Colin Morgan was born on January 1st, 1986 in Northern Ireland, best known for playing the title character in the BBC TV series Merlin. he attended Integrated College Dungannon, winning the Denis Rooney Associates Cup for best overall student in the third year, before gaining a National Diploma in Performing Arts from the Belfast Institute of Further and Higher Education in 2004. He went on to study at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow, where he graduated in 2007. In November 2010, the Belfast Metropolitan College honoured him with an Award of Distinction for his contribution to the Arts.
On stage in 2007, Colin 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 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. On 9 Dec 2012, Colin Morgan performed in Step in Time at The Old Vic 24 Hour Musicals Celebrity Gala in aid of The Old Vic Trust. In 2013, he played Ariel in the Globe Theatre production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest and Skinny in Jez Butterworth’s dark comedy Mojo in the Harold Pinter Theatre in London’s West End. Mojo received good reviews and the London production was extended for two weeks finishing on 8 February 2014
In film, Colin Morgan portrays Victor Richardson, a school friend of Vera Brittain’s brother Edward, in a BBC Films feature adaptation of her first memoir Testament of Youth ( 2014 ). He appears as Calum in Island, a film adaptation of Jane Rogers’ novel Island, and as Cathal in the award winning Irish film Parked. Colin Morgan plays Frankie Shea, the brother-in-law of Tom Hardy’s Reggie Kray, in the 1960s London gangster film Legend based on the book “The Profession of Violence: The Rise and Fall of the Kray Twins” by John Pearson. For two days in Blackpool, from 9 to 10 May 2015, Colin Morgan was featured in a short film titled The Laughing King (2015) by White No Sugar TV and Funky Films in support of the UK charity Campaign Against Living Miserably’s (CALM) plight of raising awareness for depression, mental illness and male suicide.
Colin Morgan filmed Waiting for You, portrays the role of Paul and co-starring with French actress Fanny Ardant. The story centres on Colin Morgan’s character,
who investigates his late father’s increasingly disturbing past and becomes suspicious of the mysterious, melancholic and probably dangerous Madeleine (Ardant). Colin Morgan was announced to play the lead Seán Mac Diarmada, an Irish revolutionary in the bloody 1916 Irish Easter Rising, for the 100 year commemoration film The Rising
(2016), written and produced by Kevin McCann. The film is set to be released on St Patrick’s Day, 2017. Colin Morgan plays the Duke of Blackwood, the lover of the villain Freya who is played by Emily Blunt in Snow White and the Huntsman spin-off: The Huntsman. September 2016: The Happy Prince begins filming with Colin Morgan, a biopic about Oscar Wilde alongside Rupert Everett and Colin Firth.
Colin 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 played the title role in BBC TV series Merlin from 2008 to 2012, for which he won a National Television Award. Colin Morgan can next be seen in Quirke which begins its run on March 2014. On April 2014, it was announced that he will take on the role of Tom Anderson, a Detective Sergeant, joining Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan as one of the lead characters in the second series of award winning BBC Two and RTÉ One drama serial The Fall.
In June 2015, Colin Morgan played mysterious fugitive Leo Elster in Humans, a British-American AMC/Channel 4 eight-part science fiction drama adapted from the successful Swedish series Real Humans. In April 2016, Colin started production and filming eight new episodes of the science fiction drama Humans produced by the British Channel 4 and the American AMC. He reprises his main role of Leo Elster.
In January 2016: Colin starred with actress Charlotte Spencer in the BBC One Victorian era ghost hunter series The Living and the Dead as the central character Nathan Appleby, a pioneering psychologist who is obsessed with the afterlife. a West Country couple in 1894 who live in a haunted house plagued by poltergeists and other spectral gate-crashers. The six-hour drama, set in Somerset, England, was written by Ashley Pharoah and Matthew Graham, the team behind Life On Mars and Ashes To Ashes. Director Alice Troughton and the rest of the cast and crew filmed from August 2015 to January 2016.
Colin Morgan reprises his role as Tom Anderson for The Fall’s Series 3. It will air on BBC Two ( September 29th 2016 )
Colin and his co-star Bradley James, travelled on an exploration of Arthurian legends for BBC Wales, The Real Merlin and Arthur, in 2009. On 14 April 2012, Colin 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.
Colin Morgan has taken part in one BBC Radio play, Cry Babies by Kim Newman, on BBC Radio 4 ( March 2009 )
Colin Morgan 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. He cares deeply for all things environment related and therefor loves to visit nature parks.
Colin Morgan 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.
Winner of 2013 Broadway World West End Awards Best Featured Actor in a New Production of a Play.
Winner of 2013 National Television Award for Best Drama Performance Male.
Winner of 2008 Caron Keating Award for Outstanding New Talent at the Variety Club Showbiz Awards RSAMD.
Colin Morgan’s contact:
Colin Morgan C/O United Agents (Client Contact) 12-26 Lexington Street London, W1F Ole
Primrose studios 109 Regent’s Park Road London NW1 8UR UK.