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Do you know if Colin is a Scottish name or Irish name? I've seen two different sources that both claim different things.


Hi! Colin Morgan is definitely a combination of Celtic, Gaelic, Irish and Welsh name. Here is what Wikipedia tell us about the surname “Morgan”: ”The surname Morgan has several different origins. The Welsh surname is derived from the Old Welsh personal name Morcant, which is of an uncertain origin. The Irish surname is an amalgamation of this Welsh surname, which was brought to Ireland in the Middle Ages, and several Gaelic surnames, most notably Ó Muireagáin. The Scottish surname is of an uncertain origin. It may, however, be derived from a Gaelic cognate of the Welsh Morcant already mentioned. Ultimately, Morgan’s origins are Celtic.”

While the name Colin is an anglicized form of the Gaelic name “Cailean" or "Coileàn" meaning "whelp", "cub" or "young pup".

Colin Morgan is a pure Irish Charm! 


Colin Morgan in Vernon God Little, 2007

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And an excerpt from a review that didn’t enjoy the play so much, but that did highlight Colin:

No doubt Ms Ronder worked just as hard cramming every scene from Mr Pierre’s novel into the script. So much so that we were still there three hours after the curtain had gone up (or hadn’t, actually, but that’s another story)

Interestingly there is an interview with DBC Pierre in today’sIndependent:

Apart from offering “Mexican swearing tuition”, [Pierre has] given director Rufus Norris a completely free hand with adapting the book. He hasn’t even read the script. “I’m not possessive of the content and I really don’t think you should put more than one artist on a job.”

Well, perhaps he should have read it as it might have restored his dwindling sense of ownership. Anyway, it goes on…

But he’s thrilled by the young actor Colin Morgan, who plays Vernon. “He’s absolutely spot on. I think it’s the first time I’ve had an image in my head of Vernon. I didn’t really picture him for the book. If you look in the text, all you know is that he has long eyelashes and dodgy hair.”

Vernon Gold LittleWhether Mr Pierre had actually met or even seen Colin Morgan (left) is not recorded but on this occasion at least Mr Pierre is spot on. Morgan (who has yet to graduate from drama school) gives a remarkably assured performance and manages his role as the dramatic centre of the piece with terrifying aplomb in one so young.



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