I can’t believe I haven’t written this post before now. Now, I know the internet can be a scary place when talking about actors, so let me first reassure you readers that I’m not writing this from the approach of a crazed fan-girl, and this post is not about Colin’s good looks. So if you were worried that that’s where this was going, just stay put for a moment longer. Because this post is all about an incredible actor who makes some seriously great career choices and deserves recognition.
A lot of people have never heard the name Colin Morgan, or maybe they’ll recognize him once you put a face to the name, but most people don’t really know who he is… and I believe that’s completely intentional. One of the things that I seriously admire about Colin is that he is very much a private person. He is spectacularly talented and has had many, many incredible roles, both in film and TV, and has worked alongside some really big names (Jamie Dornan, Gillian Anderson, Kit Harrington…), but he still manages to stay out of the limelight. He keeps to himself and basically dismisses the notion of celebrity and fame. Is he dating? Who knows? What’s his favorite movie? Who knows? What did he have for dinner last night? Well he doesn’t have social media, so again, who knows? It is seriously admirable and impressive how he has managed to keep his professional and personal life completely separate from the public eye in a business that is all about “celebrity.” And Colin is so massively talented, having won a NTA and getting more and more leading roles every day, so it would be so easy for his name and image to be out there in the public limelight all the time. But it’s just not. And it’s not hurting his career or fan-base in the least and I find that so admirable.
There are a few more aspects of Colin that make him so admirable and cause me to appreciate him. The first of which is obviously his incredible acting. I haven’t seen acting such as his in a long while. It’s in his body, his eyes, his voice, his accent, his pitch, his intonation, his research and dedication to learning the characters and relating to their struggles and lives. From what I’ve seen and heard, he goes above and beyond and puts his all into each and every character he’s ever played. It’s fascinating to watch him go from role to role, all completely different, and pull it off flawlessly. When I watch Colin on my TV, he’s not Colin Morgan. I often forget that I’m watching Colin, to be honest (and that is further helped along by his anonymity in the public social sphere online). He is always 110% the character he’s portraying on the screen.
Another aspect of Colin that I appreciate is his consistently entertaining, incredible projects. I don’t know if he has his pick of films, radio, theatre, television, etc, or if his agent scores these parts for him, or if he just manages to get lucky every single time he auditions and is offered a role. But he always manages to end up on a project that is inherently fascinating. He has said in many interviews that he is drawn to great scripts that really resonate with him and characters that really speak to him and inspire him in some way, shape, or form, and that he reads a script first as an audience member, second as an actor. And it’s just great to follow the career of such an incredible actor and be excited about their newest projects because you just know that, if their history is anything to go by, it will be a great script/story. I love watching Colin perform, but it’s an added perk that the projects he’s performing in are actually entertaining and really well done/written, so that I never have to sit through a boring movie just to watch his performance. I can always recommend his latest projects to my friends before they’re even released, and my friends will come back to me after they’ve watched it and say “how did you know it was going to be that good?!” The answer is always simple- “Colin picked it, didn’t he?”
So let’s go through and talk about some of those amazing projects he’s been involved with and how spectacular they all are.
This is where it all began! For me, at least. I believe this was one of Colin’s first major tv roles (his part was relatively small, supporting role to the Doctor, but it’s a huge TV show, so it was kind of a big deal). This was the first time I saw Colin Morgan, although I didn’t realize who he was at the time, as I had never heard of him before. It wasn’t until he made his debut on Merlin, and I later re-watched this episode of Doctor Who, which was consequently my favorite episode of Doctor Who before I even knew Colin was in it, that I realized, ‘OH! That’s Colin Morgan!’ I don’t have any clips for you guys from his episode, Midnight, but you can watch it on Netflix, and here’s a little clip of David Tennant talking about how brilliant Colin was to work with.
Where do I even start? I know I said Doctor Who is where it all began, but it wasn’t until Merlin that I learned who Colin Morgan was. He played Merlin, and he was amazing at it. Fun, funny, sad, angry, powerful, klutzy, friend, enemy… he pulled off every role and emotion imaginable in this series, and made it the huge success that it was. It was a fun (and super heart-breaking) series while it lasted, and so much of that had to do with Colin. And he won a NTA for his role on the show! So that should tell you how amazing he was at playing Merlin! This is what really sky-rocketed his career, I imagine. He was just incredible.
I have seen clips of this film, but have yet to get my hands on the whole thing. But what I’ve seen has left me completely amazed.
“Byrne has also made a real discovery in Northern actor Colin Morgan, who will surely be on casting agents’ speed dial on evidence of his performance here” -Sunday World
“A real find is Colin Morgan, who brings a wiry, jittery energy to complement Meaney’s understatement.” -Entertainment
“The stand out performance is Colin Morgan as Cathal, who will actually break your heart.” -Culch
“Colin Morgan sheds any likeness to his television role as Merlin and creates a memorable drug addict that will break your heart.” -James Faust
As I, sadly, don’t live in London, I was unable to see Colin live in The Tempest at the Globe Theater. But I can pretty much guarantee that it was a great performance… as it was the GLOBE THEATER. This was the moment that I knew I was right in my assumption that Colin was going to go on to do great things after his Merlin career. I was a bit worried that he would stick mainly to theater, as he is apparently quite talented at it (so it wouldn’t have been a bad thing. But I would have missed seeing him perform), but those fears proved to be unfounded later on down the road. I have seen clips from this show and I love his interpretation of Ariel and his agility for the part- he obviously practiced so, SO much, and it was so profoundly different from Merlin that it was great to watch what I could get my hands on.
Again, I don’t live in London, so I wasn’t able to see this play myself. But the reviews were all extremely positive.
“The young cast are superb at playing these bruised apples who want to go bad. Colin Morgan is unrecognisable as their petulant scapegoat, Skinny.” -TimeOut
“Merlin’s Colin Morgan is an accomplished study in human weakness as Skinny, his eventual fate played with precision and pathos.” -RadioTimes
Considering how strong Colin’s accent is in real life (which blew me away when I first heard him speak as himself, as I was used to his higher-pitched, British, Merlin voice), I was so excited when I learned that he would be seriously changing things up as the voice of Newt in the BBC radio program Good Omens. He has such a strong Irish lilt, that I was like, how is he going to enunciate for radio?! How is he going to change up his voice this much?! I was silly to have worried. He was laugh-out-loud funny in this, and gave so much to his character. At this point in his career, I realized that he was making some seriously good casting choices and never disappointed with his performance, so I was basically inhaling anything he was putting out there. So even though I had never listened to a radio program in my life, I downloaded this to my iPod and gave it a go. And I was just blown away by how he could put so much character into just a voice. The things he can do by changing up his accent and pitch and intonation is just beyond logic. He’s incredible.
When Colin joined the (extremely talented) cast of The Fall, I was able to sit down and really watch his growth in a new role, as this was the first time I had seen him on television since Merlin. And I said to myself, “WOW. This boy is GOOD.” This part is so different from any he had done before (and that’s another thing that’s amazing about Colin- he challenges himself with each new role by doing something completely new every single time). And he is amazing at it. It’s on Netflix. Go watch. Go watch now.
The Testament of Youth
The way he prepared for this part warms my heart so much. It just speaks so highly of Colin Morgan as a professional and role model. It’s truly admirable.
“Given fewer complex notes to play, Harington and Egerton nonetheless don’t waste them; together with supporting standout Colin Morgan, wonderful as a less strapping soldier with an unrequited yen for the heroine, they movingly evoke the fast-fading bravado and ill-concealed terror of boys at war.” -Variety
“It was very important for me to portray Victor’s blindness accurately. I contacted Blind Veterans UK, which is a fantastic charity, and they kindly invited me in to learn more. I went down to the Blind Veterans UK centre in Brighton and they took me in just like the hundreds of new blind veterans they help every year. I was blindfolded as soon as I got to the centre and they then took me to their workshops, to their gym, and to their kitchen, where I was trained to do things like make a cup of tea. I spoke to one blind veteran who lost his sight in World War II. It was hugely valuable to me as an actor to research it, but also as a life experience as well, it was quite unique. I didn’t realise until I’d spoken to the people at Blind Veterans UK that there were so many blind people in the UK who have not registered for the charity’s free services and support. So if there is anyone who knows a blind ex-Service man or woman, I really urge you to tell them about Blind Veterans UK. They will provide fantastic help.” –Colin Morgan
New favorite. FAVE. FAVE. FAVE! Colin is just outstanding in this. He broke my heart and just pulled off all of the complex emotions of this character flawlessly. He should be a completely unrelatable character, considering he’s pretty much the only one of his kind (watch the show to find out what I mean), but while I was watching, I was like, “Yes! I understand! I get where you’re coming from! I understand your fears and hesitations and worries.” He just made me feel so much for his character and I loved all the scenes with Leo (second only to Anita/Mia).
You can see Colin next as the lead character in the BBC original horror, The Living and the Dead. I am so excited for this! I’m a sucker for horror TV. And add the cool aspect of this being a period drama and the fact that Colin has an outstanding record of great film projects, and I just know that this six-episode series is going to be fantastic.
Colin will also be back for The Fall season 3, he’ll be back for Humans season 2, he gave his time freely to film a short film coming out soon called The Laughing King, which is meant to raise awareness about depression and male suicide, and he has many, many other projects coming up that I honestly can’t even keep up with because he’s so amazing and everyone wants to work with him- obviously.
You guys, I know I’m biased because I’m a big fan of his work, but Colin Morgan is someone to watch out for. He’s an incredible actor, you can see how dedicated he is to his work in the final project every single time, and he’s a role model in so many ways. I just wanted to write something up about how much I appreciate his work and to show my support and spread as much positive energy for him out there as I could. And I hope some of that positive energy will rub off on you! Go enjoy Colin’s work if you haven’t already. It will make your life brighter- I can pretty much guarantee it.