James Cosmo
Biographical information
Birth date

24 May 1948

Birth place

Clydebank, Scotland, UK





Marital status

married to Annie Harris (2000 - present)

His/her attendance in Merlin series
Played role


First appearance

Lancelot and Guinevere

Last appearance

Lancelot and Guinevere

Appearances number


Serie(s) :



James Cosmo played Hengist in the episode Lancelot and Guinevere of the BBC series Merlin.

James Cosmo, born on 24 May 1948 in Clydebank, Scotland, is a prolific Scottish actor, who performs in film and television productions since the late 1960s. Cosmo was born in Clydebank, Scotland, the son of actor James Copeland. A staple of British television, with credits in hundreds of television shows, Cosmo made a name for himself playing Scottish "tough guy" characters, often with a screen dominating charisma.


  • He often plays tough characters due to his imposing nature
  • Resides in London but would like to live in Perthshire, Scotland at some point
  • He is renowned for getting 'the giggles' on set after muddling dialogue
  • He has played Santa three times


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