Who Is Joseph Morgan’s Wife, Persia White? They Met on ‘The Vampire Diaries’

There are a lot of love stories in The Vampire Diaries, but nothing beats the real thing. And the real thing is what The Originals‘ Joseph Morgan shares with wife Persia White. Like Ian Somerhalder and Nikki Reed, Morgan and White’s love story starts with vampires. Let’s learn everything there is to know about their love story that started on set of The Vampire Diaries.

Joseph Morgan and Persia White pose as they arrive at the Mercy For Animals' Annual Hidden Heroes Gala at Vibiana on September 23, 2017
Joseph Morgan and Persia White | Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic

How much is Persia White worth?

White was a CW star long before her husband. She played Lynn Searcy in The CW’s Girlfriends alongside Tracee Ellis Ross, Golden Brooks, and Jill Marie Jones from 2000 to 2008. They had a reunion on Black-ish in 2019, although the girlfriends weren’t playing their characters from The CW sitcom. Now that the show has been added to Netflix, fans are eager for a Girlfriends reboot, and the cast is interested in making it happen.

The 48-year-old star appeared in some movies after Girlfriends‘ abrupt cancelation, and then she was cast as Bonnie Bennett’s mother, Abby Bennett Wilson, in The Vampire Diaries in 2012. Her first episode was in season 3 episode 12, “The Ties That Bind.” Klaus Mikaelson’s first episode of The Vampire Diaries was season 2 episode 19.

Outside of acting, White was in an industrial rock band called XEO3 and released a solo album, Mecca, in 2009. Her Instagram bio states that she’s an actor, filmmaker, musician, and artist, and White also has modeling experience. The actor is also a vegan and animal rights activist.

The Originals alum and White run an online shop called the Morgan White Store. It sells Klaus-inspired merchandise, like daylight rings. According to Celebrity Net Worth, White is worth around $700,000.

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How did Joseph Morgan meet Persia White?

White appeared in seven episodes of The Vampire Diaries Season 3. Bonnie’s mom was once a powerful witch. She had to leave Mystic Falls and her daughter behind after she imprisoned Mikael—the father of the Original vampires and Klaus’ stepfather—with her magic.

Mikael had come to Mystic Falls to find baby Elena Gilbert, Katherine Pierce’s doppelgänger, and Abby saved her. The act drained her magic over time. Damon Salvatore turned Abby into a vampire in order to save Elena’s life.

Did Klaus marry Bonnie’s mom? Yup, he sure did. Morgan, 39, told The Associated Press in 2014 about their meet-cute at work. He said:

We didn’t know each other before The Vampire Diaries, but we didn’t meet on set. We met in the lobby area where they bring everyone in and they send people off to hair and makeup and set and different things. And we just got talking there and that little chat lasted about two hours. And I thought, ‘Well, I definitely want to see her again.’ And it grew from there. And then we rarely spent any time apart since that point when we met.

After a few years of dating, the pair announced their engagement in May 2014 and got married two months later on July 5.

Joseph Morgan and Persia White at the Mercy For Animals 20th Anniversary Gala on Sept. 14, 2019 in Los Angeles
Joseph Morgan and Persia White | Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

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Does Joseph Morgan have kids?

Morgan and White haven’t had biological children together, but White has a daughter, Mecca, who was born in 1995 and whom Morgan adopted after he married the Girlfriends alum.

The British actor told AP that White was a huge part of The Originals, even though she didn’t appear in the series. He explained that while he would have loved to act with his wife on the show, it wouldn’t make sense for her to play anyone but Bonnie’s mother in The Originals. And her character didn’t fit into The Originals narrative in a sensible way.

“She’s a huge part of the show, for me, because she watches every show, we talk about it,” Morgan told AP. “She tests me on every scene. She’s incredibly supportive. She’s there running lines with me late at night.” He continued:

“She comes to set frequently and is there. I’ll get home after an exhausting 16-hour day, and there’s some food and a beer in the fridge. She’s incredibly, incredibly supportive. I don’t think I could do it without her because it’s such long hours and such a taxing job.”

When they’re not working, they’re gushing over each other on Instagram. Go ahead and check out their feeds and begin to swoon.