Diogo Morgado

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Diogo Morgado
Diogo Morgado in 2015
Diogo Miguel Morgado Soares

(1981-01-17) 17 January 1981 (age 41)
Lisbon, Portugal
Years active1996–present
PartnerCátia Oliveira (separated)

Diogo Miguel Morgado Soares (born 17 January 1981), is a Portuguese actor who may be best known for his portrayal of Jesus in the History Channel epic mini-series The Bible and in the film Son of God.[1][2]


Already a household name in his native Portugal and one of GQ's "Men of the Year",[3] Morgado's career spans top television, film and stage productions, including a lead role in the No. 1 rated Portuguese television series and International Emmy winner Laços de Sangue. Morgado began his career at the age of fifteen when he joined the cast of top rated television series Terra Mãe (1998), Diário de Maria (1998), followed by A Lenda da Garça (2000) and A Febre do Ouro Negro (2000). His performance as Miguel in the 2000 telefilm Amo-Te, Teresa earned Morgado high regard as one of the most promising actors of his generation and the TV movie is still one of the highest rated ever in Portugal. Morgado has worked consistently in Portuguese television with over 15 series regular roles, many with the distinguished SIC network. Morgado's film credits include a noteworthy performance in the title role of Portuguese dictator António De Oliveira Salazar in the hit feature film A Vida Privada De Salazar. Morgado was also able to showcase his comedic chops in O Crime do Padre Amaro, which received international attention from directors all over the world. Morgado is also a passionate theater actor and had lead roles in prestigious plays such as David Hare's Skylight and Peter Shaffer's The Royal Hunt to the Sun.

Beyond Portugal, Morgado has had lead roles in a few international films like Spain's Dos Rivales Casi Iguales and Star Crossed, and Brazil's Revelação and The Jungle. Morgado has also wrapped leading roles in two independent films in the U.S. – the gritty urban drama Red Butterfly and the action-filled adrenaline film Born to Race: Fast Track[4]. Morgado was recently seen on Portuguese television as Eduardo in the SIC series Sol de Inverno. He also starred in the recent Portuguese comedy film, Virados do Avesso, which debuted at the top of the Portuguese box office.

Diogo Morgado also gave voice to the children's book app, Kiwaka Story,[5] published by Landka,[6] and to the portuguese adaptation of several video games, including Detroit: Become Human[7] and Infamous Second Son.[8] More recently, Morgado begun writing and directing films: his short film, Excuse, was awarded 'Best Short Drama' in the 2018 Silicon Beach Film Festival[9] and he was distinguished by his short film Signal in the L.A. Independent Shorts Awards.[10]

Morgado is perhaps best known in the United States for his portrayal of Jesus in 20th Century Fox's feature film Son of God (for which he received an Imagen Award nomination) and in History Channel's Emmy nominated miniseries, The Bible, which was the highest-rated cable program of 2013.[11] He also appeared on the hit ABC drama Revenge as Dr. Jorge Velez. In 2015, Morgado starred as "The Man" (aka The Devil) in the CW's drama series, The Messengers.

Personal life[edit]

Morgado was born in Campo Grande, Lisbon, Portugal.[12]

Morgado currently lives in Portugal.

Has two sons: Santiago (born 2009) and Afonso (born 2016).[2]

In addition to his native Portuguese, Morgado is also fluent in French, Spanish and English.



Miniseries and series[edit]



  • 2000 – Lux – presenter
  • 2001 – Mundo Vip – presenter
  • 2004 – Dá-lhe Gás – presenter


  1. ^ Hines, Ree (25 February 2014). "Bible, Son of God star Diogo Morgado 'freaked out' about playing Jesus". Today. Today. Retrieved 2 February 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Diogo Morgado". IMDb. Retrieved 2019-12-15.
  3. ^ "Gala GQ Men of the Year em Portugal: Diogo Morgado foi 'homem do ano'". Activa (in European Portuguese). Retrieved 2018-06-08.
  4. ^ Ranarivelo, Alex (2014-09-09), Born to Race: Fast Track, Brett Davern, Beau Mirchoff, Bill Sage, retrieved 2018-06-08
  5. ^ Coentrão, Abel. "Aplicações. Portuguesa Landka estreia novo jogo para iPad"". PÚBLICO (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2018-06-07.
  6. ^ LANDKA. "Kiwaka Press Release" (PDF). landka.com.
  7. ^ "Detroit: Become Human – Entrevista a Diogo Morgado – CA Notícias". CA Notícias (in European Portuguese). 2018-05-23. Retrieved 2018-06-07.
  8. ^ "Diogo Morgado é inFAMOUS: Second Son – Pplware". Pplware (in European Portuguese). 2014-02-04. Retrieved 2018-06-07.
  9. ^ "Winners | Silicon Beach Film Festival". siliconbeachff.com. Retrieved 2018-06-07.
  10. ^ "Honorable Mentions: May 2018". Independent Shorts Awards. 2018-05-06. Retrieved 2018-06-07.
  11. ^ Anderson, John (2014-02-14). "The Greatest Film Role Ever Cast". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-12-15.
  12. ^ "Film: Diogo Morgado back on screen in the role of Jesus Christ – 20th Century Fox". Portuguese American Journal. 2013-12-24. Retrieved 2019-12-15.

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