Joseph Morgan plays Klaus, one of the “Originals”—the very first vampire family—and the most powerful vampire in existence. Season three will reveal Klaus’s family history and his reasons for wanting Stefan on his side.
Morgan was born in London and spent his childhood with his family in Swansea, Wales, where he attended Morriston Comprehensive School before moving back to London in his late teens to study acting at the Central School of Speech and Drama. Upon graduation from Central School, Morgan was hired by acclaimed film director Peter Weir (Gallipoli, The Year of Living Dangerously, Dead Poets Society, The Truman Show) to costar opposite Russell Crow 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 as Troy in the first series of the Sky One UK television series Hex. He also has starred in the BBC miniseries The Line of Beauty. Other television credits include the series Doc Martin and Mansfield Park, in which he played the character of William, alongside star Billie Piper.
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 Steve Shill. In 2010, Morgan’s film roles included the independent drama Angels Crest, and the big-budget film Immortals, in which he costarred with Mickey Rourke. Both films were shot in Canada and are scheduled for a 2011 release.