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Born 27th April 1974 in Berkshire, England
Home Hertfordshire, England
Education Actor training at the Rose Bruford College in London.
Hair Colour Dark Brown
Eye Colour Brown
Height 6' 2
Family 2 young children from first marriage.
Married Sarah-Jane Potts 31st December 2013
Interests Associate Artist of the RSC
Patron of Fire Under The Horizon
Loves football, skateboarding, is a vegetarian
Awards 2002, Winner, Hamilton Deane Award, The Lifted Veil
2003, Nominated, Ian Charlston Award, As You Like It
2011, Winner, Best Supporting Actor in a Musical, What's On Stage Awards, Love Never Dies
Agent / Voice Agent
Roger Charteris,
Ken McReddie Associates Limited
101 Finsbury Pavement
76 Oxford Street
London
EC2A 1RS
London Voice Boutique

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Born in Berkshire in 1974, Joseph initially came to public attention as Dr Sam Morgan in the long running medical drama Peak Practice; although he has since appeared in a large number of films, TV series and theatre productions.

He consistently receives amazing reviews for all his stage roles; including the superlative RSC stage production of Much Ado About Nothing, Stephen Fry's Cinderella, Hamlet at Stafford Castle, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour at the National Theatre, The Fairy Queen at Glyndebourne, Judgment Day at The Almeida, The Priory at the Royal Court Theatre, and Macbeth, in 2013, at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. Other notable stage roles include Raoul in Love Never Dies, Macbeth in the 2013 Globe Theatre production, and most recently in Mr Foote's Other Leg at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket.

On the big screen, Joseph has been seen in the Bond film Casino Royale and in The Dead 2: India. On TV, Joseph could be seen in the Doctor Who spin-off series Sarah Jane Adventures for the BBC, Channel 4 comedy series Campus, and was series regular Luc Hemingway in BBC 1's long running medical drama Holby City until January 2013. More recently, as well as various guest TV roles, Joseph was last seen on television in BBC2 drama series Banished and The Last Kingdom.  

Joseph has recorded a huge number Radio 3 and 4 plays in recent years, including Danton's Death, The Hireling, Pink Boy Blue Girl, Life and Fate and Buddenbrooks. The Real George Orwell series for BBC Radio 4 had Joseph broadcasting for 14 days straight in February 2013 as he narrated stories, plays, and also took the part of Eric Blar. For this he was nominated in the 2013 BBC Audio Awards.


It wasn't until the age of 16 that Joseph considered an acting career and trained at the Rose Bruford College in London. Joseph gained stage experience as well as small TV roles after leaving college.

In 1996 he won the lead in his first film by Jonathan Glendening, La Belle Dame Sans Merci. This was a short film of the poem by John Keats, and it won awards at various film festivals.

His big TV break came in 1999, playing Dr Sam Morgan in the ITV drama serial Peak Practice.

Between filming each series of Peak Practice, he found time to return to the stage with his then wife Caroline Fitzgerald in an innovative and acclaimed play Monogamy. Joseph and Caroline met in 1997 whilst starring in Ned Sherrin’s Salad Days. Monogamy provided a chance to utilise the production company set up by Joseph and Stuart Mullins in 1998, Pursued By A Bear.

After 2 years in Peak Practice, a dramatic storyline marked Joseph’s exit from the show. ‘They were keen for me to stay but I’m only 26 and I felt it was too soon in my career to be in one show for a long time,’ he explained at the time.

Next on the agenda was a return to the stage, with theatre production company Shared Experience in Mill On The Floss, which, after a run in the west end, was taken on tour. America and China were just two of the countries Joseph was looking forward to visiting with the play. ‘It’s going to be fantastic because I’m not very well travelled at all,’ said Joseph, ‘I’ve only been abroad three times, on holiday, so I can’t wait.’ (January 2001) TV Times.

The success of Mill On The Floss was followed by another touring production, directed by Paul Miller in 2001. Four Knights In Knaresborough, a darkly comic drama, was originated by New Vic Workshop at the Tricycle Theatre in London, where it opened to public and critical acclaim.

Joseph then returned to Shared Experiences as Robert in The Clearing, being directed by Polly Teale again, in 2002. A one man show also in 2002, The Lifted Veil, won Joseph a Hamilton Deane award for best dramatic presentation.

Two productions at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester followed. The Seagull and Cold Meat Party both performed in Rep.

Joseph remained extremely busy throughout 2002/3, spending a few months on the popular BBC soap EastEnders as character Jason James.

Said Joseph of his East Enders time; “Bizarrely I did a few months on EastEnders and I had one week of my life when I found out what those poor buggers go through. I was only on the box for about seven weeks where I had a fling with the ugly Slater sister. But I was on TV for just long enough and I was on the Tube and realised that one person was clocking me and I thought 'that's okay' and by the time I looked back up the entire carriage was looking at me. It was like someone put a lightbulb above your head saying 'you saw this twit on telly last night'. And it was my last episode on telly the next day and it was gone, but what must it be like if you're on all the time?"

In 2003 he was nominated for the RSC Ian Charleston award. For "best classical actor under 30" it was for his role as Orlando, in Peter Hall's acclaimed As You Like it.

The Royal Shakespeare Company beckoned and Joseph took roles in 3 of the plays from The Spanish Golden Age Season in 2004/5, and impressed Lawrence Boswell the season director who declared; “Joe Millson, who is playing the male lead in my show Dog in the Manger and Nancy's House of Desires is a very exciting actor. He was recently in Sir Peter Hall's As You Like It for which he has been nominated for an Ian Charleson Award. I can see him playing other leading roles for the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in the near future if that’s what he wants."

As well as a memorable guest television role in the Channel 4 series Ghost Squad in 2005, there were lead roles notably as Banquo in the BBC’s Macbeth, in 2005 and Lord Byron in The Romantics in 2006.

A highlight for Joseph was appearing with Steven Berkoff in Richard II in 2005 "That was fantastic,'' he said. "He called me Phil for the entire run and it became such a running joke among the company during notes sessions that I never dared tell him! I worked at the National for Marianne Elliott, (Pillars of the Community)who also directed Much Ado, and through most of it I was able to be at home with the children."

Joseph then returned to the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2006 to take highly acclaimed lead roles as The Bastard in King John and as Benedick, in a superlative production by Marianne Elliot, of Much Ado About Nothing. He said: "I auditioned for all the season's companies because I wanted to come back. The only qualms I had were because we're a single-income family and, contrary to what most people believe, we don't actually get paid very much.''

In recent years, Joseph has gained a huge number of outstanding reviews, and has been compared to John Cleese and Kevin Kline for his outstanding comic timing and ability to “blend romantic dash with comic absurdity.” From reading the reviews, it is clear that Joseph is a favourite with a number of influential critics.

The end of 2006 remained extremely busy for Joseph. The London premier of Casino Royale was in November. A major big screen production, Joseph was cast as Carter, a fellow MI 6 operative of James Bond, in a brief scene that allowed him to perform his own stunt but left him with a cracked collar bone .

Much Ado About Nothing transferred to London in December for a month long, sell out run, at the Novello Theatre. The show garnered more fantastic reviews and won Tamsin Grieg an Olivier Award as best actress in February 2007.

Joseph landed a major role as Alan Jackson in a brand new BBC TV show that aired on New Years Day 2007, called The Sarah Jane Adventures. Positive reviews for the Doctor Who spinoff , helped ensure that Joseph was filming the full series during the Spring of 2007. He says he is such a fan of Doctor Who and was "thrilled to be doing it. And it is nice to be doing something my kids can watch".

The start of 2007 saw Joseph in the Isle of Man filming a four part mini-series called Talk To Me. Written by Danny Brocklehurst and co-starring Max Beesley, it aired on ITV 1 throughout June 2007.

A brief return to the stage to do some "strange 10 minute plays" at the Latitude Festival, for the Bush Threatre, in July, was followed in August by a cameo role in friend Nick Moran's film Telstar

As the Sarah Jane Adventures aired on CBBC at the end of September 2007 to great reviews ; Joseph was busy on stage at the Hampstead Theatre, before going straight on to making a film with Mackenzie Crook called Abrahams Point.

A return to the stage saw the end of a very successful 2007 and start of 2008 in the role of Prince Charming, in the panto Cinderella, written by Stephen Fry at the Old Vic Theatre.

At the end of Cinderella's run in January 2008, Joseph was filming S.N.U.B! before going on to film an episode of Midsomer Murders called "Days Of Misrule", and an episode of Harley Street. Short stage runs of Fear and Misery at the Royal Court and Possessed the Oxford Playhouse followed in April.

Before tackling Hamlet in Stafford in the summer to outstanding reviews; "a very short run but good to get a first go at that monster part out of my system", Joseph filmed 2 episodes of the second series of the Sarah Jane Adventures.

The latter part of summer 2008 saw Joseph complete filming on further lead guest roles in episodes of Survivors and Ashes to Ashes for the BBC, as well as a Radio 4 series Brief Lives, which were all broadcast on the BBC.

2009 started with a return to the stage in the acclaimed Tom Stoppard play Every Good Boy Deserves Favour at the National Theatre.

This was followed by numerous audio recordings; BBC radio plays Maud, Threepenny Opera and The Man In Black and a recording of the role of Raoul for the concept album Love Never Dies (Phantom Of The Opera sequel).

Joseph was cast as the role of Hanley in the award winning BBC 4 biopic Enid,   which was broadcast in the autumn of 2009.

Once filming was completed, Joseph started rehearsals for the role of Oberon in The Fairy Queen at Glyndebourne. Being staged over the summer 2009, the Opera was also broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

Before returning to the stage at the Almeida Theatre, in September  2009 in the production Judgement Day, Joseph was filming the Chris Crow directed Devil's Bridge in Wales and a Channel 4 comedy pilot Campus, which aired in November 2009.

After a run in the new play The Priory at the Royal Court Theatre in November / December  2009, Joseph started rehersals for the stage role of Raoul in Love Never Dies, which opened in March 2010 at the Adelphi Theatre, London.

A BBC pilot Reunited, filmed in March 2010, aired in June 2010. The Channel 4 comedy Campus was picked up for a full series and started filming at the beginning of July, with Joseph filming by day and on stage by night. As well as filming Campus, Joseph also made a cameo appearance in a friends film Dead of the Night, and recorded Danton's Death for BBC Radio 3, broadcast in February 2011. 

The 5th March 2011 was Joseph's last performance in Love Never Dies, and was marked by Joseph winning the Best Supporting Actor in a Musical Award in the 2011 What's On Stage awards. He then went straight into rehearsals for a revival of Odets' play Rocket to the Moon at the National Theatre. The play opened in previews on 26th March and closed on 9th June.

The full series of Campus was broadcast on Channel 4 in April 2011, but Channel 4 sadly decided not to commission a second series. 

Joseph filmed a guest role in new Sky 1 series Mount Pleasant during the summer of 2011, which broadcast in October, and also recorded several Radio 4 plays - Life and Fate, Pink Boy Blue Girl and The Hireling. He then started filming a regular role in BBC 1's long running medical drama Holby City in August. His first episode as Luc Hemingway broadcast on 8th November 2011.  

In 2012, as well as filming Holby City, Joseph has so far completed filming on indie horror The Dead Of The Nite and made 3 short films. One was broadcast nightly on stage during the All New People run at the Duke of Yorks Theatre,  another - Mourning Rules, entered into short film competitions, and the third - Disaffected to be completed.  

A gap in filming Holby City (intended for Campus series 2) in April and May 2012 allowed Joseph to record 3 part BBC Radio Drama Buddenbrooks, as well as a small role in Working Title film I Give It A Year. Towards the end of 2012 Joseph recorded a number of radio plays for the BBC Radio 4 George Orwell celebration to be broadcast in 2013.

In February 2013 it was announced that Joseph would take the role of Macbeth in the Summer 2013 production at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, opening in June 2013 to fabulous reviews. April 2013 saw Joseph heading to India to film The Dead II: India. The film premiered at FrightFest 2013 on August 22nd and tickets to the intial screening sold out within the hour of going on sale. 

After The Globe's Macbeth closed in October 2013, Joseph shot 2 short films and an episode of Law and Order UK. The year finished on a high, with Joseph marrying his Holby City co-star Sarah-Jane Potts on 31st December.

A busy start to 2014 for Joseph, saw him film guest roles in the much anticipated 24: Live Another Day for US TV company FOX, and Showtime's Penny Dreadful. Both series aired during 2014, along with a guest episode of Law and Order UK which Joseph also filmed. Joseph spent several months of 2014 in Australia filming one of the lead roles (Major Ross) of new BBC2 drama Banished, written by Jimmy McGovern. The new series is due to air in in both UK and Australia sometime in 2015. Joseph finished 2014 filming another new BBC 2 series The Last Kingdom, in Budapest, alongside Enid co-star Matthew Macfadyen, and also managed to fit in a radio play for BBC Radio 4.