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Joseph Morgan (born Joseph Martin; May 16, 1981) is a British actor who portrays Niklaus "Klaus" Mikaelson on The Vampire Diaries and The Originals.

Biography

Morgan was born in London, UK and spent his childhood with his family in Swansea, Wales, where he attended Morriston Comprehensive School before moving back to London in his late teens to study acting at the Central School of Speech and Drama. Upon graduation from Central School, Morgan was hired by acclaimed film director Peter Weir ("Gallipoli," "The Year of Living Dangerously," "Dead Poets Society," "The Truman Show") to costar opposite Russell Crow in "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World." Soon after completion of that film, director Oliver Stone hired Morgan for a strong supporting role in the feature film "Alexander." After "Alexander", Morgan spent time working on stage in the West End of London, as well as starring as Troy in the first series of the Sky One UK television series "Hex." He also has starred in the BBC miniseries "The Line of Beauty." Other television credits include the series "Doc Martin" and "Mansfield Park", in which he played the character of William, alongside star Billie Piper. His big break came in 2009, when Morgan was cast in the leading role in the miniseries "Ben Hur." Based on the classic novel and film, "Ben Hur" was directed by Steve Shill. He dated his "Ben Hur" co-star Emily VanCamp, who currently plays Emily Thorne in "Revenge", but eventually they broke up in 2011. In 2010, Morgan's film roles included the independent drama "Angels Crest," and the big-budget film "Immortals," in which he co-starred with Mickey Rourke. Both films were shot in Canada and are scheduled for a 2011 release. Morgan is a great supporter of the charity, Positive Women, including asking fans to donate to the cause to honor his birthday. Joseph is commonly known as "JoMo" amongst his fans and the Vampire Diaries fandom. He married his former co-star, Persia White who plays Abby Bennett Wilson in an intimate ceremony on July 5 at Ocho Rios, Jamaica.[1][2]

Filmography

Year Title Type Role
Gone Baby Gone TV Movie Patrick Kenzie
2013-2018 The Originals TV Series Niklaus Mikaelson
2017 Carousel Short Kit
2011-2016 The Vampire Diaries TV Series Niklaus Mikaelson
2015 Desiree Eric Ashworth
2014 500 Miles North James Hogg
2013 Armistice A.J. Budd
2013 Open Grave Nathan
2012 The Grind Paul
2011 Immortals Lysander
2011 Abandoned Rusty
2010 Ben Hur TV Mini-Series Judah Ben-Hur
2008-2009 Casualty TV Series Tony Reece
2007 Doc Martin TV Series Mick Mabley
2007 Silent Witness TV Series Matthew Williams
2007 Mister Lonely James Dean
2007 Mansfield Park TV Movie William Price
2006 The Line of Beauty TV Mini-Series Jasper
2006 Kenneth Williams: Fantabulosa! TV Movie Alfie
2005 William and Mary TV Series Callum
2004 Alexander Philotas
2004 Hex TV Series Troy
2003 Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World William Warley, Cpt. of Mizzentop
2003 Henry VIII TV Movie Thomas Culpepper
2003 Eroica TV Movie Matthias

Director

The Originals

Season Three

Season Four

Season Five

Awards

Year Award Category Nominated 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
TV Guide Award The Vampire Diaries Won
2014 People's Choice Awards Favorite Actor In A New TV Series The Originals Won
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor: Sci-Fi/Fantasy The Originals Nominated
2015 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor: Sci-Fi/Fantasy The Originals Nominated
2016 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor: Sci-Fi/Fantasy The Originals Nominated
2017 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor: Sci-Fi/Fantasy The Originals Nominated
2018 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor: Sci-Fi/Fantasy The Originals Nominated

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See also