14 March 1976 |
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
|Spouse(s)||Rachael Leigh Cook (m. 2004)|
Daniel J. Gillies (born 14 March 1976) is a Canadian-born New Zealand actor. He is best known for his role of Elijah Mikaelson on the television series The Vampire Diaries and its spin-off The Originals, as well as his role as Dr. Joel Goran on the Canadian series Saving Hope.
Gillies was born 14 March 1976 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. When Gillies was five, his parents decided to return to their native New Zealand, and moved to Invercargill and then to Hamilton. Though born into a family of strong medical background (his father is a pediatrician, his mother a nurse, and his great great great grandfather is the renowned ENT/plastic surgery pioneer Sir Harold Gillies), he became interested in acting and studied at the Unitec School of Performing Arts.
Frustrated with the lack of opportunities in New Zealand, he moved to Sydney, Australia for six weeks in 2001, before returning to his native Canada for two months, where he worked as a waiter and dishwasher until deciding to move to Los Angeles, USA.
Gillies began his career starring in several Auckland Theatre Company productions, before landing a lead role in the television drama Street Legal for two seasons. After realising his options in New Zealand were limited, he tried Sydney and Canada, before moving to Los Angeles and being cast in Bride & Prejudice and Spider-Man 2.
Since 2002, Gillies has worked in Canadian and American film and television; he's guested on television shows such as Masters of Horror, NCIS and True Blood. Since 2010, he's starred on The CW drama The Vampire Diaries as Elijah Mikaelson, and in 2012 was cast as Dr. Joel Goran in the supernatural series, Saving Hope.
He wrote and directed his first film, Broken Kingdom, in 2012; a process which took five years.
He's currently starring in The Originals, while also juggling Saving Hope.
|1998||Soldier's Sweetheart, AA Soldier's Sweetheart||Medic|
|2001||No One Can Hear You||Dirk Mettcalfe|
|2004||Spider-Man 2||John Jameson|
|2004||Bride and Prejudice||Johnny Wickham||
2004 "Evil Remains" Mark
|2006||Sensation of Sight, TheThe Sensation of Sight||Dylan|
|2007||Matters of Life and Death||Jimmy||Short film|
|2008||Uncross the Stars||Troy|
|2012||Broken Kingdom||Jason '80'||Also Director and Producer|
|1999||Young Hercules||Antos||Episode: "My Fair Lilith"|
|2000||Cleopatra 2525||Hot Guy||Episode: "Mind Games"|
|2000-2002||Street Legal||Tim O'Connor||TV series|
|2002||Mentors||King Arthur||Episode: "Once and Future King"|
|2002||Jeremiah||Simon||Episode: "The Long Road: Part 1"|
|2002||Snow Queen||Delfont Chalfont||TV movie|
|2005||Into the West||Ethan Biggs||TV miniseries|
|2007||Masters of Horror||Jack Miller||Episode: "Dream Cruise"|
|2010||Glades, TheThe Glades||Dave Rollins||Episode: "Doppelganger"|
|2010||True Blood||Jon||Episode: "I Smell a Rat"|
|2010||NCIS||Royal Marine Major Peter Malloy||Episode: "Royals & Loyals"|
|2010–present||Vampire Diaries, TheThe Vampire Diaries||Elijah Mikaelson||Recurring Role|
|2012–present||Saving Hope||Dr. Joel Goran||Lead role|
|2013–present||The Originals||Elijah Mikaelson||Starring|
- Gallagher, Michael Aaron (2012-09-11). "Daniel Gillies Releases Broken Kingdom/Kingdom Come Films". StayFamous.net. Retrieved 2012-11-21.
- Barry, Rebecca (2005-06-19). "Spiderweb of fame". NZ Herald. Retrieved 2012-11-21.
- "Baby on the Way for Rachael Leigh Cook and Daniel Gillies". People. 8 May 2013. Retrieved 28 September 2013.
- "Rachael Leigh Cook: I’m Happy We Waited to Have a Baby". People. 25 June 2013. Retrieved 28 September 2013.
- Webber, Stephanie (29 September 2013). "Rachael Leigh Cook, Husband Daniel Gillies Welcome Baby Girl". Us Weekly. Retrieved 29 September 2013.
- Chen, Joyce (4 October 2013). "Rachael Leigh Cook Reveals Baby Name: Charlotte Easton Gillies!". Us Weekly. Retrieved 4 October 2013.