It was broadcast on BBC One from 20 September 2008 to 24 December 2012 for a total of 65 episodes. Merlin - A Herald of the New Age ... BBC News: On set with Merlin cast and crew. THE GOLDEN AGE Season five Is over Now Arthur must come back to Life! ok, so i now know the age of them all, i worked it out (connections), in the first series Merlin was like 16 or 17 :P. My feeling has always been that in the first episode. Well Arthur was coming of age, so 21. I'd had probably said Merlin was around 18 when he came to Camelot, but that just my opinion. Okay :) Yeah, I also believe that... ^w^, Hmmm... not sure about the rest of characters but first day Merlin arrived to Camelot it was 20th anniversary of imprisoning the Dragon (so 20 years ago Balinor helped Uther and then he escaped to Ealdor) which means Merlin could be a bit more than 19 years old then ;). The Great Dragon (voice of John Hurt) tells Merlin that he has an important destiny: To protect Uther's son, Arthur, who will return magic to Camelot and unite the land of Albion. Artur is now 22, because in first series he was 21, I strongly believe Merlin and Arthur are the same age - 20-21. they are supposed to be young adults so i would say 20-23.  Doctor Who's chief writer Russell T Davies had been an important influence on the tone and style of Merlin. So I agree with the rest of you- in their twenties. I agree. My father says that Colin Morgan is one of those 'ageless' actors. Series one and two were released on DVD in the United Kingdom, United States, and Australia. I don't own Merlin, the BBC does. its really hard to guess da ages>>bt i guess dat merlin is may be 20.>>>arthur- 22...gwen-21.nd morgana may be 21, I think that morgana is older than arthur why else would she say she's the rightful hier. Italics are thoughts. RELATED: 10 Fantasy Shows If You Like Outlander.  CGI special effects for the series were provided by The Mill. In 2015, James was cast as a villain in Underworld: Blood Wars. It may seem longer because we grew attached to the series and its characters after five seasons (2008-2012). The show was picked up by the BBC in 2006. Angel Leonie Coulby (born 30 August 1980) is an English actress in film, television, and theatre. Arthur wont be 22 he will be 23 because series 3 is a year after 2. I know for a fact Arthur was twenty years … Merlin BBC Series 6. Years active. She is best known for portraying the character Gwen in the BBC fantasy series Merlin (I know how old the actors are but what age do you think their characters are?). For series 1 (Nom), 2009: TV Quick Awards - Best New Drama (Won), 2010: TV Quick Awards - Best Family Drama (Nom), 2010: British Academy Film Awards - Best Visual Effects (Nom), 2010: British Academy Film Awards - Best Design (Nom), 2010: British Academy Film Awards - Best Director - Film/Drama (Nom), 2010: Monte-Carlo Television Festival - Outstanding Actress - Drama Series: Angel Coulby (Nom), 2010: Monte-Carlo Television Festival - Outstanding Actor - Drama Series: Colin Morgan (Nom), 2010: Monte-Carlo Television Festival - Outstanding Actor - Drama Series: Bradley James (Nom), 2011: British Academy Film Awards - Best Visual Effects (Won), 2011: Monte-Carlo Television Festival - Outstanding Actor - Drama Series: Colin Morgan (Nom), 2011: Monte-Carlo Television Festival - Outstanding Actress - Drama Series: Katie McGrath (Nom), 2011: TV Quick Awards - Best Actor: Colin Morgan (Nom), 2011: TV Quick Awards - Best Family Drama (Nom), 2012: National Television Awards - Most Popular Drama Series (Nom), 2012: Royal Television Society - Best Sound: Drama (Nom), 2012: Television and Radio Industries Club Awards - TV Drama Programme of the Year (Nom), 2012: TV Quick Awards - Best Actor: Colin Morgan (Nom), 2012: TV Quick Awards - Best Family Drama (Nom), 2013: SFX Awards - Best Actor: Colin Morgan (Won), 2013: SFX Awards - Best Actress: Katie McGrath (Nom), 2013: Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films - Best Youth-Oriented Series on Television (Nom), 2013: National Television Awards - Most Popular Male Drama Performance: Colin Morgan (Nom), 2013: National Television Awards - Most Popular Drama (Nom), 2015: Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films - Best DVD/Blu-Ray Television Release Its use is punishable by death, forcing Merlin to keep his magical powers secret from everyone in Camelot other than his mentor Gaius. I reckon that Arthur is the oldest because he's so protect over the others, like an older brother. It is a mainstay on Netflix in both the US and the UK. When only Kilgharrah remained, Uther Pendragon convinced the Dragonlord Balinor to call him to Camelot so t… A trailer was prepared in advance for television, cinemas, and online.. Ni… Near the end of the Great Purge, Gaius had helped Balinor, a Dragonlord, escape the slaughter of his people and arranged for him to stay with Hunith. As intended, he had Arthur see him "plant" a pouch, before he tried to escape but was captured by the Knights of Camelot. He obviusly didn´t know that Hunith was pregnant when he left, so Merlin can´t be more than 19 years old when the series start. When Merlin needed to save his best friend, Gwen from being killed, he took on the appearance of Dragoon the Great. Merlin was being described as a young boy, and in the script he is the same age as Morgana...who is under the age of 20 because Uther said in an episode about the great purge 'before you were born'. High quality Merlin Bbc gifts and merchandise.  In March 2011, this was revised, and the fourth series was extended to the standard 13 episodes. Take this quiz to find out! Use the HTML below. Everyone else had their Golden Age (although most of it happened during the gap between seasons 4 and 5), but Merlin only came into his power at the very end, when Arthur’s reign was over. Merlin BBC Series 6. I think that arthur and merlin are both 22 years old and so is morgana maybe a year older but gwen is either also 22 or 20/21.  If you think about the time-line of The Great Purge, Arthur should have been 20 in season one, 21 in season 2. 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He discovers that the king, Uther Pendragon (Anthony Head), outlawed magic twenty years earlier in an event known as the Great Purge and imprisoned the last Dragon deep under the castle. It is soon revealed that he had been injured during his escape becomes sick from infection as a result.  The fourth series was broadcast in the United States on the Syfy Channel "in early 2012. Accessibility links ... BBC One Merlin finale trailer. I do know that Arthur is twenty.  The Shine version of the project was put into development in late 2006, commissioned by Controller of BBC One Peter Fincham and BBC Head of Fiction Jane Tranter, with Fincham keen on having more series on his channel which embodied "three generation TV – that's TV you can watch with your grandparents and children. Merlin was born to Hunith and Balinor in Ealdor, a small outlying village in the kingdom of Essetir. On 19 September 2009, series 2 began airing on BBC One. When Uther’s wife Ygraine could not conceive an heir to the throne of Camelot, Uther struck a bargain with the High Priestess, Nimueh, which would allow her to conceive. Upon seeing his wax work, Morgan said, "Little did I think that when I visited Madame Tussauds as a kid that I would have the honour of having the same fantastic team making a wax figure of myself. Merlin is sent by his mother, Hunith (Caroline Faber), to Camelot to become the ward of Gaius. When I first saw Merlin I automatically assumed he was a young boy, not a young adult, but obviously that's a bit strange! But i thought Morgana was the offspring of Igraine and Gorlois, just like Morgause and Elaine...only Arthur is a half brother to them...But it remains that Morgana in both cases must be older than Arthur....and throughout the episodes you can see the,...the immaturity of Merlin in some cases, especially regarding Freya (he just didn't know what he was getting himself into, until the last moments).....as for Gwen, well she is very ambiguous at best regarding her age as portrayed by the episodes and it is no surprise as her "love" role is also ambiguous as she harbours sub-conscious love for Lancelot and at the same time is "infatuated" with Arthur...well (that's how i describe it)....so i'm not surprised if some think she's the oldest and at the same time others think she's youngest....but i opt for the former....as before... ^ No, Uther is Morgana's father and Gorlois's wife Vivienne is her mother... ;) We hear that in the 5 episode of season 3 ("The Crystal Cave") ;D, ok... :) but i was referring to the normal Arthurian legends....well let's just say they are in their early twenties....hihihi, ^^ Oh! Create a new Fanpop account! Inspired designs on t-shirts, posters, stickers, home decor, and more by independent artists and designers from around the world. He can easily play a 15 year old or a twenty-five year old. He comes to aid Arthur and Uther when he is already of old age. I also saw the interview in which they said Morgana was the eldest and Merlin being the youngest. The two fell in love, but Uther eventually discovered Balinor's whereabouts and sent men to arrest him. James went on an exploration of Arthurian legends for BBC Wales, The Real Merlin & Arthur, in 2009. © 2006-2020 Fanpop, Inc., all rights reserved.  This made it the first British drama in over 30 years to be shown on US network television, as opposed to PBS or cable. Merlin was a British fantasy-adventure drama television programme starring Bradley James as Prince Arthur and Colin Morgan as Merlin. In the show, it's the opposite. Accompanying box sets are featurettes, video diaries, and commentaries. It’s truly amazing and I can’t praise their hard work enough in creating such a brilliant life-like me.".  The series was broadcast in 183 countries  and is now streaming on platforms such as Netflix and Amazon Prime. He appeared to have sent Gaius, who was then the court sorcerer and physician, to the Isle of the Blessed to make a request on his behalf.  A ten-episode fourth series was confirmed on 2 October 2010 (though it was rumoured to air in early 2012, later than its usual slot in autumn) so that it would not clash with the BBC's other primetime drama Doctor Who which would possibly run during the same period. Syfy aired the third series in early 2011, after the conclusion of the initial broadcast on BBC. In this swords-'n'-sorcery series, Merlin is young and untrained, King Uther Pendragon is something of a despot, practicing magic is a crime punishable by death, and Prince Arthur is a spoiled bully. After 13 episodes, it ended on December 24, 2012. The dragons were hunted nearly to extinction during the Great Purge. , A documentary series called Merlin: Secrets and Magic explains how the series was created. The girls may be older, but they are all in the begining of their twenties. :D. I don't agree, I think Morgana seems to be older than Arthur. This is the name of the incredible TV series, for the character see Merlin. Something to say? Merlin (Colin Morgan) you mean like he played Dragoon the Great XD, A Member of Townsquare Entertainment News. In April 2008, United States broadcasting rights were purchased by NBC, where it was shown on Sundays at 8 pm (EST), starting 21 June 2009. UK publisher Attic Brand Media launched an official magazine for the show in September 2011 featuring articles, puzzles and a comic strip written by Damian Kelleher and drawn by Lee Carey. Probably 18 or 19. My sister thought Merlin looked 17ish, and I think Gwen and Morgana look about 20-23. Apart from the initial 50-minute special, which was broadcast directly after the series two premiere, and the first episode, shown first on the Sunday repeat, all new 50-minute episodes were shown after each Merlin episode repeat on Saturday, Sunday, Monday, or Friday evening on BBC Three.. After saving the prince's life, Merlin is appointed as his personal servant. Hmmm....well I have no idea! As the series start with the 20th anniversary of inprisoning the dragon, it means Merlin wasn´t born or "made" yet. Arthur grows from a young, self-absorbed boy to the mighty king in the legends, while Merlin develops into his colossal role as a magician helping to found the powerful Camelot. In this telling, Arthur's father Uther Pendragon has banned magic in Camelot. It stars Colin Morgan as Merlinand Bradley James as King Arthur Pendragon. The wax model cost £150,000, and the entire castle experience was part of a £3 million investment by the Merlin Entertainment Group to promote the show. All five series are available on DVD (and some on Blu-ray) in North America. Chapter One – Merlin's Age "Hey Arthur" yelled Gwaine from across the training field. Sadly, the show ended Christmas Eve in 2012 after five thirteen-episode seasons. Merlin was born in Ealdor, a small village on the outlying region of King Cenred's kingdom, to his mother, Hunith. It consists of 13 episodes per series with a running time of 45 minutes. Plot Edit. A Member of Townsquare Entertainment News, How old do you think Merlin, Arthur, Morgana and Gwen are? History Edit. 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Merlin ended its 5-year run in 2012. I asked Bradley on Facebook (on Formspring) and he said they are all early twenties! In the show, Uther Pendragon is still king and magic is outlawed. It was shown in the United States on NBC, though it later moved to the cable network Syfy. Merlin's Age [Colin Morgan's Age During Filming] Season 1: 16-18  Season 2: 17-19  Season 3: 19-21  Season 4: 21-23  Season 5: 25-27  (More leeway in age than Arthur, but this is the general idea anyways.) In Excalibur (Episode 9 Series 1) Arthur had come of age, so that would make him 21. According to Gaius, dragons were once close allies with Trolls (Beauty and the Beast). 1 Summary 2 Powers and Stats 3 Gallery 4 Others Morgause was the eldest daughter of Vivienne - who was also the mother of Morgana, thus making Morgause and Morgana maternal half-sisters. Merlin is confused on how to deal with … A Merlin attraction was created at Warwick Castle entitled Merlin: The Dragon Tower, which featured a walkthrough, a projection of Kilgharrah the dragon, Merlin from the BBC TV Series Merlin, or at least a true-to-life wax model-which was created with over 300 measurements—and a catalogue of reference shots of Colin Morgan. Photograph: Nick Briggs/BBC/Shine Ben … Merlin is a TV series that premiered in 2008.Produced by Shine Limited, the show was aired on BBC One in the UK and NBC (Season 1)/SyFy Channel(Season 2) in America. Merlin is sent to Camelot to secretly learn magic from Gaius, the court physician. It doesn't seem all that long since BBC AMERICA's Merlin came to an end, but in actuality it's been three years. If we interpret this as Merlin's coming of age (21) in the gap between seasons 3 and 4, then we have the following.  The monthly magazine cost £3.20 per issue and was distributed in UK newsagents. And quite a lot can happen in a few years' time. So Merlin and Morgana are 19 or less. The show is loosely based on the Arthurian legends of the young wizard Merlin and his extremely close relationship with King Arthur, but it differs from traditional versions. The age of Merlin, Arthur, Morgana and Gwen. Balinor was forced to flee Ealdor and left Hunith behind, unaware that she was pregnant with hi… James also guest-starred as Edgar in the fourth season of the Emmy Award winning political thriller television series Homeland in 2014. In 2012, it was announced officially that perhaps the fifth season was its last installment, which started with a two-part finale. I think right now for season 5 right now Arthur is the oldest and Merlin the Youngest.  Two Kent locations were also used: The Barons Hall and Garden Tower at Penshurst Place, and Chislehurst Caves for the first series. I'd say Morgana is about 22, Gwen 20 and Merlin 20 aswell but Merlin being the younger of the two. Parents need to know that Merlin takes place in a Camelot very different from the one portrayed in other versions of the King Arthur legend. Sign in with one of these options: Cookies help us bring you Fanpop. " In UK, the fourth series began on Saturday 1 October 2011. It débuts in the tenth episode of the third series. © 2006-2020 Fanpop, Inc., All Rights Reserved.  Behind the Magic, a two-part overview of making Merlin is included with the UK series one box set, while the documentary series, Secrets and Magic, is included with series two. When Merlin meets Arthur, Merlin believes that he is an arrogant bully and Arthur (Bradley James), likewise, has a less than stellar opinion of Merlin. I'd assume Gwen was about Merlin's age, a year or so younger than Morgana. The legal age to drink is 21, at least. Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? He is best known for playing the title character in the BBC fantasy series Merlin . Airing around the Christmas period, it was a family favourite with its weekly episodes that always had a series finale just before Christmas. US broadcaster NBC began airing Merlin on 21 June 2009; but, after a decline in viewers, it was moved to cable network Syfy, where it began broadcasting series 2 on 2 April 2010. Morgana was born after Arthur, Uther said so when he told Gaius about his affair with Vivienne, so that would make her more Merlin's age, 25 or 24 and I believe Gwen is of their peerage as well.