Morgan was born in London and spent his childhood with his family in Swansea, Wales, 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 co-starred 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,” is penciled for release in late 2012.
This year Morgan has not only proved himself to be a fan favorite on ‘The Vampire Diaries’, he has also starred opposite Sharlto Copely in Atlas Indie production “Open Grave” and directed his first short film, “Revelation,” starring Persia White.
Joe has been a keen supporter of Positive Women ever since he was introduced to the charity by founder, Kathryn Llewellyn.
“Positive Women is a fantastic charity with a bright future. As soon as I was introduced to them I knew that I just had to be involved. Their work in Swaziland is vital to the survival of thousands of people. I hope that others will support Positive Women and help us to save lives and transform a country”.
South African radio and television presenter, ultra-marathon runner and Positive Women ambassador.
Koula’s career in broadcasting began during her varsity days. Whilst studying Journalism at RAU, Johannesburg, enthusiastic music lover Koula joined her campus radio station and was soon discovered by a retail station. The campus and retail stations provided Koula with invaluable experience and upon completion of her degree, she was offered a job at national youth radio station, 5FM. During the eight years that Koula was with 5FM, she hosted their flagship shows – the 5FM Top 40 as well as the World Chart Show – and hosted prime time shows on their week day lineup. She became well-known for her formidable music knowledge and was sent to cover music festivals across the globe.
Koula has hosted several tv shows, most recently presenting MNet’s magazine show “All Access”, where she covered glitzy events like New York Fashion Week and interviewed everyone from John Travolta to Liam Neeson and Sam Worthington.
Koula left 5FM in July 2010 and joined regional radio station, 94.7 Highveld Stereo in December 2010. She currently hosts the Sunday 10am-2pm show and continues working as a voice-over artist, MC and club dj.
Besides her love of music and broadcasting, Koula is also a keen ultra-marathoner. She has completed four Comrades Marathons (hailed as the world’s toughest ultra-marathon at 89km) to date and is in training for her fifth Comrades.