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Former Merlin star Colin Morgan tells us about his intriguing new role in the final episode of BBC1′s crime drama Quirke…
How would you describe your character, Jimmy?
“Jimmy in the screen version is actually very different from the character in the book. On screen he’s quite ambitious and playful. He’s very flirtatious with Phoebe – Quirke’s daughter, who is his friend. You aren’t really sure whether you can trust him. There’s a lot of conflict going on there between his emotional commitment to his friends and his professional ambitions as a journalist. We see a darker side to him when those two aspects are combined. He’s forced to confront his friends over things and that tells us a lot about his character.”
When his friend, April, goes missing, how does Jimmy react?
“Phoebe feels that something’s wrong and they need to do something whereas Jimmy is a bit more ‘it’s fine, just relax’. They’re very different in their approaches to things, but I suppose the question is whether Jimmy is trying to downplay things so he can have a story for himself. The story that emerges about April, their friend, is really pretty meaty. It’s a question of whether he does know something all along. I think he does care for his friends, but the journalistic side to him is really hungry for a story too.”
And how does Jimmy get on with Quirke?
“I think Jimmy really respects Quirke, he is intrigued by him, he’s a crime reporter and Quirke is a pathologist so their professions are quite intrinsically linked yet I don’t think Quirke is too keen on ever talking to people like Jimmy. I think Quirke is very guarded around Jimmy.”
There is a suggestion that Jimmy could be a suspect in the case…
“I liked the playful aspect to him, a darker aspect to him and the question of whether he’s a suspect. I thought it would be an interesting thing to work on and be a part of.”
How are you feel about Merlin now, which ended last year? Do you miss it?
“Yeah, for me it’s about moving forward now I suppose. I had fantastic support over the years from fans of Merlin so I do hope fans of the show will tune in and enjoy Quirke.”
Colin Morgan appears in Quirke on Sunday, June 8 at 9pm on BBC1.
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Colin Morgan and Thom Rhys Harries have joined the previously announced West End revival of Jez Butterworth’s Mojo. Directed by original helmer Ian Rickson, the production will begin performances on October 26, with an official opening night on November 13. Mojo will play a limited engagement through January 25, 2014.
Morgan, who plays Skinny, is best known for playing the title role in the BBC’s long-running series, Merlin. His other TV credits include Doctor Who and Elegy for April. Morgan’s theater credits include The Tempest, Our Private Life, All About My Mother and the title role in Vernon Little God. Harries will play Silver Johnny. His theater credits include The History Boys and Torch Song Trilogy. His film credits include Ironclad: Battle for Blood and Hunky Dory.
In addition to Morgan and Harries, the cast of Mojo stars Rupert Grint as Sweets, Brendan Coyle as Mickey, Ben Whishaw as Baby and Daniel Mays as Potts.
Set in a seedy nightclub in the fledgling rock ‘n’ roll scene of the ‘50s, Mojo tells the story of a rising rock star, a jealous manager, a scheming gangster, an ambitious club owner, a kidnapping and a murder that ties it all together. The show is a dark comedy about the sleazy underworld and power games of London’s infamous music district.
Mojo opened in 1995 in the West End and went on to win the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy.
Tickets are now on sale for The Tempest at Shakespeare’s Globe, starring Merlin‘s Colin Morgan and Olivier Award-winning Roger Allam.
Morgan plays Ariel and Allam Prospero in the new production, which runs from April 23 (Shakespeare’s birthday) until August 18.
As well as Jessie Buckley as Miranda, the cast also includes Jason Baughan, Sam Cox, Pip Donaghy, Trevor Fox, James Garnon, Peter Hamilton Dyer, Joshua James, William Mannering, Sarah Sweeney and Amanda Wilkin.Director Jeremy Herrin returns to the Globe after his 2011 production of Much Ado About Nothing.
The design is by Max Jones and composition from Stephen Warbeck.
Tickets are priced from £5 to £39 and available online, via the 020 7401 9919 phone line, and in person on Mondays to Saturdays 10am to 6pm (8pm on performance days) and Sundays 10am to 5pm (7pm on performances days).
Setting The Scene events with pre-performance talks take place on Thursday April 25, Thursday May 9, Tuesday May 14 and Thursday May 23.
Talking Theatre events with post-matinee Q&A sessions are on Wednesday May 8, Wednesday May 15, Saturday May 18, Saturday June 29 and Wednesday August 7.
Study day featuring scholars and theatre artists offering historical, practical and theatrical contexts to the play is Saturday June 15, and the ChildsPlay performance is on Saturday May 18.
Merlin‘s Colin Morgan is to star in a production of The Tempest at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.
The 27-year-old actor, who won the award for ‘Male Performance’ at the National Television Awards last month, will play Ariel on stage from April 23 this year.
Other names announced for the production include Olivier award-winning actor and star of The Thick of It Roger Allam and former I’d Do Anything contestant Jessie Buckley.It was recently announced that Morgan will guest star in an episode of new BBC drama Quirke as Jimmy Minor alongside Gabriel Byrne.The series is set in the 1950s, and will star Byrne as a pathologist from Dublin.Speaking at the NTAs, Morgan revealed that the rumoured Merlin movie is unlikely to happen.
Source: Digital Spy.
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