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Elliot Knight is a British actor, best known for his role as the title character in the British television series Sinbad. He portrayed Merlin on the ABC fantasy television series Once Upon a Time and Wes Charles on The CW series, Life Sentence.

Elliot Knight
West Bromwich, West Midlands, UK
Alma materManchester Metropolitan University, Manchester School of Theatre
Years active2011–present
Known forSinbad, Once Upon a Time, How to Get Away With Murder
Height6 ft (182.9cm)


Early life and educationEdit

Knight was born in Birmingham, United Kingdom to Stuart and Lorna Knight, who are both teachers.[1] His father works at Broadway Secondary School in Perry Barr, Birmingham. He was a pupil at King Edward VI Aston School and studied subsequently at the Manchester Metropolitan School of Theatre,[2] where he graduated with a BA (Hon) degree in 2011.[3][4]


In June 2011, Sky1 announced that Knight had won the lead role in the television drama Sinbad which is his first professional role even before graduation from drama school.[3] The series premiered in July 2012. In 2013, Knight joined the cast of BBC crime drama By Any Means.[5] In 2015, Knight was cast to play Merlin in the fifth season of Once Upon a Time.[6]

In March 2017, Knight was cast as Wes Charles in The CW series Life Sentence.[7] The series was picked up in May for a midseason premiere some time in 2018.[8][9]


Film and television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2012 Sinbad Sinbad Lead role, 12 episodes
2013 Law & Order: UK Neil Jenkins 1 episode
2013 By Any Means Charlie O' Brien Main role, 6 episodes
2014 How to Get Away with Murder Aiden Walker 2 episodes
2015 Once Upon a Time Merlin Recurring role, 6 episodes
2016 American Gothic Brady Ross Main role
2016 Billionaire Ransom Marsac Film
2016 No Tomorrow Graham 1 episode
2017 400 Boys B-Big
2018 Life Sentence Wes Charles Main role; 13 episodes
2018 Titans Don Hall Guest role


  1. ^ Roz Loz (8 July 2012). "Brummie actor Elliot Knight sets sail for fame as Sinbad". Sunday Mercury. Retrieved 27 September 2012.
  2. ^ "Elliot's Sinbad breaks hearts and records". Manchester School of Theatre. 9 July 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2012.
  3. ^ a b Catriona Wightman (17 June 2011). "'Sinbad' cast unveiled by Sky1". Digital Spy. Retrieved 27 June 2011.
  4. ^ "MMU - Manchester School of Theatre - Elliot Knight". Faculty of Art and Design.
  5. ^ "Warren Brown, Gina McKee, Elliot Knight to star in BBC1 drama By Any Means". Radio Times. 26 April 2013.
  6. ^ Patrick Hipes (10 July 2015). "'Once Upon A Time' Castings: Camelot Finds Its Merlin & Guinevere". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 26 June 2016.
  7. ^ Petski, Denise (1 March 2017). "Elliot Knight Joins The CW's 'Life Sentence'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  8. ^ Petski, Denise (10 May 2017). "'Black Lightning' & Lucy Hale's 'Life Sentence' Picked Up To Series By The CW". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  9. ^ Petski, Denise (18 May 2017). "The CW Fall 2017 Schedule: 'Arrow' Moves To Thursday, 'Jane the Virgin' To Friday". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 25 May 2017.

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