Paul Telfer (actor)

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Paul Telfer
Born (1979-10-30) 30 October 1979 (age 42)
Years active2002–present
(m. 2012)

Paul Telfer (born 30 October 1979) is a Scottish actor. He plays Xander Kiriakis on the NBC soap opera Days of Our Lives, for which he was nominated for the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in May 2020.


He appeared in the title role for 2005 TV miniseries Hercules.[1][2] In 2007, Telfer appeared in five episodes of the second series of the BBC drama Hotel Babylon (as Luke),[1] and in three episodes of the TV series NCIS,[citation needed], as Marine Corporal Damon Werth: "Corporal Punishment", "Outlaws and In-laws" and "Jack Knife." He also played Alexander in The Vampire Diaries as one of the original five vampire hunters, in Season 4 of the show (which aired in 2012). this role was a guest appearance.

In January 2015, Telfer was cast on Days of Our Lives as Damon, a hitman hired by Victor Kiriakis; soon after, he was cast in the role of Xander Kiriakis.[3][4] In April 2019, it was revealed that Paul had returned to the show, signing contract.[5] In late 2019, he guest starred in an episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as Viro.

Personal life[edit]

Telfer graduated with First Class honours in Film Studies from the University of Kent at Canterbury in 1999.[1] He is married to Broadway actress Carmen Cusack.[6][7]


List of film performances
Year Title Role Notes
2008 Miss Conception Luca
2010 Young Alexander the Great Hephaestion
2011 Son of Morning Glenn
2018 California No Jacko
2019 The Thin Line Tone Jimenez Post-production
2019 Star Trek First Frontier Commander McCain Post-production
2019 Green Rush Ticker Post-production
List of television performances
Year Title Role Notes
2002 Is Harry on the Boat? Matt Episode 1.03
2004 Spartacus Gannicus
2004 Mile High Rory Episode 1.01
2005 Hercules Hercules
2007 Hotel Babylon Luke 5 episodes
2007–2010 NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service Damon Werth 3 episodes
2012–2013 The Vampire Diaries Alexander 3 episodes
2012 Co-op of the Damned Zombie Bill Episode: "Braaaaiinnsss..."
2013 Body of Proof Tanner Brennan Episode: "Dark City"
2014 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Lex Episode: "Love for Sale"
2014 Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey Angry Scholar #2 Episode: "Standing Up in the Milky Way"
2015 Days of Our Lives Damon 6 episodes
2015– Days of Our Lives Xander Kiriakis Regular role
2015 Once Upon a Time Lord Macintosh Episode: "The Bear and the Bow"
Episode: "The Bear King"
2019 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Viro Episode: "Window of Opportunity"
Video Games
Year Title Role Notes
2014 Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Will Irons Voice and likeness
2014 Sunset Overdrive Voice

Awards and nominations[edit]

List of acting awards and nominations
Year Award Category Title Result Refs.
2020 Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Days of Our Lives Nominated [8][9]


  1. ^ a b c "Hotel Babylon – second series coming soon to BBC One". BBC. 20 December 2006. Retrieved 27 January 2019.
  2. ^ Byrne, Bridget (2005) "Dalton finds niche in NBC's 'Hercules'", Chicago Tribune, 11 May 2005, p. 8
  3. ^ "Paul Telfer on DAYS Return". Soap Opera Digest. 28 April 2017.
  4. ^ Miller, David (20 March 2015). "Paul Telfer Joins Days of Our Lives as Xander". Serial Scoop.
  5. ^ "Stacy Haiduk and Paul Telfer Head Back To Days of Our Lives". Daytime Confidential. 8 April 2019.
  6. ^ Afterbuzz TV's Days of Our Lives 22–26 June 2015 review with special guest Paul Telfer.
  7. ^ Spaner, Whitney (8 May 2016). "Meet the Man Who Stopped Carmen Cusack From Giving Up Theatre". Playbill. Retrieved 30 January 2019.
  8. ^ ETonline Staff (21 May 2020). "2020 Daytime Emmy Awards Nominations". Entertainment Tonight. United States: CBS Television Distribution. Archived from the original on 21 May 2020. Retrieved 21 May 2020.
  9. ^ Schneider, Michael (21 May 2020). "Daytime Emmy Nominations 2020: CBS, General Hospital Top This Year's Nods". Variety. United States: Penske Media Corporation. Archived from the original on 21 May 2020. Retrieved 21 May 2020.

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