What I remember most about my encounter with Colin Morgan is how articulate and thoughtful he is. Does his star burn brighter because it has been fashioned out of adversity? Absolutely. All I do know is that he is smart enough to know that hard work and sheer determination has catapulted him into a position of extraordinary privilege and opportunity. So far he’s made some very interesting choices outside Merlin, and he has deftly avoided being typecast. (x)
He is full of enthusiasm for everything. Everything is great, everything is nice, everything is fantastic all the time and sometimes I think: ‘Right, I could do a bit of a pep up here’ and Colin's there sort of just going: 'No, everything is great' and I go: 'Alright yeah, everything is fine'. - Bradley James
I’ve learnt many years ago not to try to live up to Colin Morgan - there’s no point, he is on a level that is far beyond the rest of us, so it’s better just to have him as your goal and silently plod along behind him!” - Katie McGrath
One of the most hardworking, welcoming people I’ve ever met. I think one of the best actors I’ve ever worked with. I would say that the reason the show is as successful — a major part of that is because of him. He was always on there and welcomed everyone to the set even if they’re there for one scene or for a few years.He would just always give you so much. If you had a scene with Colin you would be better, I think. He’s genuinely one of the nicest people. He loves acting so much and so committed. He gave his life over for the eight months we filmed. He’s someone I am in awe of. I’d like to be a bit more like him. - Rupert Young
I told Colin Morgan I would direct him in anything he chooses. Colin is going to be a very big name and Shine (the company who did Merlin) were so lucky to get him. He’s a brilliant actor and so professional…so hard-working and a really nice guy. - Richard Wilson
He is the first guy on set and the last guy on set for actually everyday. I don’t envy him his workload. Merlin is the lead in the show in many ways and he is in a huge amount of it. - co-creator Julian Murphy
No matter how tired he is whether he is up a hill on a horse, whether he is in the water, whether he is in a castle having to fight a green screen monster, pretending a monster in front of a green screen, no matter what we throw to him he always gives a 100%. - co-creator Johnny Capps
Morgan and James had great on-screen chemistry, moving seamlessly from comic rapport to affecting emotionally charged scenes. - The Telegraph
What saves the series and makes it enjoyable for older viewers is the chemistry of the two appealing lead actors, Mr. Morgan and Mr. James, who make the sparring, double-edged friendship of Merlin and Arthur amusing even when the script doesn’t live up to their high spirits. - The New York Times
His (Colin Morgan) chemistry with Bradley James is the glue that binds the series. The two are complete opposites and come from different worlds but they soon develop a bond based on loyalty and their common desire for good and justice. - Merlin S1 DVD Review
Leads Colin Morgan (Merlin) and Bradley James (Arthur) have great chemistry and excellent comedic timing. While it is sometimes frustrating to see how selfless Merlin is and how little credit he receives when helping Arthur, the dynamic between the two actors is excellent enough to carry viewers through until the day Merlin can reveal his secret. - Merlin S2 DVD Review
When you cripple two actors who have such a golden dynamic and pigeonhole them into acting in one very narrow range over an over, their abilities suffer. And when their abilities suffer, the show suffers. It felt so, so good to see Arthur and Merlin actually do things like smile this episode. - Merlin S3 Finale Review
The success of this mythical hokum rests largely on the love story between Merlin (Colin Morgan) and Prince Arthur (Bradley James). - The Independent, Merlin S4(12) DVD Review.
Colin Morgan and Bradley James have always had incredible chemistry and it’s all cashed in here. Their scenes are heartbreaking and beautifully portrayed. You may wish that Arthur had found out about Merlin’s powers earlier so that the show could have had longer to explore the new status quo between them, but the scenes are played so well here that you don’t care. There was more bromance in this one episode that in Sherlock and Supernatural put together. Hell, there were even moments where a full-on snog would not have been remotely out of place. - Starburst Magazine, Merlin S5 Finale Review.
You just want to absorb everything that people like Richard have to offer, because they’ve been in the business so much, and not only in business, but in life. - Colin Morgan
Working with him has always been lovely. As actors we learned from his experience as an actor, and as a person what he’s been through in life, he and Richard have always been there if we ever needed advice. - Bradley James
It’s quite creepy to be an old guy.You’re just not meant to see yourself like that for at least another 60 years.It takes four hours to turn into Emrys and then another one hour to take it all off.People are always asking if it’s my real nose. It’s a prosthetic.
Yeah, it was me juggling. There was a guy from one of the local circus schools in Cardiff who came on set and he trained me up. Once you get the technique down, then it’s up to you – you’ve just got to practice loads. I wanted to be able to do five [balls at once] but the guy told me that it took him over a year to learn how to do five. So considering I only had a couple of months, that wasn’t going to be possible. So I got up to four, which was pretty good. ⋆
I was really afraid that everybody would hate me for being so mean to Colin and Bradley, but actually people come up and congratulate me on treating them so horribly, so maybe that’s just that they like me and don’t like them. - Katie McGrath (x)
< I find inspiration with Colin.We have a lot of fun working together.I’ve been very fortunate that we’ve had such a great working relationship that it’s translated onto the screen.We’ve had a lot of scenes to do,and it’s made them enjoyable >
Can you talk about working with Bradley James & Colin Morgan? (x) (x)
Tom Hopper : Yeah, you know, they’re great. I mean, obviously as you can tell, there’s a lot of banter between the boys here, and it’s all a lot of fun. So having us all together, working with those two, and they’ve sort of just, you know, they’ve really started off what we’ve joined. And it’s been great working with those guys, on their journey of making the show. They’re good people, you know, and very good actors.
Eoin Macken : Colin and Bradley — that’s actually genuinely great about working on Merlin is that the actors are all of really high caliber. And Colin and Bradley in particular are both brilliant, and it is always great working for them. And as people, Colin’s Irish, and Irish people are generally great, and Bradley’s British, and that’s cool too. So it’s great working with them.
Rupert Young : When you turn up on the show, you can see — I mean, Colin Morgan, and Bradley, both of them, they’re the hardest-working people i’ve met. I know it sounds like we’re sucking up to them, but they genuinely are brilliant, and the show wouldn’t be a success without them. I haven’t met or worked with people who work that hard, and they’re working flat-out for eight months, and so they make us raise our game. So they’re two great people to work with.
Adetomiwa : I guess our interaction with them, as a group, it’s slightly different. Bradley is, if I may say, he’s one of the lads, and we have a lot of good banter with him. And Colin is, like, one of the warmest, nicest, most generous people you’ll ever meet.
Alex Vlahos : Bradley was very encouraging, nice and always looking to support me if he could see I was getting overwhelmed by the whole thing. Colin was great, always chatting to me and talking about people we knew mutually. Both were a delight!