Colin Morgan is a Northern Irish actor. He is best known for playing the title character in the BBC fantasy series Merlin (2008–2012).
Early Life And Education
Morgan was born in Armagh, Northern Ireland, the son of Bernard, a painter and decorator, and Bernadette, a nurse. He is the younger of two brothers; they were both raised Roman Catholic.
In 1997, Morgan began studies at Integrated College Dungannon. Morgan starred in several college productions including Surgical Sensations at St. Senapods and Bad Day at Black Frog Creek.
Morgan was awarded a National Diploma in Performing Arts from the Belfast Institute of Further and Higher Education in 2004. He graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2007. In the final year of his undergraduate course, he was discovered by theatre director Rufus Norris and made the decision to leave three-quarters of the way through to make his professional London West End theatre debut as the title character in Vernon God Little. Morgan’s performance was well received and used as an assessment for his final grade.
In November 2010, the Belfast Metropolitan College honoured Morgan with an Award of Distinction for his contribution to the Arts.
Morgan started out in several stage productions, including an adaptation of DBC Pierre’s Vernon God Little, and Thomas Babe’s, A Prayer For My Daughter at London’s Old Vic theater. He also had a minor role in Doctor Who and the Catherine Tate show, before landing his most memorable role to date in BBC’s Merlin back in 2008. For his performance as Merlin, Morgan received the Virgin Media Awards for Best Actor and Variety Club Showbiz Awards for Best Newcomer. When Merlin came to an end, Morgan appeared in a few films including Island (2011), an adaptation of Jane Rogers’ novel of the same name and Irish award- winning film, Parked.
Morgan has a net worth of $4 million.