Tom Hopper posted this image of the BBC Merlin peeps to Instagram on 18 January 2019. From left to right: our Rupert (Leon); Bradley James (Arthur); Eoin Macken (Gwaine); Tomiwa Edun (Elyan); and Tom (Percival).
Rupert was interviewed by Chris Daniel for Kapow! to mark the tenth anniversary of BBC Merlin.
“I was always interested in the stories of King Arthur and Merlin growing up, but I definitely became more immersed in it after becoming involved with the show,” Young said. …
“Merlin definitely opened doors for me,” Young said. “Being in a worldwide hit show definitely has got me into audition rooms I wouldn’t have got in before and so pretty much all of the jobs I’ve had since the show finished, I probably wouldn’t have had the opportunity to audition for had it not been for the show”. …
“What surprised me most was how well the series was received,” Young concluded. “I always knew I was joining a great show with brilliant people and a fantastic story that people would enjoy, but the sheer volume of people who watched it and connected with it from all over the world was staggering.”
You can read the full interview here.
Chris also interviewed Rupert’s Merlin colleague Alex Vlahos the previous week; you can read that interview here.
It was the tenth anniversary since Merlin first aired on BBC One, on 20 September 2018. We were all feeling sentimental – including Bradley James, who Tweeted the above shot of cast and crew at the Chateau de Pierrefonds. Rupert is there in his Sir Leon costume. Bradley said:
10 Years since #Merlin aired for the first time. One of the first things my memory jumps to is great times with our crew. Not all pictured but much missed. Many a laugh shared with a team who became family (and they put up with me for 5 years 🏅)
Bradley also shared the following photo of Arthur and some of the Knights, including Leon, on Instagram.
Just sat round the fire 🔥reminiscing ⚔️🛡🐉🤴🏼. Night all #10YearsofMerlin
Happy Merlin-versary, all!
update: Rupert was interviewed by Chris Daniel for Kapow! to mark the tenth anniversary.
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!
At last! A line of Sir Leon merchandise!!!
The whimsically talented artist RedScharlach has now included Sir Leon among her lovely Merlin crew. All the related goodies can be found on RedBubble.
Follow the link, and you’ll see the greeting card option. Scroll down, click Available Products if it’s not already selected, and you’ll see all the goodies available featuring Sir Leon.
- t-shirts, sweatshirts and hoodies in a range of styles and colours
- cases for iPhone, iPad and Samsung Galaxy
- cushion covers and acrylic blocks
- mugs and travel mugs
- tote bags and drawstring bags
- greeting cards, postcards and stickers
- spiral notebooks and hardcover journals
The sticker doesn’t appear on the page linked above, but you can find it here.
It’s worth noting that Sir Leon is also included in the Team Merlin group, along with darling Gaius and the other regular characters. And what serendipity that Sir Leon (on his own) is featured against a purple background – my favourite colour! … My credit card just took a right hammering!
Hanging at Supanova Adelaide with … Rupert Young!
A follow-up interview by Sosefina Fuamoli for The Iris during Rupert’s attendance at the Supanova cons in Australia.
I was having breakfast with Louise Brealey today and we were laughing and saying, ‘We’re in Australia, having breakfast. How amazing is this?’ It’s brilliant.
Read the full article here.
In the lead-up to Rupert’s attendance at the Supanova conventions in Australia, he was interviewed by Angela Allan.
There is nothing better than being part of a loyal band of brothers which us knights became and my favorite moments were – aside from sword fighting – when we were in our cloaks and on horses galloping into the castle in France. There would usually be school parties watching filming or looking around and when they saw us ride in they would look at us in awe. You couldn’t help but feel pretty cool.
The full interview can be found at Soot Magazine.
Rupert Young talks the popularity of Merlin ahead of Supanova and plans for 2015
An interview by Sosefina Fuamoli for The Iris in the lead-up to Rupert’s attendance at the Supanova cons in Australia.
I mean, how often do you get to be in a show that, two years after you finish filming, people still want to meet you and still care about it? It’s very humbling.
Read the full article here.
Merlin Italiano, a Facebook page for Italian Merlin fans
Bradley James fanpage, a Facebook page dedicated to Merlin actor Bradley James