Joseph Morgan (actor)

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Joseph Morgan
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Morgan at PaleyFest 2014 for The Originals
Joseph Martin[1]

(1981-05-16) 16 May 1981 (age 41)
London, England
Occupation(s)Actor, director
Years active2002–present
Known forThe Vampire Diaries and The Originals as Klaus Mikaelson
(m. 2014)

Joseph Morgan (born Joseph Martin; 16 May 1981) is a British actor and director. He is best known for his role as Niklaus "Klaus" Mikaelson on The CW's The Vampire Diaries and its spin-off The Originals, in which he is the lead.

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.[citation needed]


Joseph Morgan's first ever acting audition was for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets for Tom Riddle.[3] 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. [4]

Morgan played Niklaus Mikaelson in The CW's The Vampire Diaries,[5] and played Lysander in the 2011 film Immortals, alongside Henry Cavill. BuddyTV ranked him number 84 on its list of "TV's Sexiest Men of 2011".[6] 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.[7][8] In 2020, Joseph Morgan starred in Peacock's science fiction drama Brave New World as CJack60/Elliot.

Personal life[edit]

Morgan met actress Persia White on the set of The Vampire Diaries. They began dating in 2011 and became engaged in 2014.[9] They married on 5 July 2014 in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.[10] He is stepfather to White's daughter.[11]

He has been a vegan since 2014.[12][13]

Morgan is a supporter of the charity Positive Women.[14]



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
2008–2009 Casualty Tony Reece 8 episodes in Season 23
2010 Ben Hur Judah Ben-Hur
2011–2016 The Vampire Diaries Klaus Mikaelson Recurring role: Season 2
Main role: Season 3–4
Special guest: Seasons 5, 7
2013–2018 The Originals Main role
2019 Animal Kingdom Jed Recurring: Season 4[15]
2020 Brave New World CJack60
2022 Legacies Klaus Mikaelson Special guest star (season 4)
2022 Titans Sebastian Sanger / Brother Blood Main role (season 4)[16]
2023 Halo James Ackerson Main role (season 2)[17]

As director[edit]

Year Title Notes
2016-2018 The Originals 3 Episodes, "Behind the Black Horizon", "Keepers of the House", "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
2018 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 22 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Joseph Morgan's Twitter page".
  3. ^ @JosephMorgan (14 July 2012). "@Charlotte2211 My first ever acting Audition was for Harry Potter II, for a character called Tom Riddle" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  4. ^ "Joseph Morgan". IMDb. Retrieved 6 May 2021.
  5. ^ Bierly, Mandi (March 2011). "'Vampire Diaries' casts Klaus: How should Joseph Morgan play the villain? (Like a young James Spader?)". Retrieved 15 March 2011.
  6. ^ "TV's 100 Sexiest Men of 2011". BuddyTV. Retrieved 9 March 2012.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ "The CW Orders Backdoor Pilot for 'Vampire Diaries' Spinoff, 'The Originals'". tvbythenumbers. 11 January 2013. Archived from the original on 14 January 2013. Retrieved 19 August 2013.
  8. ^ Bricker, Tierney (11 January 2013). "The Vampire Diaries Spinoff The Originals, Starring Joseph Morgan, in the Works". E! News. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
  9. ^ Johnson, Zach (15 May 2014). "Joseph Morgan Engaged to Persia White! The Originals Star Dishes on His "Romantic" Proposal". E! News.
  10. ^ Fowler, Tara (23 July 2014). "Joseph Morgan Marries Persia White in Jamaica – See the Exclusive Photos!". People.
  11. ^ Girl, L.A. (24 July 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 23 July 2016. White, who will turn 42 this year, is the mother of an 19-year-old daughter named Mecca.
  12. ^ Jackson, Kourtnee (2 April 2021). "'The Originals': Joseph Morgan Took a Bite Out of a 'Vegan Heart' on the Show". Showbiz CheatSheet.
  13. ^ Tharp, Sharon (25 September 2017). "Joseph Morgan Loves Low-Key Date Nights With His Wife: 'Dinner and a Movie Is Pretty Great'". Us Magazine.
  14. ^ "Joseph Morgan's YouTube video in support of Positive Women". YouTube. November 2010. Archived from the original on 21 December 2021.
  15. '^ The Originals Joseph Morgan Set to Recur on Animal Kingdom as [Spoiler]
  16. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (31 January 2022). "'Titans' Sets Season 4 Villains: Joseph Morgan As Brother Blood, Franka Potente As Mother Mayhem, Lisa Ambalavanar As Jinx". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 1 June 2022.
  17. ^ Webb Mitovich, Matt (14 September 2022). "Halo Season 2 Adds Joseph Morgan as Intelligence Operative Ackerson". TVLine. Retrieved 14 September 2022.

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