Tom Hopper (Sir Percival) was feeling as sentimental as the rest of us on this, the ninth anniversary of the first episode of Merlin being screened on 20 September 2008.
He posted the above photo on Instagram and waxed lyrical about the “instant brotherhood” formed between Arthur and the knights. Rupert is mentioned as giving Tom “tips on how to drink coffee and chat” – very civilised, is our Sir Rupert! And of course that’s him in Sir Leon’s casual gear in the centre of the photo at Arthur’s right hand.
Tom goes on to say to the Merlin fans, “I can’t thank you enough for the love.”
It’s our pleasure, Tom!
As you’ll have seen from previous posts, Rupert now has a showreel available on his page at Curtis Brown. You can also view it on Vimeo.
It’s nicely made, and includes a few surprises, so I thought I would break it down into clips. The links are to the pages on this site which feature the content.
 Businessman in an ad for Virgin Atlantic.
Then we segue into music: the song ‘Civilisation’ by Justice. I like the lyrics as a context for all these different roles!
 Sir Leon in TV series Merlin.
 Boyfriend (running backwards!) in a music video for the song ‘House of Glass’ by Worship.
 Unknown! A bit of urgent action, in regular shirt and trousers. (Sorry, I snagged the Vimeo icons there as well.)
 Mark Arlington in an episode of TV series Shameless.
Continue reading breaking down the showreel
Rupert’s new agents Curtis Brown have at last updated his page on their website, and included a wonderful new showreel!!! I’m really delighted with this – it’s nicely made, shows off a good range of what Rupert can do, and it includes glimpses of things I haven’t seen before. (I’ll go through it in detail, and screen-cap the new stuff soon, but not today.)
Meanwhile, here is the showreel, shared from Vimeo.
Rupert Young – SHOWREEL from Curtis Brown Group on Vimeo.
The name Rupert means “bright fame“, or so the Nameberry website tells me. The name originated as a German variation of Robert.
Nameberry goes on to say: “Rupert is a charming-yet-manly name long more popular in Britain … than in the U.S. Yet we can see Rupert as a more stylish, modern way to honor an ancestral Robert.”
Historical Ruperts include (all links lead to Wikipedia):
- Rupert of Salzburg, patron saint of salt miners
- Rupert of Bingen, patron saint of pilgrims. His feast day is 15 May, the day before our Rupert’s birthday – so maybe Rupert arrived in the world a little tardily…?
- Rupert, King of Germany
- Prince Rupert of the Rhine, “a noted German soldier, admiral, scientist, sportsman, colonial governor and amateur artist during the 17th century. … Rupert’s varied and numerous scientific and administrative interests combined with his considerable artistic skills made him one of the more colourful individuals of the Restoration period.”
- Rupert Mayer, “a German Jesuit priest and and a leading figure of the Catholic resistance to Nazism in Munich. In 1987 he was beatified by Pope John Paul II.”
- Rupert Brooke, First World War poet, and “the handsomest young man in England” according to WB Yeats
- Rupert Cambridge, Viscount Trematon
- Prince Rupert Lowenstein, financial manager to the Rolling Stones
And then there is the intriguing Prince Rupert’s Drop.
There are a number of other lovely actors named Rupert as well. Looks and talent must go with the name!
Fictional Ruperts include:
- Rupert Bear, a comic strip character in the UK
- Rupert Giles, a character in TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer, played by Merlin‘s Anthony Head
With thanks to Ihshan Iqbal @ihshaniqbal on Twitter!