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(2008–2012)

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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.
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 4, he finally became a series regular.
According to cast members, Bradley James is a vicious prankster, with Angel Coulby getting the most flaks from him.Not even Colin was spared from his pranks, even on set.
Emilia Fox was pregnant during the filming of Series 3.
Every single night in Camelot there is a full moon in the sky, although this is actually impossible.
Katie McGrath uses her natural Irish accent in the series, while Irish actor Colin Morgan fakes an English accent. Katie almost didn't get her role because "Merlin" producers didn't want two actors 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 21 June 2009, this series was broadcast on NBC in the U.S. It marked the first time a UK drama has aired on a major U.S. network since The New Avengers (1976) over 30 years ago.
Of the 6 episodes Lancelot appears in, 3 were named after him.
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.
Production Process: 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.
In casting the role of Arthur, the decision was between Bradley James (who took the part) and Ben Mansfield (who played a role on Primeval).
The distributor FremantleMedia Enterprises sold series one to 52 broadcasters in more than 180 countries, and the sales of series two resulted in buyers in more than 165 countries.
The archivist Geoffrey of Monmouth (played by Michael Cronin), who appears 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 castle in the series is Pierrefonds castle, located an hour's drive east of Paris. It was partially destroyed along with many other castles in the 18th Century.
John Hurt (The Great Dragon), Mark Williams (The Goblin), Michael Jennings (Sidhe Elder), are the only individuals who do not appear in physical form on the show. Only their vocal talents are used.
The sword that is forged using Kilgharah's dragon breath in season 1 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."
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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


Each of the 5 seasons has exactly 13 episodes.
Last BCC TV acting role of Frank Finlay before his retirement.
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Various Game of Thrones (2011) actors have took part in Merlin (2008). 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 and Clive Russell (Blackfish) as Bayard as well as Alexandra Dowling (Roslin Frey) as Kara.
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Katie McGrath and Colin Morgan are a couple in real life.
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Arthur Pendragon's original name in Welsh is Arthyr Pennddraiggoch or Penn Ddraig Goch. Y Ddraig Goch actually means: "A Red Dragon" and it is a national symbol of Cymru/Wales. Merlin's real name is Myrddin Wynn Emrys.
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Bradley James & Colin Morgan (Arthur & Merlin) first met on set of Merlin.They soon became BFF (best friends forever/best friends for life) both on & off set.They are actually BFF to this very day in real life with a special bond between them.
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Colin Morgan is actually a vegetarian in real life so all the scenes with a consumption of animal products had to be faked.
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Colin Morgan (Merlin) and Bradley James (Arthur) have both worked with actors Tom Goodman-Hill and Rebecca Front. Colin worked with them both in the TV series 'Humans', while Bradley worked with them in an episode of the TV series 'Lewis' that he solely appeared in.
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Bradley James had a dream of becoming a football/soccer player as a child.Although he has chosen the acting career instead, he still likes to play football/soccer occasionally - this time for charity only.
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Both lead actors, Colin Morgan & Bradley James, are literally identical when it comes to their height.They are exactly 1,83m/6ft tall each.
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While still on set of Merlin, in between takes, both lead actors & best friends Bradley & Colin made songs on their own showing their mutual hidden musical talent, although those songs are not supposed to be released in public ever.
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

It takes about four hours for Colin Morgan to be transformed into Emrys with prosthetics.

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