Colin Morgan - Biography - Irish theatre, television and radio actor

HitBerryPublished on   12 Sep, 2016Updated on   18 Apr, 2021


Colin Morgan was born on 1 January 1986 in Armagh, Northern Ireland who he made up to the stage at the age of five and appeared in the chorus in a production of Cinderella and then Peter Pan. Since then he has been in many theatre plays, television series and movies.  Colin has done many award-winning plays and movie. Not only that he is also very much active in BBC Radio 4 and in many charity shows. 

Colin Morgan in Merlin TV

Early Life and Education

Colin Morgan was born on 1 January 1986 in Armagh, Northern Ireland and is a son of Bernard who was a painter and decorator and Bernadette who was a nurse. He has a brother named Neil Morgan and were raised as Roman Catholic.

Colin Morgan was intensively interested in theatre from his early age, he made up to the stage at the age of five and appeared in the chorus in a production of Cinderella and then Peter Pan.  During his childhood in Saints and Scholars Integrated Primary School, he was very much inspired by his teacher Harry McGee and used to stay after school every day to work out on a poem. Teacher Harry was the one who urges him to adopt career as a professional actor.

Award from Belfast Institute of Further and Higher Education

Colin Morgan's talent was also recognised during his college period, where he was described as a keen musician and potential actor. During his college years, he participated in many renowned college productions like Surgical Sensations at St. Senapods and Bad Day at Black Frog Creek.  Colin once during 2002 participated in Belfast's Waterfront Hall for the You're A Star RTE One programme but couldn’t make it to the final. But he didn’t lose his hope and joined Belfast for drama classes and later awarded a National Diploma in Performing Arts from Belfast Institute of Further and Higher Education.

Colin Morgan then left Northern Ireland and went to London to make his professional London West End Theatre debut in Vernon God Little. In 2010, Morgan was again honoured with Award of Distinction by the Belfast Metropolitan College (before Belfast Institute of Further and Higher Education) for his contribution to the Arts.

Colin Morgan in 'Human'

Career in Theater

 Colin Morgan is a very popular name in the theatre arena. After his theatre debut in the Vernon God Little in 2007, he got lots of praiseworthy comment by high rated newspapers like The Telegraph, The Stage and so on.  Then in the same year, he got the role of an aspiring teenage writer in Esteban in the Old Vic stage adoption of Pedro Almodovar's Todo Sobre mi Madre.

In the year 2008, Colin Morgan appeared in the Young Vic production of Thomas Babe's A Prayer for My Daughter as Jimmy Rosario. His other remarkable performance was in the 2013 Globe Theater production of The Tempest, this play was later broadcasted to cinemas as part of Globe On Screen in 2014.  From 2013 to 2014 Colin did Mojo at the Harold Pinter Theatre and was said to be the best death scene anyone had ever performed.  He has also appeared in 2015 highly anticipated one-night theatre event called A Gala in Honour of Kevin Spacey.


Career in Television and Movie

Colin Morgan is not only successful in the theatre but also has invested him time in television side by side.  The Catherine Tate Show in 2007 is where he made his first television appearance. After that he landed in his best-known role in BBC TV series Merlin from 2008 to 2012. In 2013 Colin Morgan made his next appearance in an Irish crime drama Quirke as Jimmy Minor an ambitious journalist.

The Fall an award winning Northern Irish BBC Two and RTE One drama as Tom Anderson was which took him to next level of success.  After that, he played a Swedish series adoption of Real Human named Human, it is a high-rated drama and Colin received many appreciations for his role.  From 2016 he has started production and filming eight new episodes of human which is produced by British Channel 4 and the American AMC.

Talking about his film career Colin Morgan played in the award-winning independent Irish film Parked in 2010. The film got several awards in various film festivals from all around the world. Island in 2011 was where Colin made his next appearance. He also did the BBC Films and Heyday Films feature film World War I Memoir Testament of Youth which was made in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of World War I.

In 2015 Colin Morgan did movies like Legend and The Laughing King. He also filmed the movie Waiting for You which was a huge success.  Now he is said to portray in Irish revolutionary and mastermind of the bloody 1961 Irish Easter Rising.

Colin Morgan as radio actor

Colin Morgan beside films and theatre is active in radio too. He took part in a play Cry Babies on BBC radio in March 2009. He also did the popular book Good Omens as Newton Pulsifer on BBC Radio 4. He had also performed readings from survivor accounts and testimonials during Titanic: A Commemoration on Music and Film.

Then on 27 August 2014, Colin Morgan narrated Big Mountain Productions' Addicts Symphony on Channel 4 and have also given his voice in Merlin's game sequences in 2012, Merlin: The Game


Personal Life

Colin Morgan has been dating Katie McGrath since 2010. Colin and Katie were an on-screen match within Merlin (2008). After being in the Merlin they became close to each other and then after two years they started dating each other.

Colin Morgan is not so active on social media sites. He doesn’t really prefer using social sites and only uses it for emailing or shopping purpose. Talking about his net worth his current annual earning is around $ 1.5 million.

Colin Morgan is also very much active in charitable works. He donates a huge amount of his income in many social causes. He supports "Save The Arts" which aims to save 120 performing arts places.



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