As Merlin comes to an end, you might be wondering what to do without Colin Morgan, Bradley James and the rest on your screens. But don’t worry, Hypable’s got your back!
We know first hand how attached fans of shows become to the stars, and it makes total sense considering how much time we’ve spent with them! An hour a week, plus all the Tumblr-ing and YouTube-ing… It’s hard to suddenly have to quit this bunch cold turkey.
But while this is the end of Merlin, it’s not the end of these talented actors’ careers – at least we very much hope not! They’ve also built up an impressive collective portfolio of past roles, so if you’re really struggling to let go, we suggest you just start from one end and work your way through. (But set aside a bit of extra time – or a few months – for Richard Wilson.)
We’ve tried to select a few key roles for each of the main actors, hopefully that’ll get you started! Feel free to suggest your favourite roles for each actor in the comments, and tell us which of these you’ve already seen.
Cheat code: You can also just watch Doctor Who - so far that series has seen appearances by Colin Morgan, Richard Wilson, Anthony Stewart Head, Angel Coulby and Tom Hopper!
Doctor Who (2008)
Although Colin Morgan only appeared on one episode of Doctor Who, this is probably the role he is most remembered for other than Merlin. Morgan guests in the episode “Midnight” as Jethro, the angsty teenager who both contributes such brilliant, well-delivered one-liners as “We’ve broken down… in the MIDDLE OF NOWHERE!” and an incredibly disturbed, harrowing paranoia as the passengers aboard the small space vessel struggle with an alien who has taken over one of their bodies. This is a must-watch for Colin Morgan fans.
At heart, this award-winning Irish dramedy tells the tale of an unlikely bond formed between a struggling middle-aged man and a troubled youth. Colin Morgan delivers a stunning performance as young homeless drug addict Cathal O’Regan who befriends middle-aged Fred Daley (Colm Meaney) after Fred, who has been living out of his car since he got laid off from his job, ends up parked next to Cathal’s car in the same lot. Though completely different from Merlin, fans are sure to enjoy both Morgan’s quirky portrayal of Cathal and the way his relationship with Fred changes the way both characters see the world.
Bonus: Mystery project starting up in January
Merlin may be ending in just a few days, but it seems as though Colin’s plan is to hit the ground running. Though Mr. Morgan is keeping tight-lipped about whatever he’s got coming up next, he revealed recently in an interview that he’ll be starting on a new project this January. We’re excited to see just what role Colin’s got coming up next!
Inspector Lewis (2008)
Here’s a must-watch for Bradley James fans: the actor’s first TV role was on Inspector Lewis, in the episode “Music to Die For.” James played Jack Roth, a bare knuckle fighter who has a lot of intense scenes in the boxing ring. We don’t really remember the whodunit of it all, but we do know that boxing just got a lot more appealing.
Fast Girls (2012)
Remember Bend it Like Beckham? This is like that, but with running. You shouldn’t watch Fast Girls just for Bradley James, seeing as his role is fairly minor – but he’s definitely a contributing factor to why this is a great movie! Fast Girls is very inspirational, and gathers together some of BBC’s best young talent (the film also stars Doctor Who’s Noel Clarke and Being Human’s Lenora Crichlow). Plus, James plays the romantic interest of the lead character, so expect some truly adorable moments that’ll seriously make you consider joining a track team.