Colin Morgan was born on1 January 1986, in Armagh, Northern Ireland, UK, and is an actor, best known for being the title character in the BBC series “Merlin”. He was also the lead in “The Living and the Dead” and had a main role in “Humans”. All of his efforts have helped put his net worth to where it is today.
How rich is Colin Morgan? As of mid-2017, sources inform us of a net worth that is at $1.5 million, mostly earned through a successful career in acting. He also had a notable stage role in “The Tempest” and had film roles in “Legend” as well as “The Huntsman: Winter’s War”. As he continues his career which only now spans a decade, it is expected that his wealth will also continue to increase.
Colin Morgan Net Worth $1.5 million
Colin discovered his love of theatre at a young age, with his childhood being spent during the time of “The Troubles”. However, he didn’t have many opportunities in the field yet he still pursued the craft. He made his stage debut at five years of age as part of the chorus in “Cinderella” and “Peter Pan”, and continued doing amateur stage productions in the next few years. In 1997, at the age of 11, he went to study at Integrated College Dungannon, and starred in several college productions such as “Surgical Sensations at St. Senapods”. In 2002, he auditioned for the “You’re A Star RTE One” program; the winner was to get a record contract, but he didn’t make it. Eventually he attended the Belfast Institute of Further and Higher Education, gaining a diploma in 2004, and then got a spot at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland to study for three years. There he was discovered by director Rufus Norris, and Colin would debut as the title character in “Vernon God Little” in London’s West End, drawing critical acclaim for his performance.
Morgan then went on to play the role of Esteban in “Todo Sobre mi Madre” which would earn him a nomination for the Theatregoers’ Choice Awards. In 2008, he appeared in a production of “A Prayer for my Daughter” which gained good reviews once again, and his next majot role was in a production of “Our Private Life”, to yet more favorable reviews, so his net worth continued to increase significantly. In 2014, he was cast as Ariel in a production of “The Tempest” which he played Ariel, and then in the dark comedy “Mojo”, alongside Rupert Grint. One of his latest projects is the comic drama “Gloria”.
For television, Colin made his debut in 2007 as part of sketches in “The Catherine Tate Show”, as well as in an episode of “Doctor Who”. In 2008, he played the title role in the series “Merlin” which continued for four years, winning numerous awards for his performance including a National Television Award during the conclusion of the series. In 2013, he appeared in the crime drama “Quirke” before being cast in the second series of the award winning serial “The Fall”. He then took the role of Leo Elster in “Humans” which is based on the Swedish series “Real Humans”, for which all the cast received positive reviews. His next television project would be “The Living and the Dead” in 2016, before returning to “The Fall” to reprise his role.
In films, Colin was cast in the award winning independent film “Parked”. He then appeared as British soldier Victor Richardson in the feature adaptation of “Testament of Youth”, which earned him acclaim too. His next film project would be the gangster film “Legend”, which he played Frankie Shea alongside Tom Hardy’s, Reggie Kray. In 2016, he was cast as the Duke of Blackwood in “The Huntsman: Winter’s War”, then in “Waiting for You” and “The Happy Prince”, alongside Colin Firth as well as Rupert Everett. One of his latest film projects is “The Rising”, which is based on the 1916 Irish Easter Rising.
For his personal life, there aren’t even any rumours of romantic liaisons, but it is known that Morgan is a vegetarian due to allergies and lactose intolerance. He also practices yoga and is an accomplished Bodhran player.
Was still in drama school when he was cast by director Rufus Norris to make his professional debut in the title role of the stage adaptation of DBC Pierre's Booker Prize winner "Vernon God Little" at the Young Vic in 2007. Colin Morgan has credited this role as his first big break.
Obtained a National Diploma in Performing Arts at Belfast Institute of Further & Higher Education in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 2004.
After studying at the Belfast Institute, he went to the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow.
His mother, Bernadette, is a nurse, and his father is a painter and decorator.
Has a brother named Neil.
He is a vegetarian.
Graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in 2007.
Any Arthurian enthusiast who has watched 'Merlin' has probably concluded that it's not accurate whatsoever - but, it's not meant to be. It's not meant to be a true telling. It's in a fantasy setting, it's really concentrating on the fantasy element.
For me, it's all I've wanted to do. I did local plays and productions, local theater groups and anything that involved it. And then, I went and studied it, attended drama school and got my first lucky break in the theater in London, and just went from there.
Nowadays, kids know how a programme like Merlin is made and how it works. But the show just seems to grow in popularity the more it goes on.
There's no social media or Googling yourself. You only have to do it once to learn never to do it again.
I cannot wait to come back to Glasgow. I know the place like the back of my hand. In fact, one of the jobs I had as a student was in Cineworld. And I was always at gigs in King Tut's, Nice 'n' Sleazy's and the Barras. I played Ultimate Frisbee down on Glasgow Green and pulled pints in O'Neill's on Queen Street.
It's weird to be recognised anywhere. The cost of living your dream, acting, is being recognised.
My sights have always been on acting, on the creative process, never the lifestyle. Growing up in Northern Ireland when I did, everything was against you if you wanted to do something like that. But I was determined.
For me, one of my favorites, director-wise, is Tim Burton. I also really admire the work of actors like Sean Penn. He is probably my favorite actor because of his dedication and commitment to roles, and the ability to morph and change himself when he needs to. It's about dedication and commitment and a passion.
From what I've read, everyone has a claim on Merlin. Was he Scottish, Welsh, English or even French? All these countries have got a big claim on him and Camelot. That's why the Arthurian legends are so popular - because they are such good stories.
As an actor, you need to be versatile. You need to challenge yourself.
The fantasy genre is so in at the moment. Viewers want to escape from their lives and watch something that is so separate from their everyday existence. People have always wanted to escape their lives - that's why they go to movies and the theatre.
If I had auditioned for 'Merlin' on magic alone, I don't think I'd have got it. Like any kid, I probably had a magic kit, but it's not something I ever pursued. I've never watched a magic show like David Copperfield or used him to base my character on, but I really like David Blaine and Darren Brown. They are doing wonders.
I read 'The Crystal Cave' book by Mary Stewart, and I thought it was a really, really interesting part of the legend, in which Merlin could enter into the cave with these crystals and see reflections of the future in them and learn how to use that and harness those powers for himself.
I think anyone who has a passion for what they love to do, and who pursue it, is inspirational for me.
When I think of Camelot, I think of the castle in France where we film, but I think it's wrong to lock it down to one place because it's all part of our imagination. They are legends for a reason. Their stories have endured for hundreds of years and, hopefully, they will for hundreds of years to come.
Merlin was five years of my life. I enjoyed every year, every day. I had a brilliant time on it. But I'd be lying if I didn't say I wanted to do more.
Because it was one of my favorites from the Arthurian legend, one of the things that I really enjoyed doing was the legend of the crystal cave. In my head, it was fun to imagine what it was going to look like because there was a lot of CGI involved, in seeing visions of the future reflected within crystals.
I'm just happy to be doing what I always wanted to do. Sometimes you have to remind yourself how privileged you are.