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.
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.
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.