Joseph Morgan plays Klaus Mikaelson, a werewolf-vampire hybrid and the youngest sibling of the Original family, on The CW’s new drama The Originals.
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 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 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.
In 2011 while on hiatus from The Vampire Diaries, Morgan filmed the British Indie 500 Miles North, his second film with director Luke Massey. The first collaboration with Massey, Warhouse, was released in late 2012.
In 2012, Morgan has not only proved himself to be a fan favorite on The Vampire Diaries, he has also starred opposite Sharlto Copely in the Atlas Indie production Open Grave and directed his first short film Revelation, starring Persia White (Abby Bennett on The Vampire Diaries).
Morgan was recently cast as the lead in the upcoming adaptation of Craig Clevenger’s novel Dermaphoria, which was written and directed by Ross Clarke.