Michiel Huisman

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Michiel Huisman
Born (1981-07-18) 18 July 1981 (age 33)
Amstelveen, North Holland, Netherlands
Residence New Orleans, Louisiana
Occupation Actor, Musician, Singer-songwriter
Years active 1995–present
Spouse(s) Tara Elders (m. 2008)
Children 1

Michiel Huisman (born 18 July 1981) is a Dutch actor, musician and singer-songwriter. 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 had recurring roles on television series such as Nashville as bad-boy music producer Liam McGuinnis and as Cal Morrison on Orphan Black. He currently portrays the charismatic mercenary Daario Naharis on the HBO television series Game of Thrones, where he has recently been promoted to a series regular in Season 5.[1]

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.[2]

He played Rudolf Nureyev in the BBC drama Margot 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.[3]

In 2013 it was revealed that Huisman would take over the role of Daario Naharis for the fourth season (2014) of Game of Thrones [4] The role was previously played by British actor Ed Skrein.

Beginning in April 2014, in the second season of Orphan Black, Huisman portrayed the character Cal Morrison, a rugged outdoorsman who crosses paths with the clones. Huisman will reprise his role in the upcoming third season.[5]

In 2014 Huisman co-starred in Wild.[6] In 2014 Huisman was also cast as the male lead in the upcoming epic romance fantasy film The Age of Adaline which will be released in April 2015.[7]

Huisman has been signed to star in the thriller film 2:22 set to be released in late 2015.[8] He has also been signed to star in the upcoming 2016 thriller film The Forest,[9] with Natalie Dormer, who also appears in Game of Thrones.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Huisman first met his wife, Dutch actress Tara Elders, on the set of Phileine Says Sorry in 2003. The couple have a daughter born in 2007. The couple were married in a private ceremony around February 2008. They now live together in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States.



Year Title Role Notes
1998 Goede tijden, slechte tijden Rover
1999 Suzy Q Palmer Television film
2001 Costa! Bart
2001 Uitgesloten Coen Television film
2002 Exit Renates vriend Short film
2002 Full Moon Party Bobbie
2003 Phileine Says Sorry Max
2004 Floris Floris
2005 Johan Johan Dros
2006 Black Book Rob
2007 Funny Dewdrop Orpheus Short film
2009 Unmade Beds X Ray Man
2009 The Young Victoria Ernest
2009 Winterland Francis Young
2009 Margot Rudolph Nureyev Television film
2010 First Mission Wout
2013 The Sixth Gun Drake Sinclair Television film
2013 World War Z Ellis
2013 The Woman in the Dress Tom Short film
2014 Wild Jonathan
2015 The Age of Adaline Ellis Jones Post-production
2015 2:22 Dylan Boyd Filming


Year Title Role Notes
1995 Voor hete vuren Episode: Prettige feestdagen
1998 Kees & Co Loopjongen Episode: Sonja's trouwdag
1999-2002 Spangen Pelle 4 episodes
2001 Dok 12 Frederik van Kemenade Episode: Geen lijk, geen dader
2001 Costa! Bart 10 episodes
2005 Meiden van de Wit Boudewign Peuts 9 episodes
2006 Dalziel and Pascoe Back-packer Episode: Wrong Place, Wrong Time: Part 1
2006  '​t Schaep Met De 5 Pooten Freddy Episode: Het zal je kind maar wezen
2007–2010 De co-assistent Hugo Biesterveld Starring (41 episodes)
2010 Bloedverwanten Martijn Zwager 12 episodes
2010–2013 Treme Sonny Starring (35 episodes)
2012–2014 Nashville Liam McGuinnis Recurring (13 episodes)
2014–present Orphan Black Cal Morrison Recurring (5 episodes)
2014–present Game of Thrones Daario Naharis Recurring (Season 4; 5 episodes)

Starring (Season 5)


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