Merlin joined Aardman as an animator in 1996 having completing a degree in Film and Photography at the Newport Film School. Initially working on commercials before taking the roles of Key Animator on the feature film Chicken Run, and Second Unit Director on Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of The Were Rabbit. Merlin then co-directed the Creature Comforts USA series for CBS, for which he gained an Emmy nomination.
He has since specialised in directing Wallace & Gromit at Aardman and in 2009 took on the role of Creative Director for Wallace & Gromit where Merlin directs all aspects of the Wallace & Gromit brand from merchandise and live shows to commercials and short films. Merlin also recently directed and voiced the re-launch series of Aardman’s oldest stop motion character, Morph in 2014 and the second series which launched in October 2016.
Merlin’s most recent credit was Animation Director on Nick Park’s latest feature film Early Man, which was released in January 2018.