Colin Morgan was born on January 1, 1986 (Capricorn) in Northern Ireland, Armagh.

Colin is 6′ (1.83 m), has blue eyes and dark hair and is right handed.

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

Colin Morgan is professionally represented by United Agents.

For images check out the Colin Morgan Image Galleries.

Colin Morgan explained that as long as he can remember he has always wanted to become an actor.
Purintenseing his interests in the performing arts, he gained his National Diploma in Performing Arts at Belfast Institute of Further & Higher Education in 2004.
Later on, he graduated from the prestigious Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in 2007.

Colin Morgan began his career on the stage, appearing on an Old Vic adaptation of Pedro Almodovar’s Todo sobre mi madre. He later took on the title role in the Young Vic stage production of DBC Pierre’s Vernon God Little.
Colin Morgan has taken on roles on several television shows as well;

2007

Colin was seen on the Christmas special episode of The Catherine Tate Show. He played the character John Leary; a young homosexual male who stands up for his sexuality.

Colin also starred in; Mark M. and Mark C.’s short film Ireland’s Greatest Chef.

2008

He was in the Doctor Who episode “ Midnight ” and the Dr. Who confidential episode, where he portrayed the character Jethro Cane, before he landed a part that shot him to fame. He was cast as the title role in the BBC TV series Merlin, for his role in Merlin, Morgan was awarded the Caron Keating Outstanding Newcomer Award from the Variety Club Showbiz Awards.

Colin also appeared for the first time for Children in Need, portraying his character Merlin.

2009

2009 Children in need, charity raising as Merlin
2009 Merlin Secrets and Magic as himself
In 2009 Morgan has also got involved in radio, and made his debut in Cry Babiesby Kim Newman on BBC Radio 4.

2010

2010 Children in need, charity raising as Merlin
In 2010 Colin was to be seen on the big screen in the movie “Parked”, together with Colm Meaney. Colin played the character Cathal O’Regan , an addicted troubled youngster, who had ran away from home after he could no longer stay with his father.

2011

In 2011 Colin appeared again; this time in the movie “Island”. Where he played a character named Calum.

2012

Photoshoots: March 2012, The Lady magazine’s A Love Letter to Vintage S tyle, Brooklands Museum, London.

2013

In 2013 Colin Morgan joined the crew of the Globe Theatre and starred in the new performance of the Tempest as the spirit Ariel.

Later in 2013 Colin Morgan joined the new production of the play Mojo @ The Pinter Theatre. He plays the role of Skinny against Ben Wishaw’s Baby.

Nominations:

  • National TV Awards 2010, in the category of Best Drama Performance for his role of Merlin in Merlin.
  • 2010 TV Choice Awards in the category of Best Actor for his role of Merlin in Merlin.
  • 50th Monte Carlo Television Festival in the category of Outstanding Actors/Drama for his role of Merlin Monaco June 2010.
  • 49th Monte Carlo Television Festival in the category of Best Actor for his role of Merlin in Merlin, Monaco June 2009.
  • NTA (National Television Awards) in the category of Best Drama Performance for his role of Merlin in Merlin.
  • Whatsonstage.com Theatregoers’ Choice Awards in the category of Newcomer of the Year for his stage roles in Vernon God Little and All About My Mother.

Awards:

  • 2013 NTA (National Television Awards) in the category of Best Drama Performance for his role of Merlin in Merlin.
  • 2010 Nov 12th; Belfast Metropolitan College distinction for his contribution to the arts.
  • 2008; Variety Club Showbiz Award in the category of Caron Keating Outstanding New Talent for his role of Merlin in BBC Series Merlin.

2012 Public Appearances:

December 13th, 2012: English National Ballet Christmas Party, Markova House, London.

December 9th, 2012: The 24 Hour Musicals, Step In Time, Old Vic Theatre, London.

November 12th, 2012: ATP Tour Finals, O2 Arena, London.

November 3rd, 2012: The Cold Convention, Thistle City Hotel Barbican, London, UK.

October 26th, 2012: BBC One Breakfast Show.

October 24th, 2012: BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show.

October 24th, 2012: Hot Radio 102.8.

October 23rd, 2012: Insight Radio’s Morning Mix.

October 23rd, 2012: 96.5 Bolton FM radio.

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

July 15th, 2012 Comic-Con International with Katie McGrath, Julian Murphy and Johnny Capps,

April 14th, 2012: Titanic Commemoration Concert, BBC Two and BBC Northern Ireland.

February 11th, 2012: The 9th Annual Irish Film & Television Awards, Convention Centre Dublin, Ireland.

January 31st, 2012: The Daily Show.

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

January 12th, 2012: Hamlet production at the Young Vic in Southwark/London with Bradley James.

2011 Public Appearances:

December 20th, 2011: BBC Radio Ulster with Merlin co-star Bradley James.

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

December 19th, 2011: BBC Radio Gloucestershire with Merlin co-star Bradley James.

December 19th, 2011: the Jamie Owen and Louise Elliot Show on BBC Radio Wales

November 25th, 2011: Parked Q&A at the Apollo Cinema, Piccadilly Circus, London, UK.

November 20th, 2011: Parked Q&A at the International Filmfestival Mannheim/Heidelberg in Germany.

November 19th, 2011: Parked Q&A at the International Filmfestival Mannheim/Heidelberg in Germany.

November 18th, 2011: Parked Northern Irish premiere at The Takeover Film Festival, Belfast, UK.

November 17th, 2011: As If I Am Not There, Princess Anne Theatre at BAFTA HQ, London.

November 16th, 2011: Death Cab For Cutie show, Hammersmith Apollo Theatre, London.

November 15th, 2011: The Cure concert at the Royal Albert Hall, London, UK.

November 7th, 2011: Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Brisbane, Australia.

November 5th-6th, 2011: intensepanova Expo, Brisbane, Australia.

November 5th, 2011: Ten News, Channel Ten, Australia.

November 4th, 2011: The Circle, Channel Ten, Australia

November 4th, 2011: Brisbane Botanic Gardens, The Project, Channel Ten, Australia.

November 4th, 2011: intensenday Showbiz, Channel Ten, Australia.

October 14th, 2011: The Late Late Show, RTE Studios, Dublin, Ireland.

October 1st, 2011: BBC Breakfast with Merlin co-stars

September 25th, 2011: Something For The Weekend BBC2 with Angel Coulby.

September 15th, 2011: London BFI Southbank Merlin Season 4

August 6th, 2011: Merlin wax figure unveiling event at Warwick Castle, Warwick, England.

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

July 9th, 2011: The Pride play at The Crucible, London.

July 7th, 2011: Death Cab For Cutie concert at the O2 Academy Brixton, London..

July 2nd, 2011: Merlin panel at the Comic Con Expo in Paris

June 25th, 2011: Parked screening, Brussels Film Festival.

June 4th, 2011: American Trade play (as audience) at Hampstead Theatre, London.

April 9th, 2011: Merlin panel at the Kapow Comic Con, London with the cast of the show

March 26th, 2011: Interviewing potential dragonologists for ‘ The Dragon Tower ‘ event at Warwick Castle,

February 20th, 2011: Island Premiere at the Glasgow Film Festival, Glasgow, UK.

2010 Public Appearances:

Colin was voted Geeky Girls love Scifi’s October Man of the Month’ in 2010.

On November 2010 Colin was featured as in The Belfast Telegraph’s list of the 25 most eligible single males in the Northern Ireland.

December 2nd 2010: Parked Premiere at the Torino Film Festival, Torino, Italy.

September 9th 2010: BBC One Show with Bradley James.

September 5th 2010: BFI Southbank Merlin Season 3EP1 and Season 3EP2 Preview

and Q&A with Merlin main cast and producers.

July 25th 2010: San Diego Comic Con Merlin Panel with Anthony Head, Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy.

July 24th 2010: SyFy/EW Party, San Diego

May 29th 2010: London MCM Expo Merlin Panel with Angel Coulby, Katie McGrath and Johnny Capps.

February 26th 2010: Six Degrees of Separation, Old Vic Theatre, London.

January 26th 2010: The Lovely Bones movie premiere, Savoy Cinema, Dublin.

2009 Public Appearances:

Since October 2009 Colin Morgan is an official ambassador for the A Night Less Ordinary scheme

by which Arts Council England in association with Metro offers free theatre tickets to anyone under 26.

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

December 2nd 2009: The Paul O’Grady Show with Bradley James.

November 21st 2009: Inside the World of Merlin with Bafta, Barbican Centre, London with Bradley James, 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

October 30th 2009: Roy Noble BBC Radio Wales with Bradley James.

October 22nd 2009: A Night Less Ordinary at Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, London

September 19th 2009: BBC 1 Breakfast with Bradley James.

September 19th 2009: Jonathan Ross (BBC Radio 2) with Bradley James.

September 19th 2009: Vernon Kay (BBC Radio 1) with Bradley James.

September 18th 2009: BBC Radio 1Xtra with Angel Coulby.

September 6th 2009: T4 with Bradley James and Katie McGrath.

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

July 11th 2009: Oxegen 2009 with Katie McGrath.

May 23rd 2009: London MCM Expo Merlin Panel with Merlin young cast members and producer

February 20th 2009: GMTV with Bradley James.

February 14th 2009: Irish Film and Television Awards with Katie McGrath.

January 21st 2009: Radio Times Cover Party with Bradley James.

2008 Public Appearances:

On November 16th 2008 Colin Morgan (Merlin) arrives at the 56th annual Variety Club Showbiz Awards at Grosvenor Hotel in London

December 17th 2008: Paul O’Grady Panto.

November 14th 2008: Go Belfast Awards, Europa Hotel, Belfast.

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

November 9th 2008: Something for the Weekend BBC2 with Bradley James.

October 25th 2008: London MCM Expo Merlin Panel with Merlin cast and crew. November 2008: Clown Doctors.

September 2008: Belfast Telegraph.

February 2008: Jo Whiley (BBC Radio 1).

2007 Public Appearances:

5 oktober 2007 Vernon God Little after party.

About his audition for You’re A Star;

“I was turned down but it’s not the end of the world. I’m going to try and make it on stage one day.”

About the difference between tv and stage;

“The big difference I think between tv and stage is definitely the immediate buzz that you get. And that’s not just as an actor, as an audience member you’re getting the chance to have this kind of two-way process where the actors and the audience are experiencing the same thing. With tv you often have to wait months and months down the line to actually get the pay-off. Whereas with theatre it’s a very immediate thing.”

About his earliest memory from theatre;

“Probably my first memory of theatre, the first one I guess that had an impact on me was when I saw my very first panto with my Primary School. I think just going there and experience that for the first time, being so young, it’s something that’s actually stuck with me right up until now. And to think back and to sort of remember that magic and that first little hint of it was brilliant.”

About changing his Irish accent for his role in Merlin;

“I was using my own accent for all the auditions and at the last stage they were like, ‘Well, we want to try you with an English accent’. And I think it was a good decision in the end, because I think it’s quite a bold decision already to do a show about a young Merlin, and a young Arthur, so making Merlin from Northern Ireland as well was probably pushing the boat out a bit far. – Belfast Telegraph, September 26 2009.”

About his roots keeping him grounded;

“I haven’t been back home for a while but after Merlin is finished filming in three weeks time I intend to come over to see my family. The great thing about the people back home is that you’ll never get above yourself. Not when you have people shouting ‘Merlin, tell us your secret’ at you in the street. – Belfast Telegraph, September 26 2009.”

About Merlin;

“I think Merlin is so popular because it mixes humour and charm. The kids like the slapstick, while the darker undercurrents appeal to the adults. There are also a lot of morals in there too about friendship and loyalty. – Belfast Telegraph, September 26 2009.”

About working with Mackenzie Crook in Merlin;

“Mackenzie was brilliant to work with. When we were filming our close-ups, he would throw in a few things that he hadn’t done before, just to get me more annoyed with his character. – Belfast Telegraph, September 26 2009.”

About Merlin series 2;

“We’re delighted to be back, bigger and bolder than before. This series we have some great guest stars and the special effects are pretty amazing too. And yes, there is a love interest for Merlin, which is about time too, but that’s all I can say. I can’t give too much away about it, but there is some romance in line for him. – Belfast Telegraph, September 26 2009.”

about some risky scenes he’s filmed without a stunt in Merlin;

“During filming I was asked to do some pretty outrageous stuff. Last week, for instance, I had to run full pelt into a freezing cold lake to rescue Arthur in the rain.”

about his character in Merlin;

“When he [Merlin] first enters Camelot, Merlin is a loose cannon. He has this natural ability which he is aware of. He has the ability to do magic but he can’t control it, it just happens. He believes he will be quite safe in that environment, that he will able to use his powers in a free way. But when he enters Camelot he sees someone die for using magic so it becomes clear that using his God-given gift is a no go. And that’s a big shock to him. A lot of the story deals with Merlin keeping his power a secret, even as he uses it to deal with situations.”

about his early inclination to become an actor;

“From when I was really young one of the first things I did was to perform and do shows. It was like a natural instinct.”

upon learning he had been cast as Merlin;

“When they told me I’d been cast I was ridiculously delighted. I ran around my flat screaming”

on almost quitting acting;

“I was planning on travelling but all of my friends were auditioning for something so I thought I’d do it for the experience.”

on the best and worst things about living in London;

“I love that entertainment scene. You can do anything in this city. You can’t get bored. I don’t like the crowds though. I get really frustrated with them. But the stupid thing is, everyone in the crowd is frustrated.”

about his childhood likes;

“Even when I was really young I wanted to perform and do shows. I also had this fascination with magic. I was doing magic tricks when I was three. If I ever saw magic on television I would say: ‘I want that. That’s what I want from Santa Claus’. So the cupboard in my bedroom was full of boxes of magic tricks, cups and balls, cards and foam rabbits, all sorts of stuff.”

on Merlin;

“I think when we started, I knew as much about the legend as anybody. The basic sword-and-stone story, stuff like that, and of course everyone has this image of Merlin being this old guy with a beard! I’ve since been reading up quite a lot on Arthurian legend and there’s quite a big gap missing in Merlin’s life, the time when he was growing up. Why wasn’t that documented? This show explores one possibility.”

on his similarities with Merlin;

“I’m extremely enthusiastic and Merlin is like that. He gets involved in every challenge and always gives 100 per cent.”

about being famous;

“One of the most important things is to remind yourself of where you are from and be thankful. I don’t for a second take anything for granted. That’s a good way to start your day.”

about working with the green screen;

“Screen work is more unnerving, because the end reintenselt is so far down the line; you’re never quite intensere you’ve got it completely right.”

if he had one wish?;

“I’d like to see what it’s like to be inside the head of Tim Burton. The guy just fascinates me. I’m a fan of most of his films and also his book, The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy. He has intensech an interesting perspective on things.”

about his families intensepport;

“My dad always says be nice to the people on the way up because you’ll need them on the way down.”

Colin is a vegetarian, lactose intolerant and allergic to tomatoes.
He loves cooking. He explained that being a vegetarian and lactose intolerant contributed to this hobby because it is important to eat healthy to stay healthy and in good shape for his career.

Colin cares deeply for all things environment related and therefor loves to visit nature parks. But he has also expressed his fondness of Roller Coasters so he loves to visit fun parks whenever he gets the chance.

Colin is an accomplished Bodhran (Irish drum) player, a strong swimmer and has a BAF 1 Star Stage Combat Certificate.
He has a great ear for accents. Apart from his native Northern Irish one, he can do RP English and American English.

He has explained that during or before performance time he will not conintenseme any alcohol. This because he is easily effected by it and he needs his concentration for his job

Colin’s mother;called Bernie Morgan, is a nurse.
And his father; called Bernard Morgan, works as a painter and decorator.
Colin also has a 3 year older brother (born in July 1983) called Neil Morgan ( who has appeared as an extra in several Merlin episodes ) and who works in Dublin as a funeral director.
Colin especially likes; Thai food, biscuits, cereals, herbal tea, Anime and escapism.
He dislikes; ice cream, black tea and crowds.

Colin Morgan’s favorites:

Actors:

  • Sean Penn,
  • Terry Gilliam.
  • David Tennant

Directors:

  • Tim Burton,
  • Sal Mendez

TV-Shows:

  • Heroes
  • Doctor Who
  • True Blood
  • Six Feet Under
  • Fringe

Movies:

  • The Goonies
  • Jason and the Argonauts
  • Willow
  • Edward Scissorhands
  • Beetlejuice
  • Big Fish
  • Avatar
  • Indiana Jones

Animation Movie:

  • Hayao Miyazaki’s Howl’s Moving Castle

Bands:

  • Bloc Party
  • Death Cab for a Cutie
  • Kings of Leon

Writers/Books:

  • Terry Pratchett
  • Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time
  • Yann Martel’s The Life Of Pi
  • Bone comic book series

Arthurian Legend text:

  • The Mary Stewart trilogy

Color:

  • Green

Animal:

  • Beaver

Girl’s name:

  • Zoe

Place to go on holiday:

  • Ireland (home)

intensebjects at school:

  • Music
  • English

Christmas Tradition:

  • A Muppet Christmas Carol
  • National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Colin Morgan can be found on the following confirmed Social Media’s

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Fan Mail Addresses:

Colin Morgan
United Agents Ltd.
12-26 Lexington Street
London, W1F 0LE
UK