Rupert wrote an article for the BBC’s TV Blog website during the lead-up to the fourth season finale of Merlin. He talks about how he was cast for Sir Leon, and how the character has grown since then. Among other things, Rupert said:
Sir Leon started off as a very small role. I was only meant to be in one scene jousting Arthur, but at the read-through I was given a couple more lines. I arrived on the first day of filming series two, having learned my line for that day – “The King commands your presence immediately” – and when it came to my first take I fluffed it.
Julie took these photos of Rupert and the other lovely knights while they were filming BBC Merlin at the Chateau de Pierrefonds. You can see other photos from September here on the Merlin Locations Flickr page.
Julie was lucky enough to have watched BBC Merlin being filmed in Pierrefonds, France in May 2011. These are the photos she took of Rupert. You can see more photos from that time (and even more of Rupert!) on her Merlin Locations Flickr page here.
Rupert was absolutely awesome as Bobby in this musical by Stephen Sondheim.
Southwark Playhouse, London (2 February – 12 March 2011)
Director: Joe Fredericks
John Clum in Theatre Reviews (‘Best of 2011’, 21 December 2011): ‘This revivial of Sondheim’s classic musical … with Rupert Young making Bobby a real three-dimensional character was the best performance of this Sondheim classic I have seen.’
And John Clum earlier in Theatre Reviews (14 February 2011): ‘Rupert Young’s Robert is a troubled man with bad dreams. Facing thirty-five is clearly a crisis for him. Young brings more charisma and energy to Robert than any performer I have seen. He’s a very physical actor and his big moments really fill the theatre. Robert’s eleven o’clock number, “Being Alive” was not just a big song belted, but a real cry for help, sung beautifully but also acted. I only knew Young from supporting roles on stage and on television. This production proved he has real star quality. One understood why everyone loved Robert.’