Colin Morgan … Guardian Interview May 01, 2016 … A Celebration of TV’s Brightest Stars
For four years and 65 episodes of the BBC’s Merlin, Colin Morgan was playing mainly to children. Now he is making TV squarely aimed at grown-ups. To his ongoing turn opposite Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan in serial killer drama The Fall, last year he added a starring role in Humans, Channel 4’s acclaimed artificial intelligence thriller.
“When I did my research I discovered that what I’d read in the script wasn’t too far from reality. It’s pretty crazy,” he says. “The AI theme seems to be really in at the minute.”
Morgan’s other project for the coming year is The Living and the Dead, a new six-part drama for the BBC written by the team behind Life on Mars. Morgan plays the lead. “It’s set in 1894, during the industrial revolution. It’s about a man who inherits a family home, but when he returns to it he’s haunted by a horrific past. I’m looking forward to it. It really explores the line between what is psychological and what is paranormal and is not like anything I’ve done.”
Favourite recent shows: Fargo – I’m a massive Coen brothers fan and I loved the film, so it was exciting to see it work so well as a TV series.
Childhood TV: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Knightmare, the live-action immersive game show for kids.
Game show you’d appear on: I fear game shows – I don’t really like being put on the spot. I’ll say something obstacle-coursey, like Gladiators. Actually that’s getting absolutely pummelled by someone…