Colin Morgan, February 2011
|Born|| 1 January 1986 |
Armagh, Northern Ireland
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. In November 2010 The Belfast Metropolitan College honoured Morgan with an Award of Distinction for his contribution to the Arts.
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 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.
In film, Morgan appears as Calum in Island, a film adaptation of Jane Rogers' novel Island, and as Cathal in the award winning Irish film Parked.
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).
|2009||Cry Babies||Roger||BBC Radio 4|
|2008||Variety Club Showbiz Awards||Outstanding Newcomer||Merlin in Merlin||Won|
|2009||Monte Carlo TV Festival awards||Outstanding Actor (Drama)||Nominated|
|2010||Monte Carlo TV Festival awards||Outstanding Actor (Drama)||Nominated|
|2011||Monte Carlo TV Festival awards||Outstanding Actor (Drama)||Nominated|
|2012||Virgin Media TV Awards||Best Actor||Won|