Joseph Morgan (actor)

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Joseph Morgan
Joseph Morgan by Gage Skidmore cropped.jpg
Morgan at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2011
BornJoseph Martin[1]
(1981-05-16) 16 May 1981 (age 33)
London, England
OccupationActor & Model
Years active2002–present
Spouse(s)Persia White (m. 2014)
 
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Joseph Morgan
Joseph Morgan by Gage Skidmore cropped.jpg
Morgan at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2011
BornJoseph Martin[1]
(1981-05-16) 16 May 1981 (age 33)
London, England
OccupationActor & Model
Years active2002–present
Spouse(s)Persia White (m. 2014)

Joseph Morgan (born Joseph Martin; 16 May 1981) is an English actor. He is best known for his role as Niklaus Mikaelson in The CW's 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 Gower College Swansea, before moving back to London to study at the Central School of Speech and Drama in his late teens.

Career[edit]

He 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.

He plays Niklaus Mikaelson in the The CW's The Originals and in 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]

On 11 January 2013 it was announced that a back-door pilot focused on the Originals, starring Joseph Morgan as Niklaus Mikaelson titled The Originals will air on 25 April 2013 for a potential series pick-up for the 2013–2014 season.[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. On May 15, 2014, it was announced that he and his former 'The Vampire Diaries' co-star Persia White were engaged, after dating since 2011.[8][9] They married on July 5, 2014 in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.[10]

Filmography[edit]

YearFilmRoleNotes
2002SpooksReverend ParrTV series
2003EroicaMatthias
2003Henry VIIIThomas Culpepper
2003Master and Commander: The Far Side of the WorldWilliam Warley, Cpt. of Mizzentop
2004HexTroyTV series
2004AlexanderPhilotas
2005William and MaryCallum
2006Kenneth Williams: Fantabulosa!Alfie
2006The Line of BeautyJasperTV mini-series
2007Mansfield ParkWilliam Price
2007Mister LonelyJames Dean
2007Silent WitnessMatthew WilliamsTV Series
2007Doc MartinMick MableyTV series
2008–2009CasualtyTony / Tony ReeceTV series
2010Ben HurJudah Ben-HurTV mini-series
2011–PresentThe Vampire DiariesNiklaus MikaelsonTV Series

Recurring - Season 2
Main cast - Season 3-4
Season 5 - Guest star

2011Angels CrestRusty
2011The GrindPaul
2011ImmortalsLysander
2011With These HandsGeorgeShort Film, also Producer and Writer
2013–PresentThe OriginalsNiklaus MikaelsonTV Series

Main cast

2013Revelation--as Director/Writer, Short Film
2013Open GraveNathan
2014ArmisticeA.J. BuddPost-Production
2014500 Miles NorthJames Hogg
2014DermaphoriaEric AshworthPost-Production

Awards[edit]

YearAwardCategoryWorkResult
2011Teen Choice AwardsChoice TV VillainThe Vampire DiariesNominated
2012Teen Choice AwardsChoice TV VillainThe Vampire DiariesNominated
2013Teen Choice AwardsChoice TV VillainThe Vampire DiariesNominated
2013TV Guide AwardChoice TV VillainThe Vampire DiariesWon
2014People's Choice AwardsFavorite Actor In A New TV SeriesThe OriginalsWon
2014Teen Choice AwardsChoice TV Actor: Sci-Fi/FantasyThe OriginalsNominated
2014MTV Millenial Awards[11]El Mejor Chupasangre (En: Best Vampire)The OriginalsNominated

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