Daniel Gillies

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Daniel Gillies
Born(1976-03-14) 14 March 1976 (age 37)
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
NationalityNew Zealander
Years active1997 – present
Spouse(s)Rachael Leigh Cook (m. 2004)
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Daniel Gillies
Born(1976-03-14) 14 March 1976 (age 37)
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
NationalityNew Zealander
Years active1997 – present
Spouse(s)Rachael Leigh Cook (m. 2004)

Daniel Gillies (born 14 March 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.

Early life[edit]

Gillies was born 14 March 1976 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.[1]

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.[2]


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.[1]

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.

Personal life[edit]

Gillies married American actress Rachael Leigh Cook on 8 August 2004.[3][4] They have one daughter, Charlotte Easton Gillies (born 28 September 2013).[5][6]


1998Soldier's Sweetheart, AA Soldier's SweetheartMedic
2001No One Can Hear YouDirk Mettcalfe
2002Various PositionsMarcel
2004Spider-Man 2John Jameson
2004Bride and PrejudiceJohnny Wickham

2004 "Evil Remains" Mark

2006Sensation of Sight, TheThe Sensation of SightDylan
2007CaptivityGary Dexter
2007Matters of Life and DeathJimmyShort film
2008Uncross the StarsTroy
2012Broken KingdomJason '80'Also Director and Producer
1999Young HerculesAntosEpisode: "My Fair Lilith"
2000Cleopatra 2525Cute GuyEpisode: "Mind Games"
2000-2002Street LegalTim O'ConnorTV series
2002MentorsKing ArthurEpisode: "Once and Future King"
2002JeremiahSimonEpisode: "The Long Road: Part 1"
2002Snow QueenDelfont ChalfontTV movie
2005Into the WestEthan BiggsTV miniseries
2007Masters of HorrorJack MillerEpisode: "Dream Cruise"
2010Glades, TheThe GladesDave RollinsEpisode: "Doppelganger"
2010True BloodJonEpisode: "I Smell a Rat"
2010NCISRoyal Marine Major Peter MalloyEpisode: "Royals & Loyals"
2010–presentVampire Diaries, TheThe Vampire DiariesElijah MikaelsonRecurring Role
2012–presentSaving HopeDr. Joel GoranLead role
2013–presentThe OriginalsElijah MikaelsonLead role


  1. ^ a b Gallagher, Michael Aaron (2012-09-11). "Daniel Gillies Releases Broken Kingdom/Kingdom Come Films". StayFamous.net. Retrieved 2012-11-21. 
  2. ^ Barry, Rebecca (2005-06-19). "Spiderweb of fame". NZ Herald. Retrieved 2012-11-21. 
  3. ^ "Baby on the Way for Rachael Leigh Cook and Daniel Gillies". People. 8 May 2013. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "Rachael Leigh Cook: I’m Happy We Waited to Have a Baby". People. 25 June 2013. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  5. ^ Webber, Stephanie (29 September 2013). "Rachael Leigh Cook, Husband Daniel Gillies Welcome Baby Girl". Us Weekly. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  6. ^ Chen, Joyce (4 October 2013). "Rachael Leigh Cook Reveals Baby Name: Charlotte Easton Gillies!". Us Weekly. Retrieved 4 October 2013. 

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