Colin Morgan (born January 1, 1986) is an actor from Armagh, Northern Ireland, best known for playing the title character in the BBC TV series Merlin with Bradley James. Colin 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 graduate from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in 2007. In November 2010 The Belfast Metropolitan College honoured Colin with an Award of Distinction for his contribution to the arts.
In 2007 Colin 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 Columbian dramaturg Pedro Miguel Rozo's play Our Private Life. In film, Colin appears as Calum in Island a film adaptation of Jane Rogers' novel Island, and as Cathal in the Irish comedy-drama film Parked.
Colin 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 co-star Bradley James travelled on an exploration of Arthurian legends for BBC Wales The Real Merlin & Arthur in 2009.