True TVD fans know everything about the original vampires, but how much do you know about the actors playing your favorite evil characters? Some of you have not seen The Vampire Diaries (shame on you!) but are very interested in The Originals. Well, this post is for you! This is your chance to get to know these actors and the characters they play so you would be ready for The Originals premiere Thursday, October 3rd. (Click here to get all the premiere dates!)

Joseph Morgan

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Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images

Before Morgan starred as our favorite villain, he starred in many other television series and movies. He was in several British series like Hex, Doc Martin, Casualty and the TV mini series The Line of Beauty. He appeared in supporting roles in the films Alexander, Master and Commander: The Far Side of The World and Immortals. In 2013, he directed his first short-film called Revelations. In The Vampire Diaries and The Originals he plays Klaus. He is not only an original vampire, but he is also the original hybrid (half vampire-half werewolf) which makes him extremely powerful and dangerous. His desires in life are to be loved, to have loyal followers and have friends and family, but his manipulative and short-tempered personality makes it difficult for people to like him instead of fear and respect him. 

Daniel Gillies

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Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images

Gillies comes from a medical family, but he chose acting as his passion and career. In 2000, he got his first lead role in the New Zealand series Street Legal. He also worked in Canada and Australia. Eventually, he moved to Los Angeles and got roles in films like Bride and Prejudice and Spider-man 2. He directed his first film in 2013 called Broken Kingdom. He guest starred in series like True Blood and NCIS and had a lead role in the Canadian series Saving Hope along side our Smallville star Erica Durance before he became part of our CW family in The Vampire Diaries and The Originals. Gillies plays Elijah in The Originals and he is the oldest sibling in the Original family. He is the most loyal of the original family and loves and values his family.

Claire Holt

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Photo by Toby Canham/Getty Images for AIF

Holt started her acting career in the Australian television series H2O Just Add Water in 2006. After the second season, she left the show to be in the film The Messenger 2: The Scarecrow and later in the TV movie Mean Girls 2. She went back to television and starred in the ABC Family series Pretty Little Liars. She had the lead role in the movie Blue Like Jazz which was produced with donated money through Kickstarter. In The Vampire Diaries and The Originals, she plays the character of Rebekah. She is the only female vampire in the original family. Because she is constantly betrayed by other people she built an emotional wall around her and acts cruel and mean to other people,  but the truth is, she is really fragile. Her dream is to be human again and be able to live a human life.

Phoebe Tonkin

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Photo by Caroline McCredie/Getty Images

Tonkin also started her acting career along-side Claire Holt in H2O Just Add Water in 2006. In 2008, she was nominated for “Best Lead Actress in a Television Series” at the Australian Film Institute Awards. She also appeared in the Australian television series Packed to the Rafters and Home and Away. In 2010, she starred in her first film called Tomorrow, When the War Began and will star in the sequel coming out in 2014. She became part of our CW family when she starred in the series The Secret Circle. She now plays Haley in The Vampire Diaries and The Originals. She is a werewolf and she is impulsive, tough and very protective. She has proven that she is willing to do anything to get what she wants, even at the expense of someone else’s life. Her character is one of the reasons the Original family moves to New Orleans.  

Charles Michael Davis

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Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images

Davis is the new addition to the former The Vampire Diaries family. He has guest starred in several series like That’s so Raven, Switched at Birth and The Client List. In 2011, he landed a recurring character in the series The Game. He also had a recurring role in the ninth season of Grey’s Anatomy. In The Originals, he plays the character of Marcel. He is a vampire living in New Orleans and was once part of Klaus’ protégé. He is the leader to the supernatural world in New Orleans and he enforces a system of rules that everybody has to follow. He is diabolical, dangerous, charismatic, and the life of the party.

I cannot wait to see what happens to these characters! Who is your favorite Original vampire?

Don’t forget to watch The Originals Thursday October 3rd at 9pm on CW44!

Ana Christina Sanchez/CW44 Tampa Bay

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