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Merlin (TV Series 2008–2012) Poster

(2008–2012)

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It took about four hours for Colin Morgan to be transformed into Emrys with prosthetics.
Colin Morgan often had to stand indoors or in the shade when he wasn't shooting, to avoid looking pale in one scene and tanned in the next.
According to cast members, Bradley James is a vicious prankster, with Angel Coulby getting the most pranks from him. Not even Colin got spared of his pranks, even if on-set.
Rupert Young, who plays Sir Leon, was only supposed to appear in one episode. However, fans loved him so much that the writers decided to have him as a recurring character. In season four, he finally became a series regular.
The ancient jewellery, talismans and symbols seen in the series were based on artefacts on show in Jorvik Viking Centre in York.
The Camelot Knights include: Sir Owain, Sir Pellinore, Sir Bedivere, Sir Leon, Sir Lancelot, Sir Percival, Sir Gwaine, Sir Elyan, and Sir Mordred.
The following actors and actresses have appeared in separate episodes of Doctor Who (2005): Colin Morgan, Sir John Hurt, Richard Wilson, Anthony Head, Angel Coulby, Eve Myles, Lindsay Duncan, Michelle Ryan, Joe Dempsie, Georgia Moffett, Sarah Parish, Pauline Collins, Alun Raglan, Rick English, Alex Price, Colin Salmon, Jem Wall, Sarah Counsell, Tom Hopper, Miranda Raison, Tom Ellis, Greg Bennett, Phil Davis, Juilan Glover, Liam Cunningham, Trevor Sellers, Chris Fairbank, and James Greene.
A French stuntman broke one of his ribs while shooting a jousting scene, the balsa wood on the end of lance, the other stuntman was using, didn't shatter correctly.
Katie McGrath used her natural Irish accent in the series, while Irish actor Colin Morgan faked an English accent. Katie almost didn't get her role, because "Merlin" producers didn't want two cast members speaking with an Irish accent in the series, and they were ready to reject her for a role, if she couldn't sound English, that is, if Colin couldn't nail the English accent first.
On June 21, 2009, this series was broadcast on NBC in the U.S. It marked the first time a UK drama had aired on a major U.S. network since The New Avengers (1976).
In casting the role of Arthur, the decision was between Bradley James (who took the part) and Ben Mansfield (who played the role of Captain Becker on Primeval (2007)).
Emilia Fox was pregnant during the filming of season three.
Of the six episodes in which Lancelot appeared, three were named after him.
Every night in Camelot there is a full moon in the sky, although this is actually impossible.
The castle in the series is Pierrefonds castle, located one hundred kilometers northeast of Paris. It was partially destroyed along with many other castles in the eighteenth century.
The archivist Geoffrey of Monmouth (played by Michael Cronin), who appeared in several episodes, has the same name as the medieval author of "The History of the Kings of Britain", one of the most important sources of Arthurian legend.
The sword that is forged using Kilgharah's dragon breath in season one, is meant to be Excalibur. The sword is used several times throughout the series, but is never actually called Excalibur. It's only ever called "the sword forged in a dragon's breath".
Arthur Pendragon's original name in Welsh, is Arthwys Penddraiggoch or Pen Ddraig Goch. Pen means "head" in Welsh, and Y Ddraig Goch actually means "a red dragon", and it is a national symbol of Cymru (Wales). Merlin's real name, in Welsh, is Myrddin Wyllt Emrys.
Sir John Hurt (The Great Dragon), Mark Williams (The Goblin), and Michael Jennings (Sidhe Elder) are the only individuals who do not appear in physical form on the show. Only their vocal talents are used.
Distributor FremantleMedia Enterprises, sold season one to fifty-two broadcasters in more than one hundred eighty countries, and the sales of season two resulted in buyers in more than one hundred sixty-five countries.
Colin Morgan is actually a vegetarian in real-life, so all the scenes with a consumption of animal products had to be faked.
While still on the set of this show, in between takes, lead actors and best friends Bradley and Colin made songs on their own, showing their mutual hidden musical talent. Those songs are not supposed to be released in public, yet the fans posted them on YouTube.
Katie McGrath (Morgana) and Colin Morgan (Merlin) used to date back in 2010.
Two part episodes include:
  • S2, Episodes 5-6 Beauty and the Beast
  • S3, Episodes 1-2, The Tears of Uther Pendragon
  • S3, Episodes 12-13, The Coming of Arthur
  • S4. Episodes 1-2, The Darkest Hour
  • S4, Episodes 12-13, Sword in the Stone
  • S5, Episodes 1-2, Arthur's Bane
  • S5, Episodes 12-13, Diamond of the Day
Bradley James (Arthur) and Colin Morgan (Merlin) first met on the set of this show.They soon became best friends, and remain best friends to this day.
Colin Morgan and Bradley James are virtually identical in height (they are six feet tall each). Colin being only about one centimeter taller than Bradley. Colin is 1.83 meters tall, while Bradley is 1.82 meters tall.
Various Game of Thrones (2011) actors and actresses have taken part in this show. This includes Joe Dempsie (Gendry) as William, John Bradley (Samwell Tarley) as Tyr Seward, Donald Sumpter (Maester Luwin) as The Fisher King, Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth) as Ruadan, Joseph Mawle (Benjen Stark) as Alvarr, Mackenzie Crook (Orell) as Cedric, Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister) as Aredian, James Cosmo (Jeor Mormont) as Hengist, Julian Glover (Pycell) as Lochru, Ralph Ineson (Dagmer Cleftjaw) as Jarl, Alexander Siddig (Doran Martell) as Kanen, Clive Russell (Blackfish) as Bayard, and Alexandra Dowling (Roslin Frey) as Kara.
Last BCC television acting role of Frank Finlay before his retirement.
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Bradley James had a dream of becoming a football (soccer) player as a child. Although he has chosen an acting career instead, he still likes to play football (soccer) occasionally, this time for charity only.
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Merlin's real name is Myrddin Wyllt. Myrddin is his given name, Wyllt is a family name, or his surname (last name) as a sixth century Celtic druid. Emrys is his druid name. When translated from original Welsh, and then anglicized, his druid name would be Ambrosius.
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Colin Morgan is a proud vegan who practices yoga daily. He even gave up smoking quite recently, in 2016, to further improve his physical health.
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At season two, back in 2009, Bradley and Colin became blood brothers. Since Bradley has no brother of his own, this way Colin was to become his brother by blood (both literally and figuratively).
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Colin Morgan's full name, in Gaelic, is Cailéan Muírgen, without being anglicized. Bradley James' full name, however, is Bradley Gregory James, Jr. Gregory is his middle name, yet he never uses his full name in public.
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Colin Morgan (Merlin) and Bradley James (Arthur) have worked with Tom Goodman-Hill and Rebecca Front. Colin worked with them on the television series Humans (2015), while Bradley worked with them in an episode of the television series Inspector Lewis (2006).
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