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Joseph Morgan (actor)

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Joseph Morgan
Joseph Morgan at PaleyFest 2014.jpg
Morgan at PaleyFest 2014 for The Originals
Born Joseph Martin[1]
(1981-05-16) 16 May 1981 (age 37)
London, England
Occupation Actor, director
Years active 2002–present
Spouse(s) Persia White (m. 2014)

Joseph Morgan (born Joseph Martin) is an English actor and director. He is best known for his role as Niklaus “Klaus” Mikaelson in The CW show The Vampire Diaries and its spin-off The Originals.

Early life[edit]

Morgan was born in London, but lived in Swansea for 11 years.[2] He is the oldest child in his family. He was a student at Morriston Comprehensive School and then studied a BTEC Performing Arts course at Gorseinon College (now Gower College Swansea), before moving back to London to study at the Central School of Speech and Drama in his late teens.


Morgan starred in the first series of the Sky One Television Series Hex, as Troy and has appeared in supporting roles in films such as Alexander and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World and the BBC Two television series The Line of Beauty. He has also appeared in the television series Doc Martin and Casualty and co-starred in Mansfield Park alongside Billie Piper. In 2010 he played the title role in the mini-series "Ben Hur" which first aired on CBC television in Canada and ABC TV in America, on 4 April 2010.

Morgan played Niklaus Mikaelson in The CW's The Vampire Diaries,[3] and played Lysander in the 2011 film Immortals, alongside Henry Cavill. BuddyTV ranked him #84 on its list of "TV's Sexiest Men of 2011".[4] In January 2013, a back-door pilot for The Originals, a spin-off series of The Vampire Diaries, began airing with Morgan starring as Niklaus Mikaelson.[5][6]

Personal life[edit]

Morgan is a supporter of the charity Positive Women,[7] including asking fans to donate to the cause to acknowledge his birthday.

He met his wife Persia White on the set of The Vampire Diaries. The couple were engaged in 2014 after dating since 2011.[8] They married on 5 July 2014 in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.[9] He became the stepfather of White's daughter.[10]


Morgan at the 2011 Comic Con in San Diego


Year Title Role Notes
2003 Eroica Matthias
2003 Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World William Warley, Captain of the Mizzentop
2004 Alexander Philotas
2006 Kenneth Williams: Fantabulosa! Alfie
2007 Mansfield Park William Price
2007 Mister Lonely James Dean
2011 Angels Crest Rusty
2011 The Grind Paul
2011 Immortals Lysander
2011 With These Hands George Also writer, director and producer. Short film.
2013 Revelation As writer, director and producer. Short film.
2013 Open Grave Nathan
2014 Armistice A.J. Budd
2014 500 Miles North James Hogg
2015 Desiree Eric Ashworth
2017 Carousel Kit Also writer, director and producer. Short film.


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Spooks Reverend Parr 1 episode in Season 1
2003 Henry VIII Thomas Culpeper 1 episode in Season 1
2004 Hex Troy 5 episodes in Season 1
2005 William and Mary Callum 3 episodes in Season 3
2006 The Line of Beauty Jasper 1 episode in Season 1
2007 Silent Witness Matthew Williams 2 episodes in Season 11
2007 Doc Martin Mick Mabley 5 episodes in Season 3
2008–09 Casualty Tony Reece 8 episodes in Season 23
2010 Ben Hur Judah Ben-Hur Lead role
2011–2016 The Vampire Diaries Klaus Mikaelson Recurring: Season 2
Main cast: Season 3–4
Guest star: Seasons 5, 7
2013–2018 The Originals Klaus Mikaelson Lead role

As director[edit]

Year Title Notes
2016 The Originals Episode: "Behind the Black Horizon"
2017 The Originals Episode: "Keepers of the House"
2018 The Originals Episode: "Ne Me Quitte Pas"


Year Award Category Work Result
2011 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Villain The Vampire Diaries Nominated
2012 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Villain The Vampire Diaries Nominated
2013 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Villain The Vampire Diaries Nominated
2013 TV Guide Award Choice TV Villain The Vampire Diaries Won
2014 People's Choice Awards Favorite Actor In A New TV Series The Originals Won
2014 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor: Sci-Fi/Fantasy The Originals Nominated
2014 MTV Millennial Awards El Mejor Chupasangre (En: Best Vampire) The Originals Nominated
2015 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor: Sci-Fi/Fantasy The Originals Nominated
2016 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV: Liplock (with Leah Pipes) The Originals Nominated
2017 Teen Choice Awards Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor The Originals Nominated


  1. ^ Devoe, Noelle. "9 Things You Didn't Know About Joseph Morgan from "The Originals"". Seventeen. Retrieved June 22, 2018. 
  2. ^ "Joseph Morgan's Twitter page". 
  3. ^ Bierly, Mandi (March 2011). "'Vampire Diaries' casts Klaus: How should Joseph Morgan play the villain? (Like a young James Spader?)". Retrieved 2011-03-15. 
  4. ^ "TV's 100 Sexiest Men of 2011". BuddyTV. Retrieved 9 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "The CW Orders Backdoor Pilot for 'Vampire Diaries' Spinoff, 'The Originals'". tvbythenumbers. 11 January 2013. Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
  6. ^ Bricker, Tierney (11 January 2013). "The Vampire Diaries Spinoff The Originals, Starring Joseph Morgan, in the Works". E!. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "Joseph Morgan's YouTube video in support of Positive Women". YouTube. November 2010. 
  8. ^ "Joseph Morgan Engaged to Persia White! The Originals Star Dishes on His "Romantic" Proposal+". E!News. 15 May 2014. 
  9. ^ "Joseph Morgan Marries Persia White in Jamaica – See the Exclusive Photos!". People Magazine. 23 July 2014. 
  10. ^ Girl, L.A. (July 24, 2014). "Top 10 things about Persia White Vampires Diaries actor Joseph Morgan's Wife". Daily Entertainment News. Archived from the original on 11 September 2014. Retrieved July 23, 2016. White, who will turn 42 this year, is the mother of an 19-year-old daughter named Mecca. 

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