Michiel Huisman

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Michiel Huisman
Huisman at the 2015 premiere of Game of Thrones in San Francisco
Born (1981-07-18) 18 July 1981 (age 34)
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. He has acted in both Dutch and English-language TV series and films.

He was the lead singer and guitarist of the Dutch band Fontane. He played in the Dutch TV series Goede tijden, slechte tijden (1998), De co-assistent (2007–2010), and Bloedverwanten (2010). He also played in the Dutch films Costa! (2001), Full Moon Party (2002), Phileine Says Sorry (2003), Floris (2004), and Black Book (2006).

He starred in the American TV series Treme (2010–2013) and Game of Thrones (2014–present). He had recurring roles on the American TV series Nashville (2012–2014) and Orphan Black (2014–2015). He has had supporting roles in American films like The Young Victoria (2009), World War Z (2013) and Wild (2014). He starred in the fantasy romance film The Age of Adaline (2015), which marked Huisman's first lead role in an American film.

Early life[edit]

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

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.[1] The band released the singles "1+1=2" (2001), "Slapeloos" (2002), and "Neem Me Mee" (2003).[2] 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).[3]

After two members left the band, Fontane split up and Huisman decided to pursue music on his own.[3] Huisman released the singles "Deel Van Mij" (2005) and "Geef Je Over" (2006), and the album Luchtige Verhalen (2005) as a solo artist.[4] 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."[3]

Acting career[edit]

Huisman played the actor Max in the film Phileine Says Sorry in 2003 and the knight Floris in the film Floris in 2004.

He had a part in the 2006 film Black Book of Paul Verhoeven.[5]

Huisman 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.

He played the role of Sonny, a busker who plays keyboards and guitar, in the HBO series Treme (2010–2013). 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.[6]

Huisman played a small role in the apocalyptic action film World War Z in 2013.

In 2013, it was revealed that Huisman would replace British actor Ed Skrein in the role of Daario Naharis for the fourth season (2014) of Game of Thrones.[7] In January 2014 it was announced that Huisman would be promoted to a series regular for the fifth season (2015) of the series.[8]

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 reprised his role in the third season.[9]

In 2014, Huisman co-starred in the Oscar nominated biographical drama film Wild opposite Reese Witherspoon.[10] The same year Huisman also starred alongside Gisele Bündchen in the advertising campaign music video for Chanel No.5's The One That I Want, which was directed by Baz Luhrmann.[11]

In 2015, Huisman starred in the SXSW released thriller film The Invitation.[12] He also starred in the 2015 fantasy romance film The Age of Adaline opposite Blake Lively.

Huisman has been signed to star in the thriller film 2:22 set to be released in late 2015.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Huisman is married to Dutch actress Tara Elders.[14] They have a daughter born in 2007.[15] The couple currently lives in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States.[14]


Singles with Fontane
  • "1+1=2" (2001)[2]
  • "Slapeloos" (2002)[2]
  • "Neem Me Mee" (2003)[2]
Solo singles
  • "Deel Van Mij" (2005)[4]
  • "Geef Je Over" (2006)[4]
Solo albums
  • Luchtige Verhalen (2005)[16]



Year Title Role Notes
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 Invitation David
2015 The Age of Adaline Ellis Jones
2015 2:22 Dylan Branson Post-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); 7 episodes)


  1. ^ (Dutch) Fontane, Festivalinfo.nl. Retrieved on 20 April 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d Fontane, Discogs. Retrieved on 20 April 2015.
  3. ^ a b c (Dutch) "'Luchtige verhalen' van Michiel Huisman", Trouw, 2005. Retrieved on 20 April 2015.
  4. ^ a b c (Dutch) Michiel Huisman, Who's Next Records. Retrieved on 20 April 2015.
  5. ^ Byrnes, Paul (7 July 2007). "Film Reviews: Black Book". Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Publications). 
  6. ^ Reilly, Dan (4 June 2010). "'Treme' Creator David Simon Crafts a Love Letter to New Orleans' Musical Culture". Spinner. AOL. Retrieved 6 October 2011. 
  7. ^ Lesley Goldberg (28 August 2013). "'Game of Thrones' Books 'Treme' Alum for Season 4". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  8. ^ 'Game of Thrones': Michiel Huisman's Daario upped to Season 5 series regular from 8 January 2014
  9. ^ 'Orphan Black': 3 new spoilers for Season 3 from 16 October 2014
  10. ^ ComingSoon.net Production Begins on Wild, starring Reese Witherspoon from 11 October. 2013
  11. ^ A Conversation with Baz Luhrmann on Chanel No. 5’s The One That I Want, Retrieved 24 April 2015.
  12. ^ The Invitation
  13. ^ ‘Game of Thrones’ Star Michiel Huisman Gets Call for ‘2:22′ from January 2015
  14. ^ a b (Dutch) "Zo woont Michiel Huisman in de VS", De Telegraaf, 2015. Retrieved on 22 April 2015.
  15. ^ Tara Elders – Game Of Thrones Actor Michiel Huisman’s Wife, Retrieved 23 April 2015.
  16. ^ (Dutch) Michiel Huisman, Muziekencyclopedie. Retrieved on 20 April 2015.

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