Merlin star Colin Morgan cast in The Fall series 2

The 28-year-old will star alongside Jamie Dornan and Gillian Anderson when the BBC2 crime drama returns for a second run

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Merlin star Colin Morgan cast in The Fall series 2
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Merlin star Colin Morgan is set to swap magic for mystery in the second series of BBC2's crime thriller The Fall. 

The 28-year-old actor, who played the lead in BBC1's Saturday night drama Merlin between 2008 and 2012, has landed a major role in the second series of the award-winning drama. 

Morgan, whose TV CV also includes Quirke and Doctor Who, will play police officer DS Tom Anderson, who is set to join the hunt for seriously creepy serial killer Paul Spector, played by Fifty Shades of Grey's Jamie Dornan. 

"I'm delighted to be joining the cast of The Fall for what is going to be an exciting and gripping second series," Morgan told The Mirror, adding: "Allan Cubitt has written exceptional material and I feel very privileged to be working with him and the very talented cast." 

The first series of The Fall, which premiered to critical acclaim last year, followed serial killer Paul Spector as he stalked his victims, and ambitious policewoman DS Stella Gibson (played by Gillian Anderson) who was sent to Belfast to track him down. 

Previously there were concerns that production on The Fall would be pushed back after Jamie Dornan was cast as the lead in much-hyped film Fifty Shades of Grey. But the second series, which is set to pick up from where series one left off, is now expected to air towards the end of the year.