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Joseph Morgan
Morgan in 2024
Joseph Martin

(1981-05-16) 16 May 1981 (age 43)
London, England
Alma materRoyal Central School of Speech and Drama
Years active2002–present
Known forThe Vampire Diaries and The Originals as Klaus Mikaelson
(m. 2014)

Joseph Morgan ( Martin;[1] 16 May 1981[2]) is an English actor. He is known for playing Niklaus "Klaus" Mikaelson on The CW's The Vampire Diaries and its spinoff The Originals in which he is the lead. He has portrayed CJack60/Elliot in the Peacock series Brave New World, and Brother Blood in the HBO Max series Titans. He currently stars as James Ackerson in the Paramount+ series Halo (2024).

Early life[edit]

Morgan was born in London, but lived in Swansea for 11 years.[3] 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.[4]


Morgan's first ever acting audition was for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets for Tom Riddle.[5] 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 Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003) and Alexander (2004) and the BBC Two television series The Line of Beauty.[6] He has also appeared in the television series Doc Martin and Casualty and co-starred in Mansfield Park (2007) 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.[7][8]

Morgan in 2012

Morgan played Niklaus Mikaelson in The CW's supernatural drama The Vampire Diaries, a television adaptation of the book series of the same name as well as in its spin-off The Originals.[9][10][11] His work garnered him several nominations for Teen Choice Awards and a People's Choice Award. He also appeared as Lysander in the 2011 film Immortals, alongside Henry Cavill. BuddyTV ranked him number 84 on its list of "TV's Sexiest Men of 2011".[12]

In 2020, Morgan starred in Peacock's science fiction drama Brave New World as CJack60/Elliot.[13][14] In 2022, Morgan was cast as Brother Blood in the fourth season of the HBO Max series Titans.[15] He also reprised the role of Klaus in the final season of Legacies, a spin-off series of The Originals.[16]

Morgan joined the cast for season 2 of Halo, which aired in February 2024, alongside fellow newcomer Cristina Rodlo.[17] He plays James Ackerson, an operative of the secretive Office of Naval Intelligence, of the United Nations Space Command (UNSC).[18]

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.[19] They married on 5 July 2014 in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.[20] He is stepfather to White's daughter.[21]

He has been a vegan since 2014.[22][23]

Morgan is a supporter of the charity Positive Women.[24]



Morgan at the 2011 Comic Con in San Diego
Year Title Role Notes
2003 Eroica Matthias
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
Mister Lonely James Dean
2011 Angels Crest Rusty
The Grind Paul
Immortals Lysander
With These Hands George Short film; also writer, director and producer[citation needed]
2013 Revelation Short film; as writer, director and producer[citation needed]
Open Grave Nathan
2014 Armistice A.J. Budd
500 Miles North James Hogg
2015 Desiree Eric Ashworth
2017 Carousel Kit Short film; also writer, director and producer[citation needed]


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Spooks Reverend Parr 1 episode
2003 Henry VIII Thomas Culpeper 1 episode
2004 Hex Troy 5 episodes
2005 William and Mary Callum 3 episodes
2006 The Line of Beauty Jasper 1 episode
2007 Silent Witness Matthew Williams 2 episodes
Doc Martin Mick Mabley 5 episodes
2008–2009 Casualty Tony Reece 8 episodes
2010 Ben Hur Judah Ben-Hur Miniseries
2011–2016 The Vampire Diaries Klaus Mikaelson Recurring role (season 2); main role (seasons 3–4); special guest (seasons 5, 7)
2013–2018 The Originals Klaus Mikaelson Main role
2019 Animal Kingdom Jed Recurring role (season 4)[25]
2020 Brave New World CJack60 Main role
2022 Legacies Klaus Mikaelson Special guest star (season 4)
2022–2023 Titans Sebastian Sanger / Brother Blood Main role (season 4)[26]
2024 Halo James Ackerson Main role (season 2)[27]

As a director[edit]

  • The Originals (2016–2018), 3 episodes: "Behind the Black Horizon", "Keepers of the House", "Ne Me Quitte Pas"[28]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Joseph Morgan at PaleyFest 2014
Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2011 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Villain The Vampire Diaries Nominated [29]
2012 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Villain Nominated [30]
2013 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Villain Nominated [31]
TV Guide Award Choice TV Villain Won
2014 People's Choice Awards Favorite Actor In A New TV Series The Originals Won [32]
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Nominated [33]
MTV Millennial Awards El Mejor Chupasangre (En: Best Vampire) Nominated [34]
2015 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Nominated [35]
2016 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV: Liplock (with Leah Pipes) Nominated [36]
2017 Teen Choice Awards Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor Nominated [37]
2018 Teen Choice Awards Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor Nominated [38]


  1. ^ Devoe, Noelle. "9 Things You Didn't Know About Joseph Morgan from "The Originals"". Seventeen. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Joseph Morgan". ProSieben/Joyn (in German). Retrieved 15 December 2023.
  3. ^ "Joseph Morgan's Twitter page".
  4. ^ "100 Notable alumni of Royal Central School of Speech and Drama". edurank.org. Retrieved 13 April 2023.
  5. ^ @JosephMorgan (14 July 2012). "@Charlotte2211 My first ever acting Audition was for Harry Potter II, for a character called Tom Riddle" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  6. ^ "BBC - Drama - The Line of Beauty - Joseph Morgan as Jasper". BBC. Retrieved 30 September 2023.
  7. ^ "Joseph Morgan". IMDb. Retrieved 6 May 2021.
  8. ^ Parks, Tim (5 May 2009). "'Ben-Hur' miniseries gets leading man". Digital Spy. Retrieved 30 December 2023.
  9. ^ Bierly, Mandi (March 2011). "'Vampire Diaries' casts Klaus: How should Joseph Morgan play the villain? (Like a young James Spader?)". EW.com. Retrieved 15 March 2011.
  10. ^ "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.
  11. ^ Bricker, Tierney (11 January 2013). "The Vampire Diaries Spinoff The Originals, Starring Joseph Morgan, in the Works". E! News. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
  12. ^ "TV's 100 Sexiest Men of 2011". BuddyTV. Retrieved 9 March 2012.
  13. ^ Singh, Olivia. "'Brave New World' star Joseph Morgan talks comparisons to the book, staying 'in each moment' on the show, and the scenes he's most proud of". Insider. Retrieved 19 September 2023.
  14. ^ Otterson, Joe (19 June 2019). "'Brave New World' Series Adds Five to Cast, Including Kylie Bunbury, Joseph Morgan". Variety. Retrieved 19 September 2023.
  15. ^ McVey, Ciara (1 February 2022). "'Titans' Cast Joseph Morgan as Brother Blood for Season 4 | THR News". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 19 September 2023.
  16. ^ Complex, Valerie (12 June 2022). "Joseph Morgan Confirms Appearance In 'Legacies' Series Finale". Deadline. Retrieved 28 September 2023.
  17. ^ Petski, Denise (14 September 2022). "'Halo': Joseph Morgan & Cristina Rodlo Join Season 2 of Paramount+ Series". Deadline Hollywood.
  18. ^ Martin Holmes (15 September 2022). "Joseph Morgan Joins 'Halo' Season 2 With Cristina Rodlo". tvinsider.com.
  19. ^ Johnson, Zach (15 May 2014). "Joseph Morgan Engaged to Persia White! The Originals Star Dishes on His "Romantic" Proposal". E! News.
  20. ^ Fowler, Tara (23 July 2014). "Joseph Morgan Marries Persia White in Jamaica – See the Exclusive Photos!". People.
  21. ^ 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.
  22. ^ Jackson, Kourtnee (2 April 2021). "'The Originals': Joseph Morgan Took a Bite Out of a 'Vegan Heart' on the Show". Showbiz CheatSheet.
  23. ^ Tharp, Sharon (25 September 2017). "Joseph Morgan Loves Low-Key Date Nights With His Wife: 'Dinner and a Movie Is Pretty Great'". Us Magazine.
  24. ^ "Joseph Morgan's YouTube video in support of Positive Women". YouTube. November 2010. Archived from the original on 21 December 2021.
  25. '^ The Originals Joseph Morgan Set to Recur on Animal Kingdom as [Spoiler]
  26. ^ 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.
  27. ^ Webb Mitovich, Matt (14 September 2022). "Halo Season 2 Adds Joseph Morgan as Intelligence Operative Ackerson". TVLine. Retrieved 14 September 2022.
  28. ^ "The Originals: Joseph Morgan Talks Directing Episode, Marriage". People. Retrieved 28 September 2023.
  29. ^ "Teen Choice Awards 2011 Nominees Announced: Harry Potter vs Twilight". HuffPost. 29 June 2011. Archived from the original on 8 April 2023. Retrieved 8 April 2023.
  30. ^ Ng, Philiana (18 May 2012). "Teen Choice Awards 2012: 'Vampire Diaries' Leads Nominations". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 28 September 2023.
  31. ^ "Teen Choice Awards Nominations Announced! Who Made The Cut?". Teen Vogue. 22 May 2013. Retrieved 28 September 2023.
  32. ^ "People's Choice Awards 2014: The winners list". Archived from the original on 11 November 2014. Retrieved 9 January 2014.
  33. ^ Khoshaba, Christy (8 August 2014). "2014 Teen Choice Awards: Complete list of nominees". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 28 September 2023.
  34. ^ "MIAW2014 | Ian Somerhalder vs. Joseph Morgan: quién es el mejor chupasangre". MTV (in Spanish). Retrieved 28 September 2023.
  35. ^ Wagmeister, Elizabeth (10 June 2015). "'Empire,' 'Vampire Diaries' & 'Insurgent' Among 2015 Teen Choice Awards Nominees". Variety. Retrieved 28 September 2023.
  36. ^ Swift, Andy (24 May 2016). "Teen Choice Awards 2016: CW Dramas, Pretty Little Liars Lead Early Noms". TVLine.
  37. ^ Ceron, Ella (19 June 2017). "Teen Choice Awards 2017: See the First Wave of Nominations". Teen Vogue. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  38. ^ Vacco-Bolanos, Jessica (12 August 2018). "Teen Choice Awards 2018: All the Nominees and Winners". Us Weekly. Retrieved 28 September 2023.

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