Daniel Gillies

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Daniel Gillies
Daniel Gillies at PaleyFest 2014.jpg
Gillies at PaleyFest 2014 for The Originals
Born (1976-03-14) 14 March 1976 (age 41)
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Nationality Canadian, New Zealand
Occupation Actor, screenwriter, director, producer
Years active 1997–present
Spouse(s) Rachael Leigh Cook (m. 2004)
Children 2

Daniel Gillies (born March 14, 1976) is a Canadian-born New Zealand actor. He is best known for his role as Elijah Mikaelson on the television series The Vampire Diaries and its spin-off The Originals, as well as Dr. Joel Goran on the Canadian series Saving Hope, a medical themed show with a mystical, paranormal twist. He wrote and directed the 2012 film Broken Kingdom.

Early life[edit]

Gillies was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada to New Zealand parents. When he 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 was the renowned ENT/plastic surgery pioneer Sir Harold Gillies), he became interested in acting because he said it was "the only thing I was ever any good at".[1]

Frustrated with the lack of opportunities in New Zealand, he moved to Sydney, Australia for six weeks in 2001, before going to Canada for two months, where he worked as a waiter and dishwasher until deciding to move to Los Angeles, USA.[2]


Gillies began his career starring in several Auckland Theatre Company productions, before landing a two season lead role in the television drama Street Legal. After deciding that his acting options in his native New Zealand were limited, Gillies explored his options in Sydney and Canada. Gillies then moved to Los Angeles and was soon cast in the movies Pride & Prejudice and Spider-Man 2.

Since 2002, Gillies has worked in Canadian and American film and television – at times simultaneously. Before landing lead roles in television series, Gillies landed guests spots on television shows such as Masters of Horror, NCIS, and True Blood. In 2010, he was cast on the hit The CW drama The Vampire Diaries as Elijah Mikaelson. In 2013, CW created a successful spin-off of The Vampire Diaries chronicling the lives of the first (aka "the Original") vampires. Gillies' once recurring part as Elijah from The Vampire Diaries became a lead part in The Originals. A potential nightmare existed for CW since Gillies was already under contract to play the playboy-ish Dr. Joel Goran in the supernatural series, Saving Hope. Saving Hope initially aired in the US on NBC, but the series was not renewed although it continued to run in Canada. He continued both shows. In 2012, Gillies wrote, directed and starred with his wife Rachel Leigh Cook in Broken Kingdom.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Gillies married American actress Rachael Leigh Cook on 8 August 2004, after less than a year of dating.[3][4] Together, they have a daughter born in 2013 and a son born in 2015.[5][6]


Film roles
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 aka. Evil Remains
2004 Bride and Prejudice Johnny Wickham
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


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Young Hercules Antos Episode: "My Fair Lilith"
2000 Cleopatra 2525 Hot Guy Episode: "Mind Games"
2000 Street Legal Tim O'Connor Main role (seasons 1–2)
2002 Mentors King Arthur Episode: "Once and Future King"
2002 Jeremiah Simon Episode: "The Long Road: Part 1"
2002 Snow Queen Delfont Chalfont Television movie
2005 Into the West Ethan Biggs Television 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"
2010–2014 Vampire Diaries, TheThe Vampire Diaries Elijah Mikaelson Recurring role
2012–2015 Saving Hope Dr. Joel Goran Main role (seasons 1–3)
2013–present The Originals Elijah Mikaelson Main role

As director[edit]

Year Title Notes
2017 The Originals Episode: "Phantomesque"[7][8]


  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. 
  7. ^ "4x10 episode title - Phantomesque. #TheOriginals". Twitter. November 4, 2016. Retrieved November 27, 2016. 
  8. ^ "EP 410 cast read through. Look who's in the directors chair. #TheOriginals". Twitter. October 26, 2016. Retrieved November 27, 2016. 

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