Michiel Huisman

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Michiel Huisman
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Huisman at the 2015 premiere of Game of Thrones in San Francisco
Born (1981-07-18) 18 July 1981 (age 35)
Amstelveen, Netherlands
Residence New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Nationality Dutch
Occupation Actor, musician, singer-songwriter
Years active 1995–present
Spouse(s) Tara Elders (m. 2008)
Children 1

Michiel Huisman (Dutch pronunciation: [miˈɣil ˈɦœysmɑn]; born 18 July 1981) is a Dutch actor, musician, and singer-songwriter, who has acted in both Dutch and English-language TV series and films. Huisman played Ellis Jones in the fantasy romance film The Age of Adaline (2015), Sonny on the television series Treme (2010–2013), and Daario Naharis on Game of Thrones (2014–present). He has also played recurring roles on television such as Liam McGuinnis on Nashville (2012–2014) and as Cal Morrison on Orphan Black (2014–2015).

Huisman began his career on Dutch television, in the Dutch soap opera Goede tijden, slechte tijden (1998). He later played starring roles in the Dutch TV series De co-assistent (2007–2010) and Bloedverwanten (2010), supporting roles in the Dutch films Costa! (2001) and Full Moon Party (2002), and leading roles in Phileine Says Sorry (2003) and Floris (2004). He also played a supporting role in Black Book (2006). During the early years of his acting career, Huisman was also part of a band called Fontane.

Huisman's first international acting experience came in 2006, when he guest-starred in an episode of the British TV series Dalziel and Pascoe. He subsequently appeared in The Young Victoria (2009), World War Z (2013), Wild (2014), The Invitation (2015) and The Age of Adaline (2015).

Early life and personal life[edit]

Michiel Huisman was born on 18 July 1981 in Amstelveen, a town near Amsterdam, in the Netherlands.

Huisman is married to Dutch actress Tara Elders.[1] They have a daughter born in 2007.[2] The couple currently lives in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States.[1] and as of 2017 they have taken up residence in New York in a McIntyre Building.[citation needed]

Music career[edit]

Huisman was singer and guitarist in the Dutch band Fontane, which he formed together with Roland van der Hoofd, Gilles Tuinder, Bas van Geldere, and Donny Griffioen.[3] The band released the singles "1+1=2" (2001), "Slapeloos" (2002), and "Neem Me Mee" (2003).[4] The first single was on the soundtrack of the film Costa! (2001) and the second was on the soundtrack of Full Moon Party (2002), both in which Huisman played a starring role. The band also recorded a version of Willeke Alberti's song "Telkens weer" for the soundtrack of the movie Love to Love (2003).[5]

After two members left the band, Fontane split up and Huisman decided to pursue music on his own.[5] Huisman released the singles "Deel Van Mij" (2005) and "Geef Je Over" (2006), and the album Luchtige Verhalen (2005) as a solo artist.[6] Huisman said in interview about his solo career: "It doesn't feel like a new start, but as if I've started just now." and "It is personal and closerby. Also the sound of the album."[5]

Acting career[edit]

Huisman began his acting career with a supporting role on Goede Tijden, Slechte Tijden – the longest-running soap opera on Dutch television – where he played Rover, a 14-year-old model who accuses his employers of engaging in child pornography. He was then cast in the made-for-TV films Suzy Q and Uitgesloten.

He played supporting roles in the Dutch films Costa! and Volle Maan, both of which were directed by Johan Nijenhuis and aimed at a teen-aged audience. At the same time, he also had a recurring role on the Dutch police series Spangen. Huisman moved into leading-man territory in 2003 with the film Phileine Says Sorry, which was an adaptation of Ronald Giphart's book of the same title. He also starred as medieval knight Floris in the film Floris, based on the Dutch TV series.

In the years that followed he played a leading role in the football comedy Johan, recurring guest roles in the comedy series Meiden van De Wit and the first season of the drama series Bloedverwanten, and the leading role in the medical drama series De Co-Assistent. He also played a small supporting role in the 2006 film Zwartboek by Paul Verhoeven, which became the most successful Dutch film of all time.[7]

In 2006, Huisman made his first foray into the international acting world with a supporting role in an episode of the British TV series Dalziel and Pascoe. He followed this with a role as Ernest II, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha in The Young Victoria, and the BBC made-for-TV drama Margot in which he portrayed Rudolf Nureyev. He then joined the main cast of the HBO series Treme, as Sonny, a Dutch busker who plays keyboards and guitar. He was taught New Orleans piano by Davis Rogan.[8] During his time on Treme, Huisman also played a small supporting role in the apocalyptic action film World War Z and started recurring as Liam McGuinnis on Nashville.

Huisman replaced British actor Ed Skrein in the role of Daario Naharis for the fourth season (2014) of Game of Thrones.[9] Huisman was promoted to series regular for the fifth season (2015) of the series.[10] Huisman also recurred on seasons 2 and 3 of Orphan Black, portraying Cal Morrison, a rugged outdoorsman who crosses paths with the clones.[11]

In 2014, Huisman appeared in the Academy Award-nominated biographical drama film Wild[12] and starred in the advertising campaign for Chanel No.5's The One That I Want, which was directed by Baz Luhrmann.[13] In 2015, Huisman appeared in the thriller The Invitation,[14] and played the leading role in the 2015 fantasy romance film The Age of Adaline.

Huisman has been signed to star in the thriller film 2:22 which is set to be released sometime in 2016.[15] In 2016, Huisman was also cast as the lead role in the upcoming war-drama The Ottoman Lieutenant which will tell the story of a Turkish officer (Huisman) who falls in love with an idealistic American nurse during World War I. The film will also star Hera Hilmar as Huisman's love interest, as well as Josh Hartnett and Ben Kingsley. The film will be released for an Oscar-qualifying run in December 2016 before releasing wide in March[not in citation given] 2017.[16]

In 2016, Huisman played Walter Davidson in a Discovery Channel limited series titled Harley and the Davidsons which told the origin story of Harley-Davidson Inc.[17] The three-part series premiered in September 2016, and gained reasonable[specify] reviews from critics[18] and from Harley-Davidson themselves.[19]

In November 2016, Huisman was cast opposite Lily James to star as the male lead the romantic drama Guernsey, based on the 2008 novel The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.[20] In 2017 Huisman was announced to play the male lead in another romantic drama titled Irreplaceable You, which will tell the story of Abbie and Sam, soul mates who were destined to be together until death got in the way.[21] The film will also star Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Steve Coogan and Christopher Walken.[22]


Singles with Fontane
  • "1+1=2" (2001)[4]
  • "Slapeloos" (2002)[4]
  • "Neem Me Mee" (2003)[4]
Solo singles
  • "Deel Van Mij" (2005)[6]
  • "Geef Je Over" (2006)[6]
Solo albums
  • Luchtige Verhalen (2005)[23]



Year Title Role Format
1999 Suzy Q Palmer Television film
2001 Costa! Bart
2001 Uitgesloten Coen Television film
2002 Exit Renate's friend 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 Prince 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 Invitation David
2015 The Age of Adaline Ellis Jones Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Kiss (shared with Blake Lively)
2017 2:22 Dylan Branson Post-production
2017 The Ottoman Lieutenant İsmail Post-production
2017 Irreplaceable You Filming
2018 Guernsey Dawsey Adams Pre-production

TV series[edit]

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"
1999–2002 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
2014–2015 Orphan Black Cal Morrison Recurring; 6 episodes
2014–present Game of Thrones Daario Naharis Recurring (Season 4; 5 episodes)
Starring (Season 5–6; 13 episodes)
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2016)
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2017)[24]
2016 Harley and the Davidsons Walter Davidson TV Mini-Series
3 episodes


  1. ^ a b (Dutch) "Zo woont Michiel Huisman in de VS", De Telegraaf, 2015. Retrieved on 22 April 2015.
  2. ^ Tara Elders – Game Of Thrones Actor Michiel Huisman’s Wife, Daily Entertainment News, 2014. Retrieved 23 April 2015.
  3. ^ (Dutch) Fontane, Festivalinfo.nl. Retrieved on 20 April 2015.
  4. ^ a b c d Fontane, Discogs. Retrieved on 20 April 2015.
  5. ^ a b c (Dutch) "'Luchtige verhalen' van Michiel Huisman", Trouw, 2005. Retrieved on 20 April 2015.
  6. ^ a b c (Dutch) Michiel Huisman, Who's Next Records. Retrieved on 20 April 2015.
  7. ^ Byrnes, Paul (7 July 2007). "Film Reviews: Black Book". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Publications. 
  8. ^ Reilly, Dan (4 June 2010). "'Treme' Creator David Simon Crafts a Love Letter to New Orleans' Musical Culture". Spinner. AOL. Retrieved 6 October 2011. 
  9. ^ Lesley Goldberg (28 August 2013). "'Game of Thrones' Books 'Treme' Alum for Season 4". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  10. ^ 'Game of Thrones': Michiel Huisman's Daario upped to Season 5 series regular from 8 January 2014
  11. ^ 'Orphan Black': 3 new spoilers for Season 3 from 16 October 2014
  12. ^ ComingSoon.net Production Begins on Wild, starring Reese Witherspoon from 11 October 2013.
  13. ^ A Conversation with Baz Luhrmann on Chanel No. 5’s The One That I Want, Retrieved 24 April 2015.
  14. ^ "Gather Around For 'The Invitation' SXSW Poster -". bloody-disgusting.com. 
  15. ^ ‘Game of Thrones’ Star Michiel Huisman Gets Call for ‘2:22′ from January 2015
  16. ^ Busch, Anita (2016-09-09). "'The Ottoman Lieutenant' To Be Released For Oscar-Qualifying Run". Deadline. Retrieved 2017-03-02. 
  17. ^ Cynthia Littleton (2016-01-07). "'Game of Thrones' Actors to Star in Harley-Davidson Miniseries". Variety. Retrieved 2017-03-02. 
  18. ^ [1][dead link]
  19. ^ Kathy Mykleby (2016-09-06). "Bill Davidson talks about Harley-Davidson miniseries". Wisn.com. Retrieved 2017-03-02. 
  20. ^ "'Game of Thrones' Star Michiel Huisman Joins Lily James in 'Guernsey' (Exclusive)". Hollywood Reporter. 2016-11-28. Retrieved 2017-03-02. 
  21. ^ Justin Kroll (2017-02-23). "Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michiel Huisman to Star in 'Irreplaceable You'". Variety. Retrieved 2017-03-02. 
  22. ^ "Christopher Walken, Steve Coogan Join 'Irreplaceable You' (Exclusive)". Hollywood Reporter. 1969-12-31. Retrieved 2017-03-02. 
  23. ^ (Dutch) Michiel Huisman, Muziekencyclopedie. Retrieved on 20 April 2015.
  24. ^ Nolfi, Joey (December 14, 2016). "SAG Awards nominations 2017: See the full list". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved December 14, 2016. 

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