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Cardiff Film & Comic Con (2014)

I had an absolutely marvellous day on the Sunday of the Cardiff Film and Comic Con, due in no small part to the presence of Rupert ‘Fabulous’ Young, and keeping company with Karen, one of my many fellow Merlin!fan stalwarts. Unfortunately we never saw our mate Nick. (Where were you, Nick…?)

Early Birds

My first task (and I chose to accept it) was to seek Rupert’s autograph.

Rupert from the Gay Times photo shoot by Leigh Keily
Rupert from the Gay Times photo shoot by Leigh Keily

I was there early, so the queues were very reasonable, and dear Rupert could take the time to chat to each of us. Not realising that he was also doing a Q&A later, I took the chance to quiz him rather!

The first thing to note is that his hair is cut quite short at the moment – he joked that, like Samson, he feels quite weak now. He said it had been for a part. However, he kept his NY baseball cap on the whole time, so I’m afraid I can’t report on the full effect!

I asked him about the Doctor Who credit that had suddenly appeared on his IMDB page – and he said it wasn’t true at all! He has no idea where that came from. So I will have to demote my post about it. (What shall I call such things? False positives…? Lies, damned lies, and rumours?)

Rupert is currently considering two offers of acting work, only one of which he will be able to accept due to clashing timeframes. One is a TV show and the other is a theatre play. He seemed in a genuine quandary – though later in the Q&A he seemed to be leaning towards the play. But it’s great to know he’s in such demand!

As we’d heard, Rupert was filming something late last year, but he seemed unsure as to whether anything would eventuate, or if/when the film appears whether his role would be included or cut. So that’s half tantalising and half frustrating!

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Bunbury Celebrity Cricket Match, London (2013)

Rupert was due to play cricket in the Bunbury Celebrity Cricket Match at Widford on Sunday 25 August. Click here for a flier or visit the Ware Cricket Club website. In the event, however, it seems that Rupert couldn’t make it on 25 August – we’re not sure why – but Bradley James (King Arthur, BBC Merlin) very nobly stepped up to the plate on his behalf! What a trouper. ♥ Thanks to various online friends for the info!

Rupert played in another Bunbury Celebrity Cricket Match in London on Monday 9 September. Visit the Coming Home website for more information.

ColdCon2, London (2013)

Rupert was one of the special guests attending this small con, at which Eoin Macken (Gwaine in Merlin) and Tom Hopper (Percival) screened their film Cold. I wrote about the con at some length on the Merlin Locations website here.

I will have some more photos to post, including some of Rupert, but in the meantime here’s a lovely one of our darling man with two rather happy fans!

Julie, Rupert and Shell (by Robin)
Julie, Rupert and Shell (by Robin)

MCM Comic Con, Manchester (2013)

Rupert attended this convention, along with fellow knights Tom Hopper and Eoin Macken.

Julie’s report

I attended MCM Comic Con in Manchester today. And I’m going to cut right to the chase, because it’s been a very very long day, and the con was madly crowded – but then at least it wasn’t as unbearably hot as I feared it would be, given that Britain seems to be very efficiently packing a full summer into a couple of weeks!

After almost two hours of queuing to get in and then queuing some more for the Knights’ autographs, I finally caught a glimpse of Rupert, and suddenly things seemed a little brighter. Strange how that works, huh? Tom Hopper, Rupert Young and Eoin Macken were all in attendance. They were all their own lovely selves. Tom was first on the table. I asked him how he’d enjoyed Australia, and he replied very enthusiastically. He was looking very fit and tanned, but when I asked he said it was a British tan! Not surprising, really, but a little ironic.

Rupert was next, and again we talked about Australia; he asked me where I’d lived there (Canberra), and said he’d visited Perth before and enjoyed it very much this time as well. Eoin leaned in when the fan before me moved on, and after a beat said to me rather pointedly, ‘I enjoyed Australia, too, you know.’ LOL! I asked him about when he was doing the poetry recordings for the Cold crowdfunding perks, and he said in the next couple of weeks. He remembered that I’d sent him my choice already. They are lovely fellows, though unfortunately both Rupert and Eoin were hiding away under baseball caps and seemed a little quieter than usual – but no doubt they had their reasons!

Well, you’d think I’d be used to all this by now, but I was all a-flutter…

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MCM Expo, Birmingham (2013)

Yesterday I did hie me to the MCM Expo in Birmingham, to see the Merlin Knights: Alexander Vlahos (Mordred), Eoin Macken (Gwaine) and Rupert.

My husband is currently working in Birmingham, so he decided to stay on an extra day. I stayed with him at his hotel on the Friday night, and then he went to work on Saturday while I went to the con. We’d agreed that he would pick me up at about 3pm, after the Merlin Knights panel. All of which is probably of no interest to you, dear Reader, but it does have a bearing on how my day went!

And the day was a very very long one, with hours and hours of queuing, rewarded by fleeting moments of sheer joy. At times I almost lost the will to live. However, I got to chat with my fellow lovely Merlin fans, and it all ended on an unexpected high note, so it’s all good.

autograph queue

I rocked up around 10am, and bought my ‘official photo shoot’ tickets. Then headed to the autograph session to find that the con organisers were already closing the queue, which was huge. The fannish response for our beloved knights was absolutely massive throughout the day, and perhaps surprised everyone. Queues had to be closed; the photo shoots sold out; the seating for the panel was chock-a-block. I’m sure heaps of people missed out one way or another, which is very sad-making. So much for the ‘demise’ of Merlin the show! Obviously the fannish love continues strong.

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National Television Awards, London (2013)

A very dapper looking Rupert attended the National Television Awards at the O2 in London on 23 January 2013. The event was broadcast live.

Also there were his Merlin colleagues Colin Morgan – who won Best Drama Performance Male for his role in Merlin – Bradley James, Eoin Macken, Alexander Vlahos, and executive producer Johnny Capps. Unfortunately Merlin didn’t win the Best Drama award.

Rupert tweeted about the experience:

An amazing night at the NTA’s. Shame Merlin didn’t win but they got it right with best actor. Colin is a legend and a worthy winner.

Alexander Vlahos, Eoin Macken, Rupert, and Bradley James at the NTAs
Our marvellous Merlin men: Alexander Vlahos, Eoin Macken, Rupert, and Bradley James at the NTAs
  • Screenshot captured by Kay. All rights belong with NTA and broadcaster ITV.