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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 35)
London, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 2002–present
Spouse(s) Persia White (m. 2014)
Children 1 stepdaughter[2]

Joseph Morgan (born Joseph Martin; 16 May 1981) is an English actor. He is best known for his role as 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.[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 in his late teens.

Career[edit]

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,[4] 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".[5] 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.[6][7]

Personal life[edit]

Morgan is a supporter of the charity Positive Women,[8] including asking fans to donate to the cause to acknowledge his birthday. On 15 May 2014, it was announced that he and his former The Vampire Diaries co-star Persia White were engaged, after dating since 2011.[9][10] They married on 5 July 2014 in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. He became the stepfather of Mecca White in marrying Persia White.[11][2]

Filmography[edit]

Morgan at the 2011 Comic Con in San Diego
Film
Year Title Role Notes
2003 Eroica Matthias
2003 Henry VIII Thomas Culpepper
2003 Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World William Warley, Cpt. of Mizzentop
2004 Alexander Philotas
2005 William and Mary Callum
2006 Kenneth Williams: Fantabulosa! Alfie
2007 Mansfield Park William Price
2011 Angels Crest Rusty
2011 The Grind Paul
2011 Immortals Lysander
2011 With These Hands George Short film, also producer and writer
2013 Revelation as director/writer, short film
2013 Open Grave Nathan
2014 Armistice A.J. Budd
2014 500 Miles North James Hogg
2014 Dermaphoria Eric Ashworth
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2002 Spooks Reverend Parr
2004 Hex Troy
2006 The Line of Beauty Jasper TV miniseries
2007 Silent Witness Matthew Williams
2007 Doc Martin Mick Mabley
2008–09 Casualty Tony / Tony Reece
2010 Ben Hur Judah Ben-Hur TV miniseries
2011–present The Vampire Diaries Klaus Mikaelson Recurring: Season 2
Main cast: Season 3–4
Guest star: Seasons 5, 7
2013–present The Originals Niklaus "Klaus" Mikaelson Lead role

As director[edit]

Television
Year Title Notes
2016 The Originals Episode: "Behind the Black Horizon"

Awards[edit]

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[12] El Mejor Chupasangre (En: Best Vampire) The Originals Nominated
2015 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor: Sci-Fi/Fantasy The Originals Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Joseph Morgan". 2007-09-25. Retrieved 2012-11-08. 
  2. ^ a b 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 September 11, 2014. Retrieved July 23, 2016. White, who will turn 42 this year, is the mother of an 19-year-old daughter named Mecca. 
  3. ^ "Joseph Morgan's Twitter page". 
  4. ^ Bierly, Mandi (March 2011). "'Vampire Diaries' casts Klaus: How should Joseph Morgan play the villain? (Like a young James Spader?)". EW.com. Retrieved 2011-03-15. 
  5. ^ "TV's 100 Sexiest Men of 2011". BuddyTV. Retrieved 9 March 2012. 
  6. ^ "The CW Orders Backdoor Pilot for 'Vampire Diaries' Spinoff, 'The Originals'". tvbythenumbers. 11 January 2013. Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
  7. ^ Bricker, Tierney (11 January 2013). "The Vampire Diaries Spinoff The Originals, Starring Joseph Morgan, in the Works". E!. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "Joseph Morgan's YouTube video in support of Positive Women". YouTube. November 2010. 
  9. ^ Johnson, Alexa Rae; Davison, Rebecca (28 July 2014). "Vampire Diaries' Joseph Morgan and Persia White share passionate kiss in pictures from their intimate Caribbean beach wedding". Mail Online (dailymail.co.uk) (Associated Newspapers Ltd). Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  10. ^ "Joseph Morgan Engaged to Persia White! The Originals Star Dishes on His "Romantic" Proposal+". E!News. 15 May 2014. 
  11. ^ "Joseph Morgan Marries Persia White in Jamaica – See the Exclusive Photos!". People Magazine. 23 July 2014. 
  12. ^ "#MIAW: Ian Somerhalder vs. Joseph Morgan: quién es el mejor chupasangre". MTV-LA (in Spanish). Retrieved 18 August 2014. 

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