Daniel Gillies

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Daniel Gillies
Born (1976-03-14) 14 March 1976 (age 38)
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Nationality New Zealand
Occupation Actor
Years active 1997–present
Spouse(s) Rachael Leigh Cook (m. 2004)
Children 1

Daniel 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.

Early life[edit]

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.[1]

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.[2]

Career[edit]

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.[1]

He's currently starring in The Originals, while also juggling Saving Hope.

Personal life[edit]

Gillies married American actress Rachael Leigh Cook on 8 August 2004.[3][4] They have one daughter, Charlotte Easton Gillies (born 28 September 2013).[5][6]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1998 Soldier's Sweetheart, AA Soldier's Sweetheart Medic
2001 No One Can Hear You Dirk Mettcalfe
2002 Various Positions Marcel
2004 Spider-Man 2 John Jameson
2004 Trespassing Mark
2004 Bride and Prejudice Johnny Wickham

2004 "Evil Remains" Mark

2006 Sensation of Sight, TheThe Sensation of Sight Dylan
2007 Captivity Gary Dexter
2007 Matters of Life and Death Jimmy Short film
2008 Uncross the Stars Troy
2012 Broken Kingdom Jason '80' Also Director and Producer
Television
Year Title Role Notes
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 Lead role

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Gallagher, Michael Aaron (2012-09-11). "Daniel Gillies Releases Broken Kingdom/Kingdom Come Films". StayFamous.net. Retrieved 2012-11-21. 
  2. ^ Barry, Rebecca (2005-06-19). "Spiderweb of fame". NZ Herald. Retrieved 2012-11-21. 
  3. ^ "Baby on the Way for Rachael Leigh Cook and Daniel Gillies". People. 8 May 2013. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "Rachael Leigh Cook: I’m Happy We Waited to Have a Baby". People. 25 June 2013. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  5. ^ Webber, Stephanie (29 September 2013). "Rachael Leigh Cook, Husband Daniel Gillies Welcome Baby Girl". Us Weekly. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  6. ^ Chen, Joyce (4 October 2013). "Rachael Leigh Cook Reveals Baby Name: Charlotte Easton Gillies!". Us Weekly. Retrieved 4 October 2013. 

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