Bradley James

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Bradley James
Bradley James by Gage Skidmore.jpg
James in 2016.
Born (1983-10-11) 11 October 1983 (age 33)
Exeter, Devon, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 2008–present

Bradley James (born 11 October 1983[1]) is an English actor. He is best known for portraying Arthur Pendragon (previously Prince Arthur) in the television programme Merlin.

Debuting in 2008, his breakthrough role as Arthur Pendragon in Merlin came later that year. He has since appeared in Homeland and iZombie, and stars as the title character in the television series Damien. His film roles include Carl in Fast Girls in 2012 and Varga in Underworld: Blood Wars.

Early and personal life[edit]

James was born at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital in Exeter, Devon in England. He and his family then moved to Jacksonville, Florida in the United States 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]


Bradley James on Merlin set April 2010

James first appeared in an episode of Lewis in 2008 and also played the part of Ben in the BBC Three drama 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 also 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 in 2012.[5] James and co-star Colin Morgan went on an exploration of Arthurian legends for BBC Wales, The Real Merlin & Arthur, in 2009.[6]

James also guest starred as Edgar in the fourth season of the Emmy Award winning political thriller television series Homeland in 2014.[7]

In 2015, James was cast as a villain in Underworld: Blood Wars.[8] The same year, he appeared in the television series iZombie as recurring character Lowell Tracey, a love interest for main character Liv. The character appears in five episodes before being killed off in episode 9.[9] He starred as main character Damien Thorn on television series Damien, a sequel to the Omen film series. The show debuted in March 2016 and was cancelled amid poor ratings in May 2016.



Year Title Role Notes Refs.
2008 Lewis Jack Roth Series 2, episode 6: "Music to Die For" [10]
2008 Dis/Connected Ben TV movie [11]
2008–2012 Merlin Arthur Pendragon Series 1-5: 65 episodes (main role) [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]
2010 Colin & Bradley's Merlin Quest Himself Short: 13 online episodes [18]
2014 Homeland Lt JG Edgars Season 4, episode 1: "The Drone Queen" [19]
2015 iZombie Lowell Tracey Season 1, episodes 5-13 (recurring role) [20]
2016 Damien Damien Thorn Season 1: 10 episodes (lead role) [21]


Year Title Role Notes Refs.
2012 Fast Girls Carl [22]
2016 Underworld: Blood Wars Varga


  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. ^ "Merlin to cast final spell as creators reveal that current series will be the last". 26 November 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2012. 
  6. ^ "The Real Merlin and Arthur". BBC. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "Bradley James Credited w/Role in 'Homeland' Season 4". 18 June 2014. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  8. ^ Fleming Jr., Mike (9 September 2015). "Bradley James Lands 'Underworld 5' Villain Role". Deadline. Retrieved 10 September 2015. 
  9. ^ Saclao, Christian (23 July 2015). "'iZombie' Creators Regret Killing Off Bradley James' Lowell?". Design & Trend. Retrieved 6 January 2016. 
  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. ^ "Colin & Bradley's Merlin Quest". BBC. Retrieved 29 December 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. 
  22. ^ Reynolds, Simon (4 October 2012). "Bradley James Q&A: 'I enjoyed massaging women's legs on Fast Girls'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 

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