Michiel Huisman

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Michiel Huisman
Born (1981-07-18) 18 July 1981 (age 32)
Amstelveen, North Holland, The Netherlands
Years active 1998-present
Spouse(s) Tara Elders (m. 2008)
Children 1

Michiel Huisman (born 18 July 1981) is a Dutch television and film actor. He was the lead singer and guitarist of the Dutch band Fontane. He starred in the HBO series Treme as Sonny, a drug-addicted musician. He has a recurring role on Nashville as bad-boy music producer Liam McGuinnis.

Life and career[edit]

Huisman was born near Amsterdam in Amstelveen, North Holland.

He was a part of the Dutch band Fontane. The band consisted of Huisman, Roland van der Hoofd, Gilles Tuinder and Bas van Geldere. They made music for the Dutch films Costa! and Full Moon Party (in both of which Huisman played a starring role). The band later split up and Huisman decided to pursue music on his own.

He had a part in the 2006 Dutch film Black Book,[1] starring fellow Dutch actress and good friend Carice van Houten.

He played Rudolf Nureyev in the BBC drama Margot opposite Anne-Marie Duff as Dame Margot Fonteyn which aired in 2009. In the same year he portrayed Ernest II, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha in The Young Victoria, a dramatization of early reign of Queen Victoria.

Huisman played the role of Sonny, a busker who plays keyboards and guitar, in the HBO series Treme (2010-2014). He was taught New Orleans piano by local Davis Rogan for the series. Rogan was the inspiration for Davis McAlary, the character played by Steve Zahn.[2]

In September 2013, it was confirmed that Huisman will take over the role of Daario Naharis in the fourth season (2014) of Game of Thrones [3] The role was previously played by actor Ed Skrein.

In 2013, it was confirmed that Huisman will have a recurring role on the second season of Orphan Black. He will be portraying the character Cal Morrison, a rugged outdoorsman who crosses paths with the clones. The season started broadcast in April 2014.

Personal life[edit]

Huisman first met his wife, fellow Dutch actress Tara Elders, on the set of Phileine Says Sorry in 2003. On 9 June 2007, Elders gave birth to a daughter, Hazel Huisman. The couple were married in a private ceremony around February 2008. Huisman and Elders both starred in two short films directed by Dirk Tuinder, Funny Dewdrop (2007) and Winterland (2009).


Year Title Role Notes
1995 Voor hete vuren Episode: Prettige feestdagen
1998 Goede tijden, slechte tijden Rover
1998 Kees & Co. Loopjongen Episode: Sonja's trouwdag
1999 Suzy Q Palmer TV movie
1999-2002 Spangen Pelle 4 episodes
2001 Dok 12 Frederik van Kemenade Episode: Geen lijk, geen dader
2001 Costa! Bart
2001 Uitgesloten Coen TV movie
2001 Costa! Bart 10 episodes
2002 Exit Renates vriend TV short
2002 Full Moon Party Bobbie
2003 Phileine Says Sorry Max
2004 Floris Floris
2005 Meiden van de Wit Boudewign Peuts 9 episodes
2005 Johan Johan Dros
2006 Dalziel and Pascoe Back-packer Episode: Wrong Place, Wrong Time: Part 1
2006 Black Book Rpb
2006 't Schaep Met De 5 Pooten Freddy Episode: Het zal je kind maar wezen!
2007 Funny Dewdrop Orpheus Short
2007-2010 De co-assistent Hugo Biesterveld Main cast, 41 episodes
2009 Unmade Beds X Ray Man
2009 The Young Victoria Ernest
2009 Winterland Francis Young
2009 Margot Rudolph Nureyev TV movie
2010 First Mission Wout
2010 Bloedverwanten Martijn Zwager 12 episodes
2010-2013 Treme Sonny 35 episodes
2012-present Nashville Liam McGuinnis Recurring role
2013 The Sixth Gun Drake Sinclair TV movie
2013 World War Z Ellis
2013 The Woman in the Dress Tom Short
2014 Orphan Black Cal Morrison 5 episodes
2014 Game of Thrones Daario Naharis 7 episodes
2014 American Dream Nicky Novenchenko Post-production
2014 Wild Jonathan Post-production
2015 Adaline Filming


  1. ^ Byrnes, Paul (July 7, 2007). "Film Reviews: Black Book". Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Publications). 
  2. ^ Reilly, Dan (June 4, 2010). "'Treme' Creator David Simon Crafts a Love Letter to New Orleans' Musical Culture". Spinner. AOL. Retrieved 6 October 2011. 
  3. ^ Lesley Goldberg (28 August 2013). "'Game of Thrones' Books 'Treme' Alum for Season 4". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 

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