Mar. 14th, 1976
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
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Daniel Gillies (born March 14, 1976) is a Canadian-born New Zealand actor. He is best known for his role of Elijah Mikaelson on the television series The Vampire Diaries and its spin-off The Originals, as well as his role as Dr. Joel Goran on the Canadian series Saving Hope.
Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. When Gillies was five, his parents decided to return to their native New Zealand, and moved to Invercargill and then to Hamilton. Though born into a family of strong medical background (his father is a pediatrician, his mother a nurse, and his great great great grandfather is the renowned ENT/plastic surgery pioneer Sir Harold Gillies), he became interested in acting and studied at the Unitec School of Performing Arts.
Frustrated with the lack of opportunities in New Zealand, he moved to Sydney, Australia for six weeks in 2001, before returning to his native Canada for two months, where he worked as a waiter and dishwasher until deciding to move to Los Angeles, USA.
Gillies began his career starring in several Auckland Theatre Company productions, before landing a lead role in the television drama Street Legal for two seasons. After realising his options in New Zealand were limited, he tried Sydney and Canada, before moving to Los Angeles and being cast in Bride & Prejudice and Spider-Man 2.
Since 2002, Gillies has worked in Canadian and American film and television; he's guested on television shows such as Masters of Horror, NCIS and True Blood. Since 2010, he's starred on The CW drama The Vampire Diaries as Elijah Mikaelson, and in 2012 was cast as Dr. Joel Goran in the supernatural series, Saving Hope.
He wrote and directed his first film, Broken Kingdom, in 2012; a process which took five years.
In 2013 he was cast in The Vampire Diaries spin-off The Originals, due to air in the fall of the 2013/14 television season.
Gillies married American actress "Rachael Leigh Cook' (August 8, 2004). They have one daughter, Charlotte Easton Gillies (September 28, 2013).
- Shares a birthday with 'Michael Caine (I)' (qv), 'Taylor Hanson' (qv), 'Mercedes McNab' (qv), 'Kylie Tyndall' (qv) and 'Keaton Tyndall' (qv), 'Quincy Jones' (qv), & 'Chris Klein (I)' (qv)
- (December 2003) Engaged to 'Rachael Leigh Cook' (qv).
- Is an accomplished stage actor - previous stage experiences includes Toa Fraser's "Vs" at the SiLO Theatre's Tales of Phantasy festival in 1997
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