Bradley James (born 11 October 1983) is an English actor from Exeter, Devon. He made his television debut in the ITVseries Lewis in 2008 and is best known for portraying King Arthur (previously Prince Arthur) in the BBC television program Merlin. He also recently starred in The CW's television series iZombie. Currently, he will star on the upcoming series Damien on A&E.
Bradley James was born in Exeter, Devon. He and his family then moved to Jacksonville, Florida when he was nine years old. During his time there, he attended Crown Point Elementary School and then Fletcher Middle School, before attendingMadeley High School in Madeley, England.
James is a fan of football and participates annually in sporting charity events. When he was younger, he wanted to be either a footballer or an actor. In August 2014 James took part in the 'Ice Bucket Challenge' to raise money for charity.
James first appeared in an episode of Lewis in 2008 and also played the part of Ben in the BBC Three drama Dis/Connected.
He trained at the Drama Centre London. His breakthrough came when he was chosen to play Prince Arthur, who later becomes the legendary King Arthur, in the BBC One fantasy TV series Merlin. Merlin has been a consistent hit series in the US; its first series was shown on the broadcast network NBC and its second, third, fourth, and fifth series on NBC's affiliate cable networkSyfy. Merlin ended its 5-year run on BBC One.
James and co-star Colin Morgan went on an exploration of Arthurian legends for BBC Wales, The Real Merlin & Arthur, in 2009.
James also guest starred as Edgar in the fourth season of the Emmy Award winning political thriller television series Homeland, which premiered in fall 2014 on Showtime.