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Overview (4)

Born in Wales, UK
Birth NameJoseph Martin
Nickname JoMo
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Joseph Morgan was born in London and spent his childhood with his family in Swansea, Wales. Growing up he was an avid reader and a huge fan of the horror fantasy genre, particularly Stephen King. He became interested in film when at the age of 15 he discovered the work of Quentin Tarantino and was inspired to write his first screenplay. Morgan moved back to London in his late teens to study acting at the Central School of Speech and Drama. He continued to write and experiment with filmmaking, participating in student films and work-shopping scenes from his favorite movies. Upon graduation from Central School, Morgan was hired by acclaimed film director Peter Weir to costar opposite Russell Crowe 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 in numerous British television dramas including BBC miniseries 'The Line of Beauty', 'Henry VIII' opposite Emily Blunt, 'Doc Martin' and 'Mansfield Park'. Morgan was also hired by Harmony Korine to play a James Dean impersonator in his film 'Mister Lonely' 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 Emmy winner Steve Shill. In 2010, Morgan's film projects included the independent drama 'Angels Crest', and the big-budget film 'Immortals', in which he co-starred with Mickey Rourke. Later that year he was cast as "Klaus" a series regular in the CW hit series 'The Vampire Diaries' After two short years as "Klaus" Morgan was offered a spin-off show called 'The Originals' and centered around his character. 'The Originals' ran for five seasons earning Morgan numerous nominations as well as The People's Choice award for favorite actor in a new show. During his time on the show Morgan spent his hiatus' shooting indie films 'Open Grave' opposite Shalto Copley and 'Desiree' opposite Walton Goggins and and Ron Perlman. He went on to direct three episodes of 'The Originals' bringing his unique style to an established show, garnering a very positive response from colleagues and critics alike. In 2015 Joseph Morgan started a production Company - Night Owl Productions - with his wife and creative partner Persia White. Under that banner they wrote and produced two short films which Morgan directed. The first 'Revelation' went on to play at eight film festivals, winning the best fantasy film award at Flickers. The second 'Carousel' was filmed over seven hard days with a crew of over fifty passionate people striving to achieve maximum production value.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (1)

Persia White (5 July 2014 - present)

Trade Mark (2)

Dimples
Often stars in period pieces

Trivia (15)

Lived for a time in Swansea, Wales, as Joseph Martin. He attended Morriston Comprehensive School before moving to London to study acting at the Central School of Speech and Drama.
His first ever acting audition was for Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets for a character called, Tom Riddle.
Morgan was born in London, England, but lived in Morriston, Swansea, for 11 years.
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.
Morgan is a supporter of the charity Positive Women including asking fans to donate to the cause to acknowledge his birthday.
His dad a painter. He loves to paint and draw in his free time.
He had no stunt double in Ben Hur (2010) , all of his fight scenes were done by him.
His favourite horror movie is Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994). He watched the trailer 20 times.
In his first The Vampire Diaries (2009) shot, he said the wrong line.
Is a huge fan of comic books.
Has multiple tattoos including a panther-like tattoo on his right bicep, birds and a feather on his left arm/chest, and a triangle on his back.
His favorite shows are ''The Walking Dead'' and ''Game Of Thrones''.
Supports the Swaziland charity Positive Women.
Since July 5th, 2014, Joseph Morgan is the Stepfather of Mecca White.

Personal Quotes (7)

'Interview with a Vampire' made vampires sexy.
Vampires are a genre now.
If you're working with someone who you get on with and you're supposed to hate them on the screen, then you get this playful challenge thing where you're trying to one-up each other and that's really interesting. Sometimes it can become like tennis. The harder you hit the ball back, then the harder the hit it back to you.
When you're indestructible, then nothing is a threat really. So nothing needs to be taken that seriously.
I've always had an incredible interest in the villains, which are a lot more fun to play.
I would never assume to tell another actor how to do his job!
I love 'The Walking Dead.' I'm a massive fan of that show.

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