Elliot Knight

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Elliot Knight
Born (1990-07-10) 10 July 1990 (age 27)
West Bromwich, West Midlands, UK
Alma mater Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester School of Theatre
Occupation Actor
Years active 2011–present
Known for Sinbad

Elliot Knight is a British actor. He is known for his role as Sinbad in the British television series Sinbad. He portrayed Merlin on the American fantasy television series Once Upon a Time.

Early life and education[edit]

Knight was born in Birmingham, United Kingdom to Stuart and Lorna Knight, who are both teachers.[1] His father works at Broadway Secondary School in Perry Barr, Birmingham.

He was a pupil at King Edward VI Aston School and studied subsequently at the Manchester Metropolitan School of Theatre,[2] where he graduated with a BA (Hon) degree in 2011.[3][4]


In June 2011, Sky1 announced that Knight had won the lead role in the television drama Sinbad which is his first professional role even before graduation from drama school.[3] The series premiered in July 2012.

In 2013, Knight joined the cast of BBC crime drama By Any Means.[5]

In 2015, Knight was cast to play Merlin in the fifth season of Once Upon a Time.[6]

In March 2017, Knight was cast as Wes in the CW pilot Life Sentence opposite Lucy Hale.[7] The series was picked up in May for a midseason premiere some time in 2018.[8][9]


Film and television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2012 Sinbad Sinbad Lead role, 12 episodes
2013 Law & Order: UK Neil Jenkins 1 episode
2013 By Any Means Charlie O' Brien Main role, 6 episodes
2014 How to Get Away with Murder Aiden Walker 2 episodes
2015 Once Upon A Time Merlin Recurring role, 6 episodes
2016 American Gothic Brady Ross Main role
2016 Billionaire Ransom Marsac Film
2016 No Tomorrow Graham 1 episode
2017 400 Boys B-Big
2018 Life Sentence Wes Main role


  1. ^ Roz Loz (8 July 2012). "Brummie actor Elliot Knight sets sail for fame as Sinbad". Sunday Mercury. Retrieved 27 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "Elliot's Sinbad breaks hearts and records". Manchester School of Theatre. 9 July 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Catriona Wightman (17 June 2011). "'Sinbad' cast unveiled by Sky1". Digital Spy. Retrieved 27 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "MMU - Manchester School of Theatre - Elliot Knight". Faculty of Art and Design. 
  5. ^ "Warren Brown, Gina McKee, Elliot Knight to star in BBC1 drama By Any Means". Radio Times. 26 April 2013. 
  6. ^ Patrick Hipes (10 July 2015). "'Once Upon A Time' Castings: Camelot Finds Its Merlin & Guinevere". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 26 June 2016. 
  7. ^ Petski, Denise (March 1, 2017). "Elliot Knight Joins The CW's 'Life Sentence'; Justin Chon in ABC's 'Deception'". Deadline. Retrieved May 25, 2017. 
  8. ^ Petski, Denise (May 10, 2017). "'Black Lightning' & Lucy Hale's 'Life Sentence' Picked Up To Series By The CW". Deadline. Retrieved May 25, 2017. 
  9. ^ Petski, Denise (May 18, 2017). "The CW Fall 2017 Schedule: 'Arrow' Moves To Thursday, 'Jane the Virgin' To Friday". Deadline. Retrieved May 25, 2017. 

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