Just a day before the premiere of the epic 10-hour “The Bible” TV series on the History Channel, the actor who plays the role of Jesus in the miniseries appeared before thousands of Christian leaders at the National Religious Broadcaster Convention on and shared his thoughts about playing Jesus. That was the first time a lot of people got to hear this actor up close and personal.
Mark Burnett, who co-produced “The Bible” with his wife, Roma Downey, introduced actor Diogo Morgado, who plays the starring role in the miniseries.
Morgado, who grew up in Portugal, described his homeland as a religious country. He said he was not only challenged by the role, but was humbled at being selected for the part.
Morgado began his career at age fourteen as a model. His first television work was in Portuguese soap operas and TV series, his name came into the limelight with his role as Miguel in the SIC produced TV film Amo-te Teresa (2000). He later featured in the teen telenovela Floribella (2006), had a starring role in Vingança (2007), starred as the protagonist in the mini-series A Vida Privada de Salazar (2009), featured in Lua Vermelha (2010) and starred in the Emmy Award winning Laços de Sangue (2010). Morgado is married to Cátia Oliveira and has a son, Santiago, born on September 2, 2009
On playing Jesus the 33-year-old actor said “How can you play the Son of God? You can’t,What I had the privilege of playing was simply the words of Christ and taking the journey of the scriptures.”
Tune in to watch the new episode of “The Bible” this Sunday on History Channel.