Merlin star Katie McGrath talks about playing evil Morgana

by Lynn Connolly

Katie McGrath, who plays Morgana in Merlin, has told What’s On TV a little more about playing the role, and how her character will react to her father, King Uther’s (Anthony Head) forthcoming death.

First of all, when asked if Morgana is even more evil in the current series, Katie said, “Well, I’m the worst person to talk about this because I don’t really believe she’s evil.

“I think she’s more a victim of her circumstances. She was persecuted in a kingdom that if they knew about her magical ideas, they’d have killed her.

“She and her father King Uther are actually very similar, but have very different viewpoints on magic – he’s totally against and she is for it.

“She’s not bad, she’s just confused!”

WOTV adds, “In this week’s episode, when King Uther defends his son Arthur from an attack by sinister circus-master The Gleeman (Phil Davis), he’s gravely wounded. But does Morgana play a role in her father’s eventual death?”

To which Katie replied, “Yes, she does something that helps to see him off, but it’s not entirely her fault!

“It’s a means to an end. It’s done in a kind of Jack Bauer-in-24 situation – sacrificing one for the many.

“Morgana makes tough decisions and that’s why she’d be a good ruler if that ever happens. She’d definitely be better than her half brother Arthur!”

And finally, when asked if she’s enjoying such a dark role, Katie said, “Who doesn’t love a bad girl?

“After playing her for three series as good, bad and evil, I can say that bad girls definitely have more fun!

“I’m enjoying this series so much because she’s got a clearer path. She’s not just sitting in her cave cackling, she’s trying desperately to do something she believes in…”

Merlin continues on Saturday, October 15, at 8.15pm.


Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.