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“Quick & Dirty with Rupert Young” by Soot Magazine (2014)

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.

The Iris Interview (2014)

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.

“Rupert Young – Interview” by The Jitty (2013)

An interview with Rupert focussing on his work in Merlin – and on the fact he isn’t related to Will Young – by Abz and colleagues for The Jitty.

Some guy did show me a photo of Will Young with his brother Rupert, and he asked me if I could sign it and I was thinking “Can you not see we’re two different people”, it was very weird, anyway.

Read the full article here.

“‘Merlin’ spinoff about Sir Leon? Rupert Young is waiting” by RedEye Chicago (2013)

Another interview with Rupert prompted by the Merlin fifth season finale in the US – again by Curt Wagner for RedEye Chicago.

I’m waiting for my big moment, you know? I am waiting for the spinoff. I think it will be more ‘Games of Thrones,’ a little bit darker. So kind of a nine o’clock show. Maybe Starz can pick it up, make it a little bit more adult—more nudity.

Read the full article here.

ETA 21 May 2022: I have copied the full text below for the sake of preservation.


“Merlin” has ended its five-year run, but that doesn’t mean a knight can’t dream of more adventures in Camelot.

“I’m waiting for my big moment, you know?” Rupert Young said, laughing, during a recent phone call. “I am waiting for the spinoff. I think it will be more ‘Games of Thrones,’ a little bit darker. So kind of [a] nine o’clock [show]. Maybe Starz can pick it up, make it a little bit more [adult]—more nudity.”

Young played Sir Leon, one of the few Knights of the Roundtable still standing after the terrible battle at Camlann in the series finale that aired May 31 on Syfy. It’s quite an accomplishment for a character that, according to Young, was supposted to be in just one scene in the second season.

“Two years ago I got killed and then the Druids brought me back to life,” he said. “But that was a bleak time when you read the scripts and go, ‘What? All these knights are lying dead including Sir Leon?’ That was quite brutal. You think, ‘That’s a horrible trick. You’ve killed me off!'”

During most of the show’s five seasons, cast members wouldn’t get scripts until Friday and start filming the episode on a Monday, so they were never sure who was going to be killed off. “It’s a scary thing,” Young said. “You open the scripts and hope you’re going to be there.”

Because the final few episodes of the series were filming out of order, the cast knew a bit earlier than normal who would survive, Young said—and he was happy to see Leon shouting “Long live the Queen!” when Guinevere was crowned ruler of Camelot.

“It was lovely to be there, but it was quite a sad day in terms of knowing the few people who didn’t survive—that was quite hard work,” he said, then chuckled. “But deep down–you know what?–I am smug and I tend to see that Leon would singlehandedly ruin Camelot, but make it a fun place.”

Spinoff anyone?

“‘Merlin’ finale: Rupert Young talks Camelot, knighthood and more” by Los Angeles Times (2013)

Rupert did a Merlin fifth season finale interview with Noelene Clark for the Los Angeles Times ‘Hero Complex’ site. It’s worth a read!

Leon was always a stickler for rules, who would probably be really annoyed if he didn’t win Knight of the Year award every year.

You can read the full article here.

The Hypable site ran a pared down version of this interview here on 31 May, titled ‘The knight who wouldn’t die’.

ETA 21 May 2022: The LA Times article is no longer available. I’ve copied the shorter Hypable version below for the sake of preservation.


The knight who wouldn’t die: ‘Merlin’ actor Rupert Young reflects on playing Sir Leon

As Merlin wraps up its final season in the U.S., Rupert Young (Sir Leon) looks back on his time working on the series.

Not only do we mourn Merlin, which ended last December in the U.K., but also Leon, the spinoff show that never was.

The Hero Complex has a new interview with Rupert Young where he reflects on the series and recalls his best memories from the set.

Speaking about the show overall, Young shares his belief that Merlin improved from year to year. He says, “The first year was quite good, and the second year was definitely better, mostly because I joined [laughs]. And then it just got better and better.”

By season 4, “the format changed, and they shot it on a different kind of lens and different camera,” he explains. “Everything about it, the effects looked better, the stunts got better.”

Talking about his own character, Young provides a nice bit of new insight. “I always felt that Leon was kind of the annoying guy you’d have at school who did everything by the book,” he explains. “Leon was always a stickler for rules, who would probably be really annoyed if he didn’t win Knight of the Year award every year.”

As the longest-serving knight on the series, Young also remembers when each of the other knights would join the party.

“I remember one of the first days we were all together,” Young says, “riding into this castle with chain mail and cloaks and all of that, just looking ’round and going, ‘This is really cool.’ And there was a school party of 8-year-old French children looking up in awe, and we were like, ‘It’s pretty cool, isn’t it? Look at us.’ That was when we kind of bonded.”

“Rupert Young on ‘Merlin’: ‘We saw the show out in style'” by RedEye Chicago (2013)

Rupert was interviewed by Curt Wagner for the RedEye Chicago website as part of Merlin‘s fifth season finale promotion. This interview in particular is nice and in-depth! (I love how the first direct question is about his hair…)

You heard I played a donkey? That’s very good knowledge. Yeah, that’s when I realized I was destined to the stage, I think. My mother made me an amazing donkey ears. I was always taken to the theater with my mum to see things. Theater seemed really exciting to me. … I’ve been so lucky.

You can read the full article here.

ETA 21 May 2022: I’ve copied the full text below for the sake of preservation.


Rupert Young unofficially started his acting career playing a donkey at age 4, but on “Merlin” he’s been able to live the dream of a lot of youngsters.

“Every boy kind of grows up at some point in time having a sword fight or wanting to do it. So when you actually do it with real swords having these huge battles, it never ceases to be exciting,” said Young, who plays Sir Leon in the tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Roundtable. “It’s very rare that you grow up and you can actually take a picture of sword fights and watch them back and they actually look really cool. So we always loved doing that and then tried to make them more and more exciting as we went along.”

Continue reading “Rupert Young on ‘Merlin’: ‘We saw the show out in style’” by RedEye Chicago (2013)

“Exclusive: Rupert Young on the Merlin Finale and Sir Leon” by Fanhattan (2013)

Rupert was interviewed by Jenna Busch as the final episodes of Merlin were being broadcast in the United States. Among other things, Rupert said about the series finale:

I think we wouldn’t have done our job if people aren’t sad. I think people are going be satisfied. I think it could’ve gone on for another few series, but I think it’s good to end with people wanting more, so I think we end on a high.

You can read the full article here.