeared in the television series iZombie as recurring character Lowell Tracey, a love interest for main character Liv.[7] He starred as title character Damien Thorn on television series Damien, a sequel to the Omen film series. The show debuted in March 2016 but was cancelled after one season.



Year Title Role Notes
2012 Fast Girls Carl
2016 Underworld: Blood Wars Varga
2019 The Courier Tom Dunbar [8]


Year Title Role Notes
2008 Lewis Jack Roth "Music to Die For"
2008 Dis/Connected Ben TV film[9]
2008–2012 Merlin Arthur Pendragon Main role[10][11]
2009 Children in Need Arthur "1.30"
2014 Homeland J.G. Edgars "The Drone Queen"[12]
2015 iZombie Lowell Tracey Recurring role[13]
2016 Damien Damien Thorn Lead role[14]
2017 Bounty Hunters Webb Sherman, Keegan Sherman Main Role[15]
2018 Medici: Masters of Florence Giuliano de' Medici Main role (season 2)[16]
2018 The Liberator Felix Sparks Lead role [17]


  1. ^ "Bradley James". Retrieved 2017-09-07.
  2. ^ "Syfy's 'Merlin' star has Jacksonville connections".
  3. ^ "Merlin to cast final spell as creators reveal that current series will be the last". 26 November 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2012.
  4. ^ "The Real Merlin and Arthur". BBC. Retrieved 4 January 2013.
  5. ^ "Bradley James Credited w/Role in 'Homeland' Season 4". 18 June 2014. Archived from the original on 25 December 2015. Retrieved 19 June 2014.
  6. ^ Fleming Jr., Mike (9 September 2015). "Bradley James Lands 'Underworld 5' Villain Role". Deadline. Retrieved 10 September 2015.
  7. ^ Saclao, Christian (23 July 2015). "'iZombie' Creators Regret Killing Off Bradley James' Lowell?". Design & Trend. Archived from the original on 15 December 2016. Retrieved 6 January 2016.
  8. ^ "This is First Lieutenant Tom Dunbar of the U.S.Army Air Force & he won't be leaving a tip for the service". Bradley James' Instagram. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  9. ^ "BBC THREE:Dis/Connected". BBC Three. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  10. ^ Webb, Claire (5 October 2012). "Bradley James: "Merlin has grown up. We've grown up"". Radio Times. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  11. ^ Dussander, Joe (4 January 2013). "MERLIN'S BRADLEY JAMES SAYS NO TO MOVIE AND SPIN-OFF". ScifiNow. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  12. ^ "Wait... wut? Merlin's Bradley James is in Homeland and we missed it". Digital Spy. 21 July 2014. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  13. ^ "Bradley James from 'Merlin' guest stars on 'iZombie' season 1, episode 5". Hypable. 14 April 2015. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  14. ^ Harris, Jamie (4 December 2014). "Merlin's Bradley James to star in The Omen TV sequel Damien". Digital Spy. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  15. ^ "Bounty Hunters (TV Series 2017– )". IMDb.
  16. ^ Clarke, Stewart (10 August 2017). "Daniel Sharman and Bradley James Join Netflix's 'Medici' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  17. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (22 January 2019). "'The Liberator': Bradley James To Star In Netflix's Animated World War II Drama Series". Deadline. Retrieved 26 January 2019.

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