The Originals centers on Niklaus Mikaelson and the Original Family of vampires, as he returns to the supernatural crucible that is the French Quarter of New Orleans.


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The Vampire Diaries as Klaus

Airing: Thursday on CW (2013)

Klaus was an Old One, a pure-blooded vampire. He is the main antagonist in Dark Reunion. Klaus is resurrected in The Hunters: Destiny Rising, on a mission to get revenge and destroy Elena and all of her friends.


The Originals as Klaus

Airing: on CW (Fall 2013)

Niklaus is an Original Hybrid, and the son of an unnamed werewolf and Esther. He has six half-siblings. Klaus is also the step-son of Mikael, with whom he had a strained relationship before the latter got killed.


Open Grave as Nathan

Status: Completed (2014)

A man wakes up in the wilderness, in a pit full of dead bodies, with no memory and must determine if the murderer is one of the strangers who rescued him, or if he himself is the killer.


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  • His favorite author is Stephen King.
  • He supports the charity Positive Women.
  • He was once in a band before his acting career took off.
  • His favorite movie is Fight Club.
  • If stranded on island, he’d take Daniel Gillies with him because he is skilled in martial arts.
  • He 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.
  • Joseph is a massive fan of The Walking Dead.
  •  He is very into ‘zombie movies’ like ‘Dead Snow’, ‘Dawn of the Dead’ remake, ’28 days’, ’28 weeks’ and ‘The Walking Dead’
  • Fight Club is one of his favorite films of all time.
  • He is afraid of spiders.


1. He has a passable American accent.
When he starred in Harmony Korine’s Mister Lonely, Joseph portrayed a James Dean impersonator and affected a pretty convincing American accent. According to his casting sheet, Australian, Cockney, and Irish are among his other voice talents.

2. He’s easy on the eyes.
Okay, yes, you know this. But did you know he’s 5’11″, weighs 159 pounds, and has blue-green eyes? Alright then.

3. He’s quite adept at doing the time warp.
Playing everything from Philotas during Alexander’s great reign to Jesus-era Judah in Ben-Hur to a Jane Austen character in Mansfield Park, Joseph’s roles have spanned quite a range of years.

4. Call him Martin?
Joseph Morgan was actually born Joseph Martin. We’ve no idea why he decided to switch it up, or why he chose to go with something equally generic. What are you hiding, Mr. Morgan?

5. Sweet chariot
That was no stunt double in Joseph’s Ben-Hur fight scenes, including the one that took place aboard a chariot. Before shooting the remake of the Charlton Heston classic, Joseph, who was already comfortable in a saddle, took special riding lessons to film the scene. He told “I did get up there and do a fair amount of it myself, that’s something that’s going on the CV.” Hey, we know someone else who has a thing for horses! Remember when Klaus drew a pony for Caroline?

6. He’s well trained.
Joseph Morgan attended the Central School of Speech and Drama. Laurence Olivier, Lynn and Vanessa Redgrave, and Kathleen Turner also studied at the college, known for its theater training. TVD  Executive Producers Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson certainly have a knack for finding talented actors to fill their roles.

7. His resume includes writer, director, and actor.
Want to see Joseph’s work behind the camera? With These Hands is a short film he wrote, produced, directed, and had a small role in. Let’s just say he’s no stranger to oodles of fake blood.

8. Why not show some skin?
When asked by the The Globe and Mail if he likes being naked on screen, Joseph responded: “It’s not something I’m afraid of, but it takes a fair bit of hard work beforehand. I don’t read a script and go, ‘how much am I naked in this?’” Since Joseph rocks some killer abs, this is good info to have.

9. He’s in good company. 
It’s no wonder Joseph more than holds his own among the other quality actors on TVD — he’s shared the screen with Colin Farrell, Val Kilmer, and Anthony Hopkins in Alexander; Russell Crowe in Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World; and Mickey Rourke and John Hurt in the upcoming Immortals.

10. Quick study
We know the TVD cast loves the Twitter. Even Paul Wesley’s in on the action now. And the newest addition had no trouble jumping right into the techno craze. And based on Joseph’s knowledge of vampires, the spoilers he spills, and his sometimes sinister tone, we’re pretty pleased to get this glimpse inside the man’s methods.

11. He fits in philanthropically. 
Ian Somerhalder is practically a do-gooder superhero, and as a strong supporter of Positive Women, a charity which aims to empower women in Swaziland, Joseph Morgan shares the same giving spirit. Awesome! Together, these two just might save the world.

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