Who is Joseph Morgan? The Vital Stats:
- Name: Joseph Martin
- Nicknames: Joe
- Height: 5’11″
- Age: 30
- Born: May 16, 1981 in London, England
- Profession: Actor
- Status: Unknown at time of publication.
- Filmography (year, title, role):
2003: Eroica (Matthias) – made for TV movie
2003: Henry VIII (Thomas Culpepper) – made for TV movie
2003: Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (William Warley, Cpt. of Mizzentop) – feature film
2004: Hex (Troy) – television series
2004: Alexander (Philotas) – feature film
2005: William and Mary (Callum) – television series
2006: Kenneth Williams: Fantabulosa! (Alfie) – made for TV movie
2006: The Line of Beauty (Jasper) – television mini-series
2007: Mansfield Park (William Price) – made for TV movie
2007: Mister Lonely (James Dean) – feature film
2007: Silent Witness (Matthew Williams) – television series; episodes Suffer the Children (parts one and two)
2007: Doc Martin (Mick Mabley) – television series
2008-2009: Casualty (Tony/Tony Reece) – television series
2010: Ben Hur (Ben Hur/Judah Ben Hur) – television mini-series
2011: Angels Crest – feature film
2011-2012: The Vampire Diaries (Klaus) – television series
2011 (post-production): The Grind (Paul) – feature film
2011 (post-production): Immortals (Lysander) – feature film
2011 (filming): 500 Miles North (James Hogg) – feature film
I love Ian Somerhalder and have since My Life as a House. I was thrilled to learn I would once again have the chance to watch him on television when I heard he’d been cast as Damon Salvatore on The CW’s The Vampire Diaries and since the premiere of the very first season, I have no missed and episode. Something disturbing has been happening lately though – something I wasn’t prepared for. Another beautiful vampire (hybrid, technically but that’s not the point) has been stealing my heart from sexy Somerhalder – the beautiful, talented and ridiculously charismatic Joseph Morgan.
I’ve actually been a Joseph Morgan fan for a while; first seeing him alongside Russell Crow, Paul Bettany in Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. To be fair, it’s been quite some time and I actually only remember four things about it; Russell Crow (whom I love), Paul Bettany (whom I also love), ships at sea and a blond boy who turned out to be the striking man I now know as Klaus. He made an impact on me back then even though his role was a small one.
Sadly, I missed out on his follow up, a television series called Hex, but I definitely remember seeing him in 2004′s Alexander in which he had another small but memorable supporting role alongside Hollywood heavyweights such as Angelina Jolie, Colin Farrell and Anthony Hopkins. Unlike Master and Commander I didn’t love Alexander but when the movie was over, I made a mental note to remember the name Joseph Morgan. I remembered him from Master and predicted nothing but success for the talented actor with the gorgeous cheekbones and unbelievably sexy lips. Since then, I have been a devoted fan so the news that he would be joining The Vampire Diaries cast as the baddie we’d heard so much about – the devilish Klaus – just about made me dance around in joy. Still I was nervous. There had been a lot of build up for the first appearance of Klaus. Would Joseph be able to live up to the hype?
Yes! Joseph is everything we wanted and more. Sexy, sinister and impossibly cool, Joseph plays the role flawlessly. From the moment he appeared on the screen, it was clear there was a new vampire in town and things were going to get real. As the show progresses, we see there’s more to Klaus and Joseph is more than capable of playing such a complex character. This is why I love him so very much. He has real talent as an actor. He makes you believe whatever he needs you to believe. Klaus is a bloodthirsty hybrid devil existing merely to wreak havoc and cause chaos. Klaus is a lonely soul seeking companionship from his long lost friend. Klaus is just as scared as he is scary; running from a hunter who wants to end his existence. Who is Klaus? Joseph’s performance would have you believe he’s all of those things and we may never know whether it’s the truth or an illusion.
Some of you may have noticed there was no Man Candy last Monday. Apologies. Some personal issues arose and combined with a whole lot of nasty weather so I was without internet access for most of last week. I left the poll open for an extra week and the results were interesting. It was a close race – one of our closest yet, actually – but to be honest, I was really rooting for Joseph to take the win. In the end, Joseph won with 32.86% of the vote while Alex Pettyfer came in second with 22.86%. Paul Wesley wasn’t far behind Alex, taking third place with 21.43% of the vote with Michael C. Hall coming fourth with a respectable 17.14% of the vote. There was a solitary write in vote for Jason Momoa but I’m breaking from form with this one. Usually a write in would automatically get a place on this week’s poll (see Lukas Rossi) but considering I’ve already done a Jason Momoa profile, I don’t think it’s necessary. With that said, here are the options I’m putting on the poll this week: Alex Pettyfer (Beastly, I Am Number Four, Magic Mike), Paul Wesley (The Vampire Diaries), Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Ryan Kwanten (True Blood), Maksim Chmerkovskiy (professional dancer, Dancing with the Stars) and Lenny Kravitz (actor, musician). As always, write in votes are welcome. If you’re not sure if there’s already a profile, scroll to the end of this article for a list of all my Man Candy Monday profiles. Vote now! Vote often! Help your favorite man win!
Want more Man Candy? Check out my previous Man Candy Monday profiles:
- Man Candy Monday: Charlie Hunnam
- Man Candy Monday: Ian Somerhalder
- Man Candy Monday: Jensen Ackles
- Man Candy Monday: Jake Gyllenhaal
- Man Candy Monday: Joe Manganiello
- Man Candy Monday: Garrett Hedlund
- Man Candy Monday: Ashton Kutcher
- Man Candy Monday: Jason Momoa
- Man Candy Monday: Robert Pattinson
- Man Candy Monday: James Franco
- Man Candy Monday: Alexander Skarsgård
- Man Candy Monday: Lukas Rossi