Tom Hopper (Sir Percival)

Tom Hopper (Sir Percival)

Postby Tony » Fri Oct 03, 2014 7:17 pm

Sir Percival, Knight of Camelot.
His first appearance in Merlin is in the episode The Coming of Arthur part two (S3E13). His family was killed by Cenred’s men, and he teams up with Lancelot to go to Camelot. Not long after that he travels, with the other knights, to the Castle of the Ancient Kings where he is dubbed Sir Percival, Knight of Camelot.
In Arthurian mythology, Percival is sometimes referred to as a “gentle giant” and is most famous as being one of the “Grail Knights”. Depending on the version, Percival is either the only Grail Knight, or shares this with Galahad (his son) and Sir Bors.
In Merlin Percival is portrayed by the British actor Tom Hopper, a graduate from the Rose Bruford College. He has appeared in several TV-series (Doctor Who, Casualty), before joining the cast of Merlin.
In 2014 Tom starred in the series Black Sails and the movie Northmen, a Viking Saga.
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Re: Tom Hopper (Sir Percival)

Postby Emrys » Sat Oct 04, 2014 2:08 pm

Thank you Tony for all that great information on both the legend around Percival and also Tom. I had not realized that in legend, Percival was a "gentle giant" .. I thought that perhaps the Creators chose Tom Hopper because he's strong, large and looks like a Knight! In any case I'm glad they did. My favorite Percival moment is "The Darkest Hour" not sure whether it's part 1 or 2 when he is on his way back to the halls of Camelot and looks sideways and sees the 3 children hiding down the ally. The way you can just see him looking at the torch he is holding...very quickly mentally thinking... can I hold a torch AND 3 kids, thinking no, ditching the torch and bravely grabbing the kids. Great acting, wonderful writing and it made for one of the magical moments of Merlin as a Show.. we were all cheering him on.. or at least I was, weren't you???

I was trying to find a photo of Percival holding the kids but couldn't :? so here's the next best thing.. the moment when Percival carries Merlin ...

We all know Colin is 6 ft & yet Tom is carrying him as though he's a lightweight!

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Re: Tom Hopper (Sir Percival)

Postby Merlin@ » Sun Oct 05, 2014 9:04 pm

I agree with you Emrys, this moment is so beautiful !!
I had the pictures :D
I also love Percy for his relationship with Gwaine : true friendship. In fact I would have liked the knights' personal stories to be developed in the series. I told it to the actors at Wizard Con. It's an idea for the movie !
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Re: Tom Hopper (Sir Percival)

Postby Emrys » Sun Oct 05, 2014 9:14 pm

oh yea! Thank you Merlin@! How did you get those? I was googling "Percival carrying kids" "Darkest Hour Percival" and nothing... so thank you for finding these... they are amazing!

Also amazing that you got to meet Tom at Wizard Con. I think lots of people will envy you for this! Maybe you can post something about what it was like to meet them all here.

Tom is SO TALL! I mean Bradley & Colin are 6 ft and Tom is.. what 6.5? Rupert is also tall... taller than Bradley & Colin.

Thank you again for finding and posting these photos!
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Re: Tom Hopper (Sir Percival)

Postby Merlin Amanda » Wed Oct 22, 2014 6:53 pm

Lovely Photo at his recent appearance at RingCon
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Re: Tom Hopper (Sir Percival)

Postby BradleyColingirl » Thu Oct 23, 2014 11:53 am

Sir Percival the strongest knight of them all. I love Tom Hopper his acting he was always funny and performed sir Percival very well
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Colin about Bradley: We have a strong band together
Bradley about Colin: "okay what's this guy about" and then I feel as though there's been a bit of a band
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Re: Tom Hopper (Sir Percival)

Postby Tony » Tue Oct 28, 2014 11:21 pm

On our blog (http://www.merlin-arthur.com) you can now find a photo collage of Tom, with photos of Tom in his different rôles.
Please follow this link: http://www.merlin-arthur.com/tom-hopper-the-gentle-giant
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Re: Tom Hopper (Sir Percival)

Postby aimeeevenstar » Wed Nov 05, 2014 6:26 pm

Thanks Tony for the link... I did go look at that.. some great photos of "the Gentle Giant"

I like Tom Hopper a lot... he does seem lovely. I read the story Ms Percival posted her on the Merlin Scribe.. wow! I wonder if that would ever get made into a movIe!
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Re: Tom Hopper (Sir Percival)

Postby Tony » Wed Nov 05, 2014 8:45 pm

Thanks, Aimeeevenstar, lovely to hear from you! I think Tom is a very nice and likable person too, judging by the things I've read from people who have actually met him (lucky them...).
And MsPercival's novel certainly is something else... quite different from the Percival we know...
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Re: Tom Hopper (Sir Percival)

Postby MsPercival » Fri Nov 21, 2014 8:20 pm

Christiane brings out a bit of the wild side in our normally-shy Percival ;)
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