I wanted to be respectful and considerate of BBCOne which originally aired the show in the United Kingdom with an appropriate description about the show. However, this is all that BBCOne is saying about the show these days: Fantasy drama based on the legend of King Arthur and Merlin. The SyFy channel here in the States was a little more descriptive: The mythical city of Camelot, in a time before history began. A fantastical realm of legendary beasts and mysterious peoples. The kingdom is ruled by Arthur, with his kind wife Gwen at his side. Little does Arthur know his destiny is to be greatest kings in history, something his servant Merlin works to ensure. For Merlin is magic, and it is his destiny to protect Arthur. The challenge though, is that magic is outlawed, and Merlin must use his powers in secret. Together, Arthur and Merlin battle against the evil forces of the dark sorceress Morgana, who wants to claim Camelot as her own.
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|Collin Morgan||Merlin||This young warlock will one day grow into the most powerful wizard the world will ever know. For now he's just a young man, living in Camelot and working as King Arthur's manservant. Merlin must secretly use his magic to keep Arthur and the kingdom safe.|
|Bradley James||Prince/King Arthur||Blessed with good looks and outstanding fighting ability, Arthur is determined to be the best King he can as the future of Camelot rests on his shoulders.|
|Anthony Head||Uther Pendragon||Uther rules Camelot with an iron fist. He despises magic and all who use it, sentencing anyone he finds guilty of practicing it to death. Although magic brought him his son Arthur, he was left grief-stricken when his beloved wife died after giving birth. His intolerance of all enchantment means that good magic has been driven out with the bad, leaving Camelot vulnerable to evil.|
|Katie McGrath||Morgana Pendragon||As an orphan, the feisty Morgana was taken under Uther's protection and has always been treated as one of his own. But, after realising she has the gift of magic, her spirit has turned to bitterness against the King and his bloodthirsty attitude to those like her. Knowing Merlin dare not reveal the truth and risk exposing himself, she looks to her sister, Morgause, to guide her magic towards a dark purpose that could destroy Camelot.|
|Angel Coulby||Gwen||Gwen is Arthur’s Queen. Strong willed, beautiful and noble, she started her life in Camelot as a mere maidservant who captured Arthur’s heart. She now offers valuable counsel to him. Gwen is short for Guinevere.|
|John Hurt||Voice of the Dragon|
|Eoin Macken||Gwaine||Ladies’ man Gwaine is the cheekiest member of Arthur’s Round Table. But beneath all the jokes and fooling around lies a powerful Knight, who is a dab hand with a sword.|
|Tom Hopper||Percival||Sir Percival towers above all around him and he is renowned for his strength throughout Camelot. But his heart is as big as he is tall and this gentle giant would do anything to help those in need and protect his beloved Camelot.|
|Rupert Young||Sir Leon||The rock of the round table, Sir Leon inspires confidence and trust in everyone who knows him.|
|Santiago Cabrera||Lancealot||Lancelot is loved by all for his compassion, loyalty and sharp skills on the battlefield. It was his life-long dream to become a Knight of Camelot so he is determined to be the very best that he can. He is one of the only people to know Merlin’s secret and has vowed never to reveal the truth.|
|Richard Wilson||Gaius||As Camelot's humble court physician, Gaius is a trusted advisor to the King. But he is also Merlin’s guardian and one of the only people to know his secret. Gaius uses his unparalleled knowledge to help the young warlock keep the kingdom safe.|
|Alex Vlahos||Mordred||No longer the mysterious boy who came to Camelot all those years ago, Mordred is now a young man who has proved himself worthy of joining King Arthur's Round Table. Although a good few years have passed Merlin is still suspicious of his motives...|
|Adetomiwa Edun||Elyan||A skilled swordsman and a loyal brother to Guinevere. Trouble seems to follow this Knight wherever he goes but he’s always up for a challenge!|