Biography

Colin Morgan was born on 1st January 1986 in Armagh (Northern Ireland). In 1997, he began studies at Integrated College Dungannon. He 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.

Colin made his professional stage debut in London as the titular character in “Vernon God Little” at the Young Vic in 2007. In television, he first appeared in 2007 as the embarrassed gay son John Leary in sketches on “The Catherine Tate Show’s Christmas Special”. That same year, Colin went on to play the role of Esteban, an aspiring teenage writer, in the Old Vic stage adaptation of Pedro Almodóvar’s “All About My Mother” opposite Diana Rigg.

In 2008, he portrayed the conflicted teenager Jethro Cane opposite David Tennant in the fan-favourite “Doctor Who” episode “Midnight”. He also appeared in the Young Vic production of Thomas Babe’s “A Prayer for My Daughter”. It was in 2008 that his career really took off when he got the main role in the BBC TV series “Merlin”. He won multiple acting awards, including the Caron Keating Outstanding Newcomer Award in the 56th annual Variety Club Showbiz Award ceremony in 2008 and the Best Actor in Drama Performance: Male award in the 2013 National Television Awards.

For his first film role, Colin portrayed a homeless drug-addict opposite Colm Meaney in the 2010 independent Irish film “Parked”, for which he spent several weeks in Dublin researching drug addiction and homelessness. His performance was praised by multiple critics and director Darragh Byrne.

In 2011, he performed in the Royal Court Theatre production of Pedro Miguel Rozo’s play “Our Private Life” as Carlos, a “bipolar compulsive fantasist” homosexual who suspects he was molested by his father as a child. He also appeared in the film “Island”, an independent adaptation of Jane Rogers’ novel Island.

On 9 December 2012, Colin performed the role of Gary, a flamboyant dance instructor trying to win the heart of one of his students, in “Step in Time” at The Old Vic 24 Hour Musicals Celebrity Gala in aid of The Old Vic Trust. He played Ariel opposite Roger Allam’s Prospero in the 2013 Globe Theatre production of “The Tempest”. From 2013 to 2014, Morgan made his West End debut, at the Harold Pinter Theatre, as Skinny Luke in Jez Butterworth’s dark comedy “Mojo” alongside Ben Whishaw, Rupert Young, Daniel Mays, Brendand Coyle and Tom Rhys Harries.

In 2014, he reappeared on television as an ambitious journalist in an episode of the 1950s Irish crime drama “Quirke”, based on the books by John Banville. He also took on the role of detective sergeant Tom Anderson alongside Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan in the second series of “The Fall”. He portrayed WWI British soldier Victor Richardson, in a BBC Films and Heyday Films feature adaptation of Vera Brittain’s World War I memoir “Testament of Youth” alongside Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington, Taron Egerton and Dominic West.

In 2015, Colin began his role as the mysterious fugitive Leo Elster in “Humans”, a British-American AMC/Channel 4 eight-part science fiction drama adapted from the Swedish series ‘Real Humans’. He was featured as Frankie Shea, brother-in-law and personal driver 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.

In 2016, he played the role of Jake in “The Laughing King”, a short film by White No Sugar TV and Funky Films in support of the UK charity Campaign Against Living Miserably’s (CALM) push to raise awareness regarding depression, mental illness and male suicide. He 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. He also portrayed Andrew, the Duke of Blackwood in the Snow White and the Huntsman spin-off, “The Huntsman: Winter’s War”.

In 2017, Colin returned to London theatre, appearing in Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ “Gloria”, a comic drama. The same year, he starred in Charles Garrad’s drama Waiting for You from May to June 2015, co-starring with French actress Fanny Ardant In 2018, he starred as Lord Alfred ‘Bosie’ Douglas in the Oscar Wilde biopic “The Happy Prince” alongside Rupert Everett and Colin Firth. He played the title role in “Benjamin”, a film written and directed by Simon Amstell. He made his National Theatre debut in May 2018, starring in the new production of Brian Friel’s “Translations”, directed by Ian Rickson.

In 2019, he returned to the Old Vic Theater in the production “All My Sons” directed by Jeremy Herrin for which he received his first nomination for the Laurence Olivier Awards in the category Best Actor in a Supporting Role. He appeared in Netflix series “The Crown” (Series 3, episode 4: “Bubbikins”) In 2020, he performed at the Bridge Theatre in Caryl Churchill’s “A Number” opposite Roger Allam.

In 2021, Colin appeared in Kenneth Branagh’s film “Belfast” alongside Dame Judi Dench, Jamie Dornan, Caitríona Balfe and Ciarán Hinds. He was nominated in Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture at the Screen Actors Guild Awards and won the Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Acting Ensemble at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. He also starred in the BBC mini-series “Three Families”.

In 2022, he played the role of Liam Gates in the second season of the drama series “We Hunt Together” alongside Eve Myles. He also appeared in Marie Kreutzer’s drama “Corsage” as Capt. William George “Bay” Middleton. He starred in Amazon Prime series “Mammals” alongside James Corden, Sally Hawkins and Melia Kreiling.

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