16 May 1981
|Known for||The Vampire Diaries and The Originals as Klaus Mikaelson|
Joseph Morgan (born Joseph Martin; 16 May 1981) is a British actor and director. He is best known for his role as Niklaus "Klaus" Mikaelson on The CW's The Vampire Diaries and its spin-off The Originals, in which he is the lead.
Morgan was born in London, but lived in 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 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, and played Lysander in the 2011 film Immortals, alongside Henry Cavill. BuddyTV ranked him number 84 on its list of "TV's Sexiest Men of 2011". 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.
Morgan met actress Persia White on the set of The Vampire Diaries. They began dating in 2011 and became engaged in 2014. They married on 5 July 2014 in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. He is stepfather to White's daughter.
Morgan is a supporter of the charity Positive Women.
|2003||Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World||William Warley, Captain of the Mizzentop|
|2006||Kenneth Williams: Fantabulosa!||Alfie|
|2007||Mansfield Park||William Price|
|2007||Mister Lonely||James Dean|
|2011||With These Hands||George||Also writer, director and producer. Short film.|
|2013||Revelation||—||As writer, director and producer. Short film.|
|2014||500 Miles North||James Hogg|
|2017||Carousel||Kit||Also writer, director and producer. Short film.|
|2002||Spooks||Reverend Parr||1 episode in Season 1|
|2003||Henry VIII||Thomas Culpeper||1 episode in Season 1|
|2004||Hex||Troy||5 episodes in Season 1|
|2005||William and Mary||Callum||3 episodes in Season 3|
|2006||The Line of Beauty||Jasper||1 episode in Season 1|
|2007||Silent Witness||Matthew Williams||2 episodes in Season 11|
|2007||Doc Martin||Mick Mabley||5 episodes in Season 3|
|2008–2009||Casualty||Tony Reece||8 episodes in Season 23|
|2010||Ben Hur||Judah Ben-Hur|
|2011–2016||The Vampire Diaries||Klaus Mikaelson||Recurring role: Season 2|
Main role: Season 3–4
Special guest: Seasons 5, 7
|2019||Animal Kingdom||Jed||Recurring: Season 4|
|2020||Brave New World||CJack60|
|2016||The Originals||Episode: "Behind the Black Horizon"|
|2017||Episode: "Keepers of the House"|
|2018||Episode: "Ne Me Quitte Pas"|
|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||El Mejor Chupasangre (En: Best Vampire)||The Originals||Nominated|
|2015||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Actor: Sci-Fi/Fantasy||The Originals||Nominated|
|2016||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV: Liplock (with Leah Pipes)||The Originals||Nominated|
|2017||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor||The Originals||Nominated|
|2018||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor||The Originals||Nominated|
White, who will turn 42 this year, is the mother of an 19-year-old daughter named Mecca.