Colin Morgan

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Colin Morgan

Colin Morgan, February 2011
Born(1986-01-01) 1 January 1986 (age 26)
Armagh, Northern Ireland
Years active2007–present
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Colin Morgan

Colin Morgan, February 2011
Born(1986-01-01) 1 January 1986 (age 26)
Armagh, Northern Ireland
Years active2007–present

Colin Morgan (born 1 January 1986) is an Irish actor from Armagh, Northern Ireland, best known for playing the title character in the BBC TV series Merlin. Morgan went to Integrated College Dungannon and, during his third year, won the 'Denis Rooney Associates' Cup awarded to the best overall student of that academic year. After gaining a National Diploma in Performing Arts (Acting) and studying at Belfast Institute of Further and Higher Education in 2004, he went on to study at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow, from where he graduated in 2007.[1] In November 2010 The Belfast Metropolitan College honoured Morgan with an Award of Distinction for his contribution to the Arts.[2]



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[3] 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.[4]

In film, Morgan appears as Calum in Island,[5][6] a film adaptation of Jane Rogers' novel Island, and as Cathal[7] in the award winning Irish film Parked.[8][9]

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 plays the title role in BBC TV series Merlin, in production since 2008. He, and co-star Bradley James, travelled on an exploration of Arthurian legends for BBC Wales, The Real Merlin & Arthur, in 2009. On 14th 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).[10]


Film and television
2007Catherine Tate Show, TheThe Catherine Tate ShowJohn LearyEpisode: "Christmas Special"
2008Doctor WhoJethro CaneEpisode: "Midnight"
2008-presentMerlinMerlin52+ episodes
2009The Real Merlin and ArthurSelfTV one-off accompanied by Bradley James
2010ParkedCathal O'Regan
2007All About My MotherEstebanOld Vic Theatre
Vernon God LittleVernon LittleYoung Vic Theatre
2008Prayer for My Daughter, AA Prayer for My DaughterJimmyYoung Vic Theatre
2011Our Private LifeCarlosRoyal Court Theatre
2009Cry BabiesRogerBBC Radio 4
Other works
Jack and the BeanstalkArchieRSAMD
Caucasian Chalk Circle, TheThe Caucasian Chalk CircleSingerRSAMD
Tempest, TheThe TempestFerdinandRSAMD
Last SupperYoung Man/ChorusRSAMD
God the Game ShowStewartRSAMD
Bite of the NightFirst Youth/ChorusRSAMD


2008Variety Club Showbiz Awards[11]Outstanding NewcomerMerlin in MerlinWon
2009Monte Carlo TV Festival awards[12]Outstanding Actor (Drama)Nominated
2010Monte Carlo TV Festival awards[13]Outstanding Actor (Drama)Nominated
2011Monte Carlo TV Festival awards[14]Outstanding Actor (Drama)Nominated
2012Virgin Media TV Awards[15]Best ActorWon


  1. ^ BBC. "Merlin: a new 13-part drama series on BBC One". Retrieved 2009-01-02. 
  2. ^ BMC. "Students make it at 'The Met'". Retrieved 2010-11-28. 
  3. ^ "20 Questions With … Colin Morgan". Retrieved 2009-01-02. 
  4. ^ Royal Court Theatre. "Our Private Life". Retrieved 2011-03-15. 
  5. ^ Finite Films. "Island". Retrieved 2011-04-16. 
  6. ^ Tailormade Productions. "Island". Retrieved 2009-12-28. 
  7. ^ United Agents. "Colin Morgan". Retrieved 2010-01-15. 
  8. ^ Ripple World. "Parked". Retrieved 2010-03-11. 
  9. ^ IFFMH. "Main Award at Mannheim-Heidelberg Film Festival". Retrieved 2011-11-25. 
  10. ^ "Official Kim Newman Web Site". Retrieved 2009-01-23. 
  11. ^ 56th annual Variety Club Showbiz Awards - Awards Ceremony - Colin Morgan
  12. ^ "49th Monte-Carlo TV Festival Drama TV Series - Outstanding Actor". Retrieved 22 April 2010. 
  13. ^ "Festival de Télévision de Monte-Carlo - 50 - Nominees for Outstanding Actor - Drama TV Series". Retrieved 22 April 2010. 
  14. ^ "Festival de Télévision de Monte-Carlo - 51 - Nominees for Outstanding Actor - Drama TV Series". Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  15. ^ "Virgin Media TV Awards". Retrieved 20 January 2012. 

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