- Colin Morgan
Colin Morgan, February 2011
Born 1 January 1986
Armagh, Northern Ireland
Occupation Actor Years active 2007–present
Colin Morgan (born 1 January 1986) is an 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 (formerly the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama), situated 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.
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 boyfriend Bradley James, travelled on an exploration of Arthurian legends for BBC Wales, The Real Merlin & Arthur, in 2009.
Film and television
Year Title Role Format Notes 2007 The Catherine Tate Show John Leary TV series Minor role 2008 Doctor Who Jethro Cane TV series 1 episode: "Midnight" 2008–present Merlin Merlin TV series Title/main role 2009 The Real Merlin and Arthur Self TV one-off Accompanied by Bradley James 2010 Parked Cathal Film 2011 Island Calum Feature film
Year Title Role Theatre 2007 Vernon God Little Vernon Young Vic Theatre, London 2007 All About My Mother Esteban Old Vic, London 2008 A Prayer for My Daughter Jimmy Young Vic Theatre, London 2011 Our Private Life Carlos Royal Court Theatre, London
Year Title Role 2009 Cry Babies Roger
Year Award Category Role Result 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
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- ^ BMC. "Students make it at 'The Met'". http://www.belfastmet.ac.uk/?news_item=449. Retrieved 2010-11-28.
- ^ whatsonstage.com. "20 Questions With … Colin Morgan". http://www.whatsonstage.com/index.php?pg=207&story=E8821201886414. Retrieved 2009-01-02.
- ^ Royal Court Theatre. "Our Private Life". http://www.royalcourttheatre.com/whats-on/our-private-life. Retrieved 2011-03-15.
- ^ Finite Films. "Island". http://www.finitefilmslondon.com/wp/?p=172. Retrieved 2011-04-16.
- ^ Tailormade Productions. "Island". http://tailormadeproductions.com/the-sea-change/. Retrieved 2009-12-28.
- ^ United Agents. "Colin Morgan". http://unitedagents.co.uk/colin-morgan#profile-1. Retrieved 2010-01-15.
- ^ Ripple World. "Parked". http://rippleworld.com/index.php?view=article&id=50. Retrieved 2010-03-11.
- ^ "Official Kim Newman Web Site". http://www.johnnyalucard.com/main.html#news. Retrieved 2009-01-23.
- ^ 56th annual Variety Club Showbiz Awards - Awards Ceremony - Colin Morgan
- ^ "49th Monte-Carlo TV Festival Drama TV Series - Outstanding Actor". http://www.tvfestival.fr/mailimg/newsletters/49-FTV/Actor_Drama.pdf. Retrieved 22 April 2010.
- ^ "Festival de Télévision de Monte-Carlo - 50 - Nominees for Outstanding Actor - Drama TV Series". http://www.tvfestival.com/dan/NOMINES/drama_acteur.pdf. Retrieved 22 April 2010.
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