Merlin on Merlin
1/1/1986, Knockamel Park, Armagh, Northern Ireland
Colin Morgan graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in 2007 before appearing in a stage adaptation of DBC Pierre's Vernon God Little at the Young Vic in London. Soon after, he appeared as Esteban in the stage adaptation of Pedro Almodovar's All About My Mother at the Old Vic and as Jimmy in A Prayer For My Daughter at the Young Vic. On television, he has appeared in The Catherine Tate Christmas Special as John Leary and also in an episode of Doctor Who before landing the leading role in the BBC One fantasy series Merlin in 2008.
Knockamel Park, Armagh, Northern Ireland
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Colin Morgan: Acting is probably not a real job but it is what I want to do.
Colin Morgan: I think it is very important to conserve and protect the natural world. I've just come back from Costa Rica and they are really big on eco tourism. They have lots of reserves, and they are really in to protecting wildlife. I visited a reserve called Cabo Blanco. You walk into the reserve and there are capucine monkeys swinging from the trees and sloths. I am big into nature, and seeing animals in their natural habitats. I love it.
Colin Morgan: People often ask me what inspired me to become an actor, and the truth is I can't answer that. For me, it was always more like a natural instinct. Every part, every performance I have ever taken has just been about feeding that desire to act.
Colin Morgan: Yoga is phenomenal! It's brilliant. I like the breathing, and the focus that it brings. But I can be quite energetic if I am doing a play. You will often find me running along the corridors, to let off steam, and being quite bouncy before going on stage.
Colin Morgan: (About his eating habits) I enjoy cooking. I think if you are vegetarian, and you can't have dairy in your diet, like me, you have to be able to cook! You have to learn, big time! And now I am based in London, which I love, I am looking forward to exploring some local farmers markets. I'm very interested in where food comes from. I think supporting farmers, and buying real, good food from farmers markets is really important. I think a lot of the health problems people face now are as a result of what they are eating. And I don't just mean junk food. I'm talking about eating food where you don't know where it has come from. I am careful about what I eat, and I also like really good food.
2013 Public Appearances:
-May 28th, 2013: ITV's This Morning show, London.
-February 20th, 2013: Shakespeare's Macbeth (dir. Jamie Lloyd), Trafalgar Studios, London, UK.
-February 18th, 2013: Cloud Atlas screening, Curzon Mayfair Cinema, Piccadilly, London, UK.
-January 23rd, 2013: National Television Awards, O2 Arena, London.
-September 2012, Radio Times magazine.
-March 2012, The Lady magazine's A Love Letter to Vintage S tyle, Brooklands Museum, London.
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: San Diego Comic Con, Merlin panel, San Diego, USA.
-April 14th, 2012: Titanic Commemoration Concert, BBC Two and BBC Northern Ireland.
-February 11th, 2012: The 9th Annual Irish Film & Television Awards (IFTA), Convention Centre Dublin, Ireland.
-January 31st, 2012: The Daily Show.
-January 25th, 2012: National Television Awards, O2 Arena, London.
-January 12th, 2012: Hamlet production starring Michael Sheen at the Young Vic in Southwark/London with Merlin co-star Bradley James.
Colin Morgan has been immortalized in a waxwork figure in character as Merlin made by the team from Madame Tussauds. The wax figure, whichwas created with over 300 measurements and a catalogue of reference shots of Colin Morgan himself,took four months to create and cost £150,000. It will be displayed as part of the Merlin themed attraction 'The Dragon Tower' at Warwick Castle and is part of a £3million investment in the castle by Merlin Entertainments Group.
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 with Merlin co-star Bradley James.
-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, Heidelberg, Germany.
-November 19th, 2011: Parked Q&A at the International Filmfestival Mannheim/Heidelberg, Manheim, Germany.
-November 18th, 2011: Parked Northern Irish premiere at The Takeover Film Festival, Queens Film Theatre, 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 7th, 2011: Supanova VIP party.
-November 5th-6th, 2011: Supanova 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: Sunday Showbiz, Channel Ten, Australia.
-October 14th, 2011: The Late Late Show, RTE Studios, Dublin, Ireland with Merlin co-stars Eoin Macken and Katie McGrath.
-October 1st, 2011: BBC Breakfast with Merlin co-stars Adetomiwa Edun, Eoin Macken, Katie McGrath, Rupert Young and Tom Hopper.
-September 25th, 2011: Something For The Weekend BBC2 with Angel Coulby.
-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 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 with Bradley James, Katie McGrath and show writer Julian Jones.
-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 Bradley James, Katie McGrath, Angel Coulby and Executive Producer Johnny Capps.
-March 26th, 2011: Interviewing potential dragonologists for 'The Dragon Tower' event at Warwick Castle, Warwick, England.
-February 20th, 2011: Island Premiere at the Glasgow Film Festival, Glasgow, UK.