Anders at WonderCon, April 2015
|Born||David Anders Holt
March 11, 1981
Grants Pass, Oregon, United States
David Anders (born David Anders Holt; March 11, 1981) is an American television and stage actor. He is best known for his roles as Julian Sark on Alias, as Adam Monroe on Heroes, as John Gilbert in the TV series The Vampire Diaries, and as Victor Frankenstein/Dr. Whale on ABC's Once Upon A Time. Although Anders is American, a few of his noted roles required him to use a British Home counties accent.
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Anders was born in Grants Pass, Oregon, to parents Dr. Tony and Jeri Holt. Anders is the youngest of four children. He has three older siblings: a biological brother (Arik), an adopted brother (Jason), and an adopted sister (Maili).
Anders began acting in school plays at a young age but spent most of high school playing sports such as basketball and tennis. When he was a senior in high school, at 15, he played Philip the Apostle in a regional theater production of Jesus Christ Superstar. When he was 18 Anders won the part of George in his high school's production of Our Town; following that, he went on to portray Freddy Eynsford-Hill in a production of My Fair Lady.
After moving to Los Angeles, he took the stage name of David Anders due to another actor using the name David Holt. In 2001, Anders took a role playing a high school senior in the Olsen twins' series So Little Time. Later in 2001, Anders landed the role of Julian Sark in Alias; originally a guest star, Anders was made a regular and lasted until 2006. Before his acting debut in Alias, Anders worked at The Gap and taught tennis. Between 2001 and 2006, while working on Alias, Anders made guest appearances on television shows such as Charmed, CSI and Grey's Anatomy. Anders also worked in independent film, and was involved in several plays. In 2002, Anders played in the independent film, The Surge. In December 2001, he appeared in The Source magazine in an ad for the rapper Canibus, in which Anders doubles as Eminem. In 2005, Anders joined the cast of Beautiful, an Off-Broadway rock musical, as the lead. Beautiful was shown during the New York International Fringe Festival. In the same year, he participated in the film Circadian Rhythm. In 2006, Anders worked on the horror film Left in Darkness alongside actress Monica Keena.
In 2007, Anders played the role of ELI in the film of the same name, ELI. He went on to be cast in a regular role in the second season of NBC’s hit Heroes as Adam Monroe/Takezo Kensei, a new character with the ability to regenerate. Anders, as he was playing a Brit, was once again called upon to use his British accent from Alias, despite being an American actor. He also worked on two other movies; Into the Blue 2: The Reef and The Revenant. He also guest-starred in the eighth season of 24. Anders has guest starred as John Gilbert in the TV series The Vampire Diaries in 2010 and 2011.
As of late 2011, Anders had a recurring role as Victor Frankenstein (as well as his Storybrook version Dr. Whale) on ABC's Once Upon A Time. Anders starred as Troy Cutler in USA’s Necessary Roughness and will be continuing his role in Once Upon a Time in Season 3. Since 2015, he has portrayed Blaine DeBeers in the US series IZombie.
On stage Anders has played the lead role in the world premiere of Rockne: The Musical. He also appeared in The Diary of Anne Frank, in 2001, which received an award for Best Ensemble performance at the Back Stage West Garland Awards.
In 2006, Anders became a part of Alias (and in 2007 Heroes) co-star Greg Grunberg's band, Band From TV. He sings main vocals alongside Bonnie Somerville. Other than Grunberg, Hugh Laurie (House) on keyboards and James Denton (Desperate Housewives) on guitar will be a part of the project. The band's main goal is to raise money for major charities. According to Grunberg they "charge an incredible amount of money to play corporate events, but if it's all going to charity, then it's worth every dime".
|2001||So Little Time||Senior High School Student||Episode: "Rules of Engagement"|
|2002–06||Alias||Julian Sark||Main cast, 47 episodes|
|2004||CSI||Travis Watson||Episode: "Crow's Feet"|
|2005||Charmed||Count Roget||Episode: "Show Ghouls"|
|2005||CSI: Miami||Brian Miller||Episode: "Felony Flight"|
|2006||Deadwood||Infantryman||Episode: "The Catbird Seat"|
|2006||Left in Darkness||Donovan|
|2007||Grey's Anatomy||Jim||2 episodes|
|2007–10||Heroes||Adam Monroe/Takezo Kensei||15 episodes|
|2009||Lie to Me||Sgt. Russell Scott||Episode: "Moral Waiver"|
|2009||Children of the Corn||Burton Stanton|
|2009||Into the Blue 2: The Reef||Carlton|
|2010||24||Josef Bazhaev||6 episodes|
|2010||Warehouse 13||Jonah Raitt||Episode: "Where and When"|
|2010||Undercovers||Matthew Hunt||Episode: "Assassin"|
|2010–14||The Vampire Diaries||John Gilbert||13 episodes|
|2011||House||Bill Koppelman||Episode: "Nobody's Fault"|
|2011–14||Once Upon a Time||Dr. Viktor Frankenstein/Dr. Whale||14 episodes|
|2013||Arrow||Cyrus Vanch||Episode: "Betrayal"|
|2013||Necessary Roughness||Troy Cutler||8 episodes|
|2013||Criminal Minds||Anton Harris||Episode: "To Bear Witness"|
|2014||Hell's Kitchen||Self||Season 12 Episode 16|
|2015||iZombie||Blaine DeBeers||Main role|
|2015||Stalker||Darren Tyler||Episode: "Love Hurts"|
- "Meet the new Heroes characters". BBC. April 24, 2008. Retrieved 2009-04-16.
- Ausiello, Michael (February 23, 2010). "Vampire Diaries exclusive: David Anders cries uncle!". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 13, 2010.
- Richenthal, Matt (July 28, 2011). "David Anders to Appear on Once Upon a Time". TV Fanatic. Retrieved November 15, 2011.
- Gebhardt, Ashley (July 22, 2013) An Interview with ‘Necessary Roughness’ and ‘Once Upon a Time’ Star David Anders Daily Quirk. Retrieved July 28, 2013.
- New iZombie Artwork Is PURE Brain Food!
- Dienstag, Jesse (February 8, 2001). "The Diary of Anne Frank". BackStage. Retrieved 2008-02-19.
- David Anders at the Internet Movie Database
- Website - David Anders
- PopGurls 20 Questions with David Anders