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Who's had the most successful post-Merlin career?

Digital Spy (UK) logo Digital Spy (UK) 07/05/2018 Tom Eames

It's been nearly six long years since we last visited Camelot and caught up with the latest – and somewhat homoerotic – adventures of Merlin and Arthur.

Merlin ended in December 2012 after five seasons, but how have its main cast fared since then? For this list, we're focusing on the relative newcomers rather than legends such as John Hurt, Richard Wilson and Anthony Head, as we're kinda certain they were doing pretty well for themselves before Merlin came along.

13. Rupert Young (Sir Leon)

Thomas Kretschmann et al. posing for the camera: RUPERT YOUNG, as Sir Leon in Merlin, Then and now © BBC - Twitter RUPERT YOUNG, as Sir Leon in Merlin, Then and now

Since playing Sir Leon in Merlin, Rupert Young (not Will Young's twin brother, a different one) has stayed relatively quiet on the TV front. His only notable role was in an episode of The White Queen as Sir William Herbert, though he also appeared in the short-lived sexy Shakespeare drama Will as Sir Walter Raleigh. He has focused largely on theatre in the past four years, including a stint in High Society at London's Old Vic.

12. Michelle Ryan (Nimueh)

Michelle Ryan, Michelle Ryan posing for the camera: MICHELLE RYAN, as Nimueh in Merlin, then and now © BBC - Getty Images MICHELLE RYAN, as Nimueh in Merlin, then and now

She's still best known for playing Zoe Slater in EastEnders and for her US semi-success in Bionic Woman. But since a handful of episodes in Merlin, Michelle's been a mixed bag in the TV world. She featured in an episode of Doctor Who in 2009, was in the dodgy Gordon Ramsay romcom Love's Kitchen, and did comedy horror Cockneys vs Zombies and a few episodes of Covert Affairs. She also had a stint in Cabaret with Will Young on stage in 2012.

11. Adetomiwa Edun (Sir Elyan)

Adetomiwa Edun, Adetomiwa Edun are posing for a picture: ADETOMIWA EDUM, Sir Elyan in Merlin, Then and Now © Getty Images ADETOMIWA EDUM, Sir Elyan in Merlin, Then and Now

After Merlin wrapped, Adetomiwa featured in a four-episode arc of Bates Motel in the US as Marcus Young, and he had a small part as a trooper in the Cinderella movie, and as Mbui in the Nicolas Cage action romp Dying of the Light. He appeared in episodes of Death in Paradise, Doctor Who and Elementary.

10. Angel Coulby (Guinevere)

Angel Coulby, Angel Coulby are posing for a picture: ANGEL COULBY, as Guinevere in Merlin, Then and Now © BBC - Getty Images ANGEL COULBY, as Guinevere in Merlin, Then and Now

After playing Arthur's on-off love for four years, Angel soon landed a role in the miniseries Dancing on the Edge alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor, and has also voiced Kayo in Thunderbirds Are Go. She has also had recurring roles in The Tunnel and BBC drama Undercover.

9. Bradley James (Arthur)

Bradley James, Bradley James looking at the camera: BRADLEY JAMES, as Arthur in Merlin, Then and now © A&E Television Networks BRADLEY JAMES, as Arthur in Merlin, Then and now

Since playing everyone's favourite Arthur since Graham Chapman (sorry Clive Owen), Bradley has found some success across the pond. He featured in an episode of Homeland, and landed a recurring role in teen drama iZombie and the main part in the horror series Damien. After thaty he went on to Bounty Hunters and Medici: Masters Of Florence.

8. Tom Hopper (Sir Percival)

Tom Hopper, Tom Hopper are posing for a picture: TOM HOPPER, as Sir Percival in Merlin, Then and now © BBC - Getty Images TOM HOPPER, as Sir Percival in Merlin, Then and now

Tom has kept busy since playing the Round Table noble knight Percival, and his most high-profile role has been as Billy Bones, one of the main characters in the Starz big budget TV series Black Sails alongside Toby Stephens. He also teamed up with fellow knight Eoin Macken for his directorial project Leopard in 2013, and most recently you probably saw him as Samwell's more-favoured brother Dickon Tarly in Game Of Thrones.

7. Eoin Macken (Sir Gwaine)

Eoin Macken, Eoin Macken are posing for a picture: EOIN MACKEN, as Sir Gwaine in Merlin, then and now © BBC - Getty Images EOIN MACKEN, as Sir Gwaine in Merlin, then and now

Irish star Eoin is another Merlin actor who has since found success in the US, and currently leads the cast of NBC medical drama The Night Shift as Dr TC Callahan. He also appeared in the horror sequel Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (they're still making them, apparently).

6. Santiago Cabrera (Lancelot)

Santiago Cabrera, Santiago Cabrera posing for the camera: SANTIAGO CABRERA, as Lancelot in Merlin, then and now © Provided by Hearst Communications, Inc SANTIAGO CABRERA, as Lancelot in Merlin, then and now

Chilean actor Santiago was already a familiar face thanks to Heroes before Merlin came calling and cast him as the dashing Sir Lancelot - and he has since had several high-profile roles. He played Sal Price in Dexter, Diego in The Mindy Project, and most famously Aramis in the BBC's The Musketeers. He also featured in the mammoth blockbuster Transformers: The Last Knight, Sky Atlantic's Big Little Lies and Salvation.

5. Katie McGrath (Morgana)

Katie McGrath, Katie McGrath are posing for a picture: Katie McGrath, as Morgana in Merlin, then and now © BBC - Getty Images Katie McGrath, as Morgana in Merlin, then and now

She played the goodie-turned-baddie Morgana in Merlin, and Katie then landed an equally haunting role as Lucy Westenra in the Dracula TV series from 2013 to 2014. You'll probably know her best as playing PA Zara in Jurassic World (the one who had the horrible, pointless death), and returned to her roots with a small role in Guy Ritchie's King Arthur. She's currently starring as Lena Luthor in Supergirl.

4. Tom Ellis (Cenred)

Tom Ellis, Tom Ellis are posing for a picture: TOM ELLIS, as Cendred in Merlin, Then and Now © BBC - Getty Images TOM ELLIS, as Cendred in Merlin, Then and Now

Perhaps best known in the UK for playing Gary in Miranda, Tom has come a long way since his three episodes as Cenred in Merlin in 2010. Projects have included The Fades, Silent Witness, The Strain and Once Upon a Time(as the original Robin Hood). He led the cast of the short-lived US drama Rush, and he currently heads up Fox's Lucifer as the devil himself.

3. Alexander Vlahos (Mordred)

Alexander Vlahos, Alexander Vlahos looking at the camera: ALEXANDER VLAHOS, Mordred in Merlin, then and now © BBC - Getty Images ALEXANDER VLAHOS, Mordred in Merlin, then and now

After replacing Asa Butterfield as Mordred for the final few seasons, Alexander is now best known for playing Monsieur Philippe d'Orléans in the sexy period drama romp Versailles. He has also been a success in the theatre world, including in Kenneth Branagh's critically-acclaimed Macbeth.

2. Colin Morgan (Merlin)

Colin Morgan, Colin Morgan are posing for a picture: COLIN MORGAN, as Merlin, Then and now © BBC - Getty Images COLIN MORGAN, as Merlin, Then and now

The main man may not have tasted huge success in the US like many of his co-stars yet, but Colin has chosen his projects very wisely. He played Tom Anderson in The Fall in 2014, Leo in Humans, and starred in BBC One's horror series The Living and the Dead. On the big screen, he appeared as Frank Shea in Tom Hardy's Krays thriller Legend, and as The Duke of Blackwood in The Huntsman: Winter's War.

1. Asa Butterfield (Mordred)

Asa Butterfield, Asa Butterfield posing for the camera: ASA BUTTERFIELD, as Mordred in Merlin, Then and Now © BBC ASA BUTTERFIELD, as Mordred in Merlin, Then and Now

He only appeared in three episodes as the original Mordred, but that same year he played Hugo in the critically-acclaimed film The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. Since then, he's been a seriously sought-after young actor in Hollywood, having major roles in the movies Ender's Game with Harrison Ford, Martin Scorsese's Hugo (as Hugo), and Tim Burton's fantasy extravaganza Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. He was also a huge contender for Spider-Man before Tom Holland snagged it.

You'll see him soon in Slaughterhouse Rulez, the upcoming public-school comedy horror starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.

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