Colin Morgan

Last updated 09 January 2020

Colin Morgan
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Colin Morgan

Born: Wednesday 1st January 1986 (age: 38)


Colin Morgan is an actor from Armagh, Northern Ireland,  who appeared in the 2008 Doctor Who story, Midnight.

He is 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. 

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 Almod�var'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.

He played 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.

Morgan has taken part in one BBC Radio play, Cry Babies by Kim Newman, on BBC Radio 4.