Bradley is an english actor, and was born on the 11th october 1983 (Libra) in Devon, England, UK.

Bradley has blond hair and blue eyes. He is 5’9″ (1.80 m) and right handed.

He is best known for for portraying the character of Arthur in the BBC fantasy series Merlin.

Bradley James is professionally represented by United Agents.

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Bradley lived for 4 years in the USA when his parents moved to the Beaches, Jacksonville in Florida.

When he was 9 years old he went to Crown Point Elementary School first, then to Fletcher Middle. Before that, he attented Roundstone Preparatory School in Trowbridge, UK.

His childhood dream was to be a footballer but instead he ended up becoming an actor and trained at the Drama Centre London. He graduated with Group 43 in 2007.

As a kid, Bradley used to run in his back garden pretending he was a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle.

As it turned out he followed the acting route and Bradley attended the Drama Centre London which is said to have been very tough on its students but worthwhile. Bradley James claims that he can hold a note due to his Drama School years but he isn’t keen on singing in front of people, not being for karaoke with friends.

He got a few small jobs after leaving the DCL intensech as Dis/connected and Lewis but his big break was on Merlin playing the character of Prince Arthur. He, himself, has claimed to love the job he does and the people he works with.

Bradley was eager to take on the role of Arthur in Merlin because as a spoilt, boorish and over-protected teenager, he represents everything Bradley is not. He once asked if he could stay overnight and sleep in the 4 poster bed in the studio sets of Merlin but he wasn’t allowed for security reasons. He also explained he got injured while filming Merlin on an almost daily basis due to the big amount of fight scenes. But being the sports fanatic he deeply enjoy working on Merlin where he takes part in sword fight, fencing tournaments and does a lot of horse riding. He watched Gladiator and 300 to prepare for his action scenes.

The beginning of Bradley James

Bradley James has made his breaktrough in 2008 when he was chosen for the role of the young prince Arthur in the fantasy BBC series; Merlin.

He has taken on several television roles and could be seen as listen below;

  • In 2008 Bradley James could be seen in TV Series Lewis; Music To Die For as Jack Roth
  • He also starred at TV Series Dis/Connectedas Ben
  • This was also the year he was cast in Merlin as Arthur Pendragon and appeared at Children in Need as Arthur Pendragon.
  • In 2009 Bradley James appeared in Portobello 196 by Diana Buzzo as Jude
  • He also appeared in another episode of Children in Need as Arthur Pendragon.
  • Along with the mini series; Merlin secrets and magic as himself.
  • In 2012 Bradley was cast for the movie; Fast Girlsby Regan Hall as the character Carl.


  • Virgin Media TV Award in the category of Hottest Male for his role of Arthur in Merlin, December 2011.
  • National TV Awards 2012, in the category of Best Drama Performance for his role of Arthur in Merlin.
  • National TV Awards 2010, in the category of Best Drama Performance for his role of Arthur in Merlin.
  • 50th Monte Carlo Television Festival in the category of Outstanding Actors/Drama for his role of Arthur in Merlin, Monaco June 2010.


  • 2011 Virgin Media TV Award in the category of Hottest Male for his role of Arthur in Merlin.

2012 Public Appearances:

December 20th, 2012: Wicked Musical Annual Media Night, Apollo Victoria Theatre, London.

November 22nd, 2012: But I CD Only Whisper, Arcola Theatre, London.

October 21st, 2012: T4.

October 17th, 2012: Loserville musical, Garrick Theatre, London, UK.

August 11th, 2012: Olympic Games, London, UK.

June 2nd, 2012: Celebrity Soccer Six 2012, Burnley Football Club, Burnley.

May 20th, 2012: Soccer Six tournament, West Ham United FC, Upton Park, Newham, London.

March 17th, 2012: Rugby world championship 6 Nations Grand Slam final at Cardiff Stadium, Wales.

January 25th, 2012: National Television Awards, O2 Arena, London.

January 14th, 2012: I Think, Therefore filming at Leadenhall Market, London.

January 12th, 2012: Hamlet production starring Michael Sheen at the Young Vic in Southwark/London with Merlin co-star Colin Morgan.

2011 Public Appearances:

December 21st, 2011: Fast Girls wrap party.

December 20th, 2011: BBC Radio Ulster with Merlin co-star Colin Morgan.

December 19th, 2011: the Andy Potter Show on BBC Radio Derby with Merlin co-star Colin Morgan.

December 19th, 2011: BBC Radio Gloucestershire with Merlin co-star Colin Morgan.

December 19th, 2011: the Jamie Owen and Louise Elliot Show on BBC Radio Wales with Merlin co-star Colin Morgan.

December 3rd, 2011: Fast Girls filming, Crystal Palace Sports Centre, London.

November 26th, 2011: ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena, London.

September 15th, 2011: London BFI Southbank Merlin Season 4EP1 Preview and Q&A with Angel Coulby, Katie McGrath and Executive Producers Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy.

August 13th, 2011: Wales vs England rugby World Cup warm-up game, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, UK.

August 12th, 2011: Empire Big Screen TV Showcase, O2 arena, London with Merlin Executive Producer Johnny Capps and show writer Julian Jones.

July 24th, 2011: San Diego Comic Con Merlin Panel with Anthony Head, Colin Morgan and Katie McGrath.

July 2nd, 2011: Merlin panel at the Comic Con Expo in Paris with Colin Morgan, Katie McGrath and show writer Julian Jones.

June 5th, 2011: Celebrity Soccer Six, Burnley Stadium, Lancashire.

May 29th, 2011: The Big Match 2011, Charity football match in aid of the UHNS Paediatric ICU at Stoke City’s Britannia Stadium.

May 21st, 2011: Arts Legends Weekend football match, London.

April 2011: Football match with intenselly FC U12s.

April 9th, 2011: Merlin panel at the Kapow Comic Con, London with Colin Morgan, Katie McGrath, Angel Coulby and Executive Producer Johnny Capps.

March 26th 2011: England vs Wales European Championship Qualifying match at the Millenium Stadium, Cardiff, UK.

2010 Public Appearances:

November 26th 2010: ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 arena, London with Rupert Young.

September 10th 2010: interview with Angel Coulby, Katie McGrath and Anthony Head.

September 9th 2010: BBC One Show with Colin Morgan.

September 6th 2010: Bernie Keith Radio Show (BBC Northampton) with Anthony Head.

September 6th 2010: MacAulay and Co (BBC Radio Scotland) with Anthony Head. September 6th 2010: BBC 1 Breakfast with Anthony Head.

September 5th 2010: BFI Southbank Merlin Season 3EP1 and Season 3EP2 Preview and Q&A with Merlin main cast and producers.

September 2nd 2010: The Wales Show on ITV.

May 23rd 2010: Bafta Cymru Awards at the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff.

May 15th 2010: Arts Legends Weekend football match, London.

May 1st 2010: United Sports Relief charity match at Old Trafford, Manchester, England.

2009 Public Appearances:

December 8th, 2009: WH Smith book signing, Thurrock Lakeside Shopping Centre, Essex with Colin Morgan.

December 4th, 2009: Live At The Apollo.

December 2nd, 2009: The Paul O’Grady Show with Colin Morgan.

November 21st, 2009: Inside the World of Merlin with Bafta, Barbican Centre, London with Colin Morgan, Katie McGrath and Merlin crew.

November 20th, 2009: Children In Need appeal with Merlin cast.

November 12th, 2009: Cardiff Xmas Wonderland Switchon with Merlin cast.

November 8th, 2009: Stars United For Disability Tournament at ‘X-Box Powerleague Soccerdome’ in Manchester.

November 5th, 2009: A Night Less Ordinary at London’s Tricycle Theatre.

October 31st, 2009: Forbidden Planet Megastore London with Angel Coulby.

October 30th, 2009: Roy Noble BBC Radio Wales with Colin Morgan.

October 29th, 2009: Live at the Apollo.

September 19th, 2009: BBC 1 Breakfast with Colin Morgan.

September 19th, 2009: Jonathan Ross (BBC Radio 2) with Colin Morgan.

September 19th, 2009: Vernon Kay (BBC Radio 1) with Colin Morgan.

September 18th, 2009: George Lamb (BBC Radio 6) with Anthony Head.

September 6th, 2009: T4 with Colin Morgan and Katie McGrath.

September 6th, 2009: BFI Merlin S2EP1 Preview and Q&A with Merlin main cast and producers.

August 2009: Five-a-side football tourney, Gol Centre, Cardiff. Merlin cast and Gavin&Stacey cast.

May 24th, 2009: Celebrity Soccer Six with Santiago Cabrera.

May 23rd, 2009: London MCM Expo Merlin Panel with Merlin cast and crew.

February 20th, 2009: GMTV with Colin Morgan.

January 21st, 2009: Radio Times Cover Party with Colin Morgan.

2008 Public Appearances:

December 5th, 2008: Live at the Apollo.

November 28th, 2008: Live at the Apollo.

November 14th, 2008: Children In Need appeal with Merlin cast.

November 9th, 2009: Something for the Weekend BBC2 with Colin Morgan.

November 8th, 2008: The National Lottery with Angel Coulby.

November 1st, 2008: Strictly Come Dancing (as audience).

October 25th, 2008: London MCM Expo Merlin Panel with Merlin cast and crew.

October 25th, 2008: BBC Radio 5.

2007 Public Appearances:

Dis/Connected after party.

About the parts he’d choose to perform on stage;

In typical actor fashion there’s a number of Shakespeare parts that people have written down in their mind. Straight away I think Mercutio, love to give that a go and Richard III at some stage but you know, I’ll have to get a few years behind me but Richard III will be a lot of fun to play. There’s numerous roles which I’ve seen people perform and been very jealous of and: ‘I wanna do that, get off the stage, give me the part’. So hopefully in years to come I’ll get the opportunity to do that.

About his earlies memory from the theathre;

My earliest memory from the theatre was going to see a pantomime in Bath and Aladdin said something like: ‘Oh, what’s in that cave?’ or something and: ‘I’m a bit scared. I don’t want to go in.’ And the audience was really quiet. And a little voice that belonged to a four year old went: ‘I’ll go in there!’ And everyone turned round to the little voice and my parents intenseddenly looked down to see me, jumping up and down: ‘I’ll go in there!’ And I shouted out loud at a pantomime. And I’d honestly been that sort of engrossed in the performance in the world that they’d created that I felt the need to rescue Aladdin from his peril and help him out by going in the dark cave.

About performing on stage;

The idea of the audience and the cast sort of giving that energy back and forth makes it a very interactive experience because you can’t really do that when you’re watching something on screen because the performance’s already been given, the energy levels have been set and it won’t alter with regards to how the audience feels about it. When you’re here, the atmosphere that theatre creates is all around you it’s just something… magical.

About having being voted ‘Hottie of the Week’ by MTV watchers;

It has very little effect on my life, it was very flattering. I look like my Mum so I said: ‘Mum, there you go, the gene pool is top trumps’.

About his mother;

My mum plays her cards very close to her chest, but she hasn’t been able to do that very well with this show. Every time I get home, she’ll go: ‘Do you have the next episode for me yet?’ So I guess there are a few signs of pride there. (OK maganize, Sept 15, 2009)

About the most challenging scene in Merlin season 2;

The most important scene for Arthur in this series is a brief encounter that involves his mother, who’s dead. I have a very strong relationship with my mother, she’s been both my parents at once for years, and she’s been an inspiration. (OK maganize, Sept 15, 2009)

About starring on a prime time Saturday night show;

I went out with some of my friends recently, with a lad we don’t normally spend so much time with, and the novelty was still there for him. There was a girl looking over, going: ‘There’s that guy from Robin Hood,’ which I get sometimes. My friend who hadn’t witnessed much of this before got a little bit too excited – ‘That girl has spotted you!’ – and I realised that was step one, and most of my friends have moved on from that and are very blasé about the whole thing, which they should be. I haven’t changed. (OK maganize, Sept 15, 2009)

About Internet popularity;

A popular question for lots of actors is: ‘Do you Google yourself?’ When the show started, I had a look at some of the things that were out there, and I quickly realised that it was a bad idea, so I’ve since been avoiding the Internet like the plague. People say some very kind things, like: ‘You’re a great actor,’ for example. But these are people who have gone out of their way to write something about you, so they’re extreme views! (OK maganize, Sept 15, 2009)

About feeling homesick when filming in France for Merlin;

The longest we’ve done in France is six weeks, and I’ll admit the novelty wears off after a while. I just want to go home and I personally miss vegetables and milk, as they don’t seem to have them in France, it’s all meat, wine, cheese and bread. I drink a lot of milk, and they don’t do decent milk in France, it’s all powdered rubbish. Five weeks without milk and I’m on edge! (OK maganize, Sept 15, 2009)

About filming in France for Merlin;

It’s a perk to go and experience another culture, albeit the one next door. It’s a very nice aspect of the job that you get to travel to France three times a year and spend some time out there. They look after us very well. And then we have the castle itself [Pierrefonds], which is the main event. When we all first saw it, we were amazed by it. It creates the world for you so well that it almost makes you become a bit lazy, because you don’t have to do that imaginary work in a studio… it’s all there for you. (OK maganize, Sept 15, 2009)

About his role of Arthur in Merlin;

Generic nice guys bore me to tears! I don’t see why anybody would want to see just people being nice. Arthur has so many flaws that he has to go through a series of lessons to become the man that we know he’s going to become. It’s still a learning game for Arthur at the moment, before he becomes the man of legend. I love the fact that audiences are about to go on that journey with me. (OK maganize, Sept 15, 2009)

About the Arthurian legend and how it’s reflected in Merlin;

I’d seen various films over the years. You kind of grow up aware of the legend, but I don’t think there’s been a definitive telling of the story. I think we’re providing a bit of Saturday night escapism, so it’s a different angle. I don’t think we’re telling a definitive tale either. We’ve just come in and just kiboshed a lot of the ideas and mixed it up a bit! (OK maganize, Sept 15, 2009)

Bradley James: (About getting his role of Arthur in Merlin);

As an actor, when you go for auditions, there are certain roles that come along and you think, I really want that one, and Prince Arthur was definitely one of those. I remember the last audition I did was this workshop where they had lots of Arthurs there, and me looking at each one thinking they weren’t right for the part, because they weren’t me! (OK maganize, Sept 15, 2009)

about Arthur and Merlin’s relationship;

They fall out straight away when Merlin doesn’t take too kindly to the way Arthur is treating a servant. Arthur tends to use brute force and ignorance to get what he wants. His privileged upbringing has an effect on his personality. When you grow up with people deferring to you it has an impact on the way you behave. But Merlin is a catalyst for a change in his behaviour. He sees in Merlin a lot more than he judges at first and it helps him realise the kind of man he could become.

about why he was casted for the role of Arthur in Merlin;

The workload has been very intense. The sword work was the thing I enjoyed the most. They were the most fun sequences. I think that’s why they hired me. I look like I can run fast and swing a sword around with conviction. On the first day I found myself holding a sword with Will Mellor charging at me like a maniac. It was like being thrown in at the deep end.

about Merlin’s approach on the role of Arthur;

No one is going to like him to begin with. It’s a long journey for him to make to become the Arthur that is so familiar to us. Arthur’s troubled past has made him a proud and emotionally repressed young man. He is a teenager encroaching on adulthood. He’s grown up without a mother and he’s never had an outlet for his emotions so he is keeping a lot within himself. He will be King one day. So he would not dare allow his friends to see a weaker side. He’s expected to be a pillar of strength. There’s a stubbornness that comes with that and as a reintenselt he is not able to sympathise with other people.

about working with Anthony Head;

I saw him and my jaw dropped and I said something like, ‘what the hell is he doing here?’ And they said, ‘oh, he’s playing your father,’ and at that point I was just like, wow. That is pretty ridiculous. And I went over to him and said, ‘if I mess up a lot a lot of the words I’m intensepposed to say in the first few conversations, I’m a Buffy fan. But keep that quiet. (Laughs) So yeah, I was quite pleased to see him there on the first day. And it’s been terrific working with him.

about his role of Arthur;

I actually feel quite guilty cause I am sort of the one who gets to have all the fun. Colin sort gets to stand there, hold his hand out and go ‘wooo’. I got a sword and get totally play around with it all day.

about the first time he met Colin Morgan;

When I first met Colin I… I couldn’t understand what he was saying. It was purely because I wasn’t used to his accent and, and also he’s got this very… you wouldn’t think when you look at him, this very dark sense of humor you don’t know about it.

about working on Merlin;

I thought it would be a lot of fun and I haven’t been disappointed, particularly the swordfights. It’s like when you were a kid, with a plastic sword, pretending to be a “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle.” It’s a dream.

About his eating habits;

I’m quite simple with my food taste. If I was going to a restaurant, I’d probably order steak with some vegetables. And… you know? Keep it simple.

about shooting stuff that will be filled in with CGI;

It’s not scary at all being chased by well… well, it’s a little… amusing being chased by ping pong balls. Anyway, erm… so you kinda have to have quite an active imagination, you know? Just to throw yourself out there mentally.

about the public’s reaction to Merlin;

From what I’ve been witness to, everyone seems to be very positive about it. Nobody hesitates about saying how much they’re enjoying it, so I think it’s going quite well. But there’s still the rest of the series to go, so it could all go wrong!

about the possibility of a second series for Merlin;

I think things look very positive. We seem to be getting fans and as long as there’s that demand to produce the show, I hope it will work out. I personally would love to do it, given a rest first!

About his injuries contained during Merlin filming;

I managed to pick up a bruise most days. I still have a couple of scratches on my arm from Will Mellor. It makes you feel like you are a big warrior hero intenseffering for his art.

about attending London’s MCM Expo;

I was intenserprised so many people were there to see us.

about learning to use a sword;

I learned on the job from the brilliant stunt director Andreas Petrides. He was fantastic. He made the whole thing quite easy.

about his character of Arthur on Merlin;

One of the appeals of playing him is that he is not really perfect. He is not a noble figure to begin with. He is not a so-called hero, and he is not good for the sake of being good. There are flaws to him.

According to Bradley he looks like his mother.

Bradley has two sisters, an older one called Natalie and a younger one called Stephanie. And is with this the middle child.

In contrary to Colin, Bradley does not cook. He loves steak and has no known allergies.

Bradley James is a massive fan of football and participates in charity football events.

Bradley James´s favorites:

Music: The Beatles, David Bowie, Michael Jackson.
Movies: The Labyrinth, The Goonies, The James Bond series, The Warriors and The Uintenseal intensespects.
TV: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Heroes, Wallander, Gavin & Stacey, Doctor Who, Life (the David Attenborough nature series), X Factor, Total Wipeout, Skins and intensemmer Heights High.
Actors: Will Ferrell, Alex Britton.
Sport: Football, ping pong, athletics and cricket.
Football club: Arsenal.
American football team: Miami Dolphins.
Food: Steak with vegetables.
Colour: Blue.
Ninja Turtle: Raphael.
Random: The smell of petrol.

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