Known for playing the role of Klaus in The Vampire Diaries as well as its spin-off The Originals.
He played a role in the television series Hex for two seasons.
He had notable film roles in Immortals (2011) and Alexander (2004).
He dated actress Emily VanCamp from 2010 to 2011. He then married Persia White in 2014.
He had a small role opposite Russell Crowe in Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003).