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Joseph Morgan (actor)

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Joseph Morgan
File:Joseph Morgan at PaleyFest 2014.jpg
Morgan at PaleyFest 2014 for The Originals
Born Joseph Martin[1]
(1981-05-16) 16 May 1981 (age 34)
London, England
Occupation Actor & Model
Years active 2002–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 hit show The Vampire Diaries and its spin-off The Originals.

Early life

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.


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

Morgan is a supporter of the charity Positive Women[7] 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.[8][9] They married on 5 July 2014 in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.[10]


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Morgan at the 2011 Comic Con in San Diego
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
2010 Paiyaa Niklaus Mikaelson
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
Year Title Role Notes
2002 Spooks Reverend Parr
2004 Hex Troy
2006 The Line of Beauty Jasper TV mini-series
2007 Silent Witness Matthew Williams
2007 Doc Martin Mick Mabley
2008–09 Casualty Tony / Tony Reece
2010 Ben Hur Judah Ben-Hur TV mini-series
2011–present The Vampire Diaries Niklaus Mikaelson Recurring - Season 2
Main cast - Season 3-4
Guest star - Season 5
2013–present The Originals Niklaus Mikaelson Main cast


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 Millenial Awards[11] El Mejor Chupasangre (En: Best Vampire) The Originals Nominated


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