Ian Somerhalder

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Ian Somerhalder
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Somerhalder in June 2013
BornIan Joseph Somerhalder[1]
(1978-12-08) December 8, 1978 (age 35)
Covington, Louisiana, U.S.
OccupationActor, model
Years active1997–present
Notable work(s)Lost
The Vampire Diaries
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Ian Somerhalder
Ian Somerhalder (9119040948).jpg
Somerhalder in June 2013
BornIan Joseph Somerhalder[1]
(1978-12-08) December 8, 1978 (age 35)
Covington, Louisiana, U.S.
OccupationActor, model
Years active1997–present
Notable work(s)Lost
The Vampire Diaries

Ian Joseph Somerhalder (born December 8, 1978)[2] is an American actor and model, best known for playing Boone Carlyle in the TV drama Lost and Damon Salvatore in the TV drama The Vampire Diaries.

Early life

Ian Somerhalder was born and raised in Covington, Louisiana, the son of Edna, a massage therapist, and Robert Somerhalder, an independent building contractor.[3] He attended St. Paul's, a private Catholic school in Covington. He embarked on a modeling career from age 10 to 13,[4] and by the age of 17 he decided to go into acting.


In the summer of 2000, Somerhalder starred in the short-lived WB series Young Americans, a spin-off of Dawson's Creek. He played Hamilton Fleming, the son of the dean of a prestigious boarding school. In 2002, Somerhalder played bisexual character Paul Denton in Roger Avary's adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' novel, The Rules of Attraction, alongside James Van Der Beek, Shannyn Sossamon, and Jessica Biel.

Paul Wesley, Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder

In 2004, Somerhalder scored his breakthrough role when he played Boone Carlyle in the hit TV show Lost. Despite his character's death in the twentieth episode of the first season, Somerhalder returned to the role of Boone for seven more episodes between 2005 and 2010, including the series finale. Somerhalder was one of the first actors to be cast in a role for the series[5] and the first major character to die.[6]

In 2009, Somerhalder appeared in the movie The Tournament where he played the role of an assassin participating in a lethal competition with other assassins. He appears in the coffee table book About Face by celebrity photographer John Russo.[7][8]

In June 2009, Somerhalder was cast in the role of Vampire Damon Salvatore as a series regular in The CW television drama series The Vampire Diaries. The series premiere attracted The CW's highest premiere ratings of any season premiere since the network began in 2006. The series has continued to be the highest rated series on its channel with both Somerhalder's performance and the show receiving a positive response from critics. Somerhalder has received a Teen Choice Award for his participation on the series.[9]

In October 2012 it was reported that Somerhalder had been cast in the film Time Framed, which had begun filming in Los Angeles.[10]


Somerhalder was involved in the cleanup after the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling disaster on April 22, 2010. His efforts included cleaning of oiled wildlife and taping public service announcements to let the public know how they could help.[11] Somerhalder also supports the St. Tammany Humane Society, an organization for animal shelter and welfare. On November 13, 2010, he hosted a Bash on the Bayou charity fundraiser for the Society. During the event, Somerhalder was presented with a donation of $11,100 by The Vampire Diaries fandom for his birthday project.[12][13][14][15]

Somerhalder at the Comic-Con convention in July 2012

Together with his The Vampire Diaries co-stars Candice Accola and Michael Trevino, Somerhalder supports the It Gets Better Project, which makes it a goal to prevent suicide among LGBT youth[16] associated with The Trevor Project.[17]

Somerhalder announced, via Twitter and in various interviews that he was setting up "Ian Somerhalder Foundation" (launched on December 8, 2010, Somerhalder's 32nd birthday), which he hopes will educate people on the importance of protecting the environment and animals: "Instead of gifts this year, my birthday wish is that we come together and raise funds to support projects that protect our habitat and nurture our furry friends.[18][19]

Personal life

In September 2011, Somerhalder confirmed that he and his The Vampire Diaries co-star Nina Dobrev were in a relationship.[20][21] In May 2013, it was reported that the relationship had ended.[22] This was later confirmed by Teen Wolf and Arrow actor and close friend Colton Haynes.[23]



2001Life as a HouseJosh
2002Changing HeartsJason Kelly
2002The Rules of AttractionPaul Denton
2004In Enemy HandsU.S.S. Swordfish Danny Miller
2004The Old Man and the StudioMattShort Film
2006National Lampoon's TV: The MovieUnconfirmedUncredited
2006The Sensation of SightDrifter
2008The Lost SamaritanWilliam Archer
2009The TournamentMiles Slade
2010How to Make Love to a WomanDaniel Meltzer
2013Caught On TapeOfficer Lewis
2013Time FramedAgent BlackShort Film
2014The AnomalyHarkin Langham


1997The Big EasyI.Q.1 episode: "The Black Bag"
1999Now and AgainBrian1 episode: "A Girl's Life"
2000Young AmericansHamilton FlemingMain cast; all 8 episodes
2001Anatomy of a Hate CrimeRussell HendersonTV Film
2002CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationTony Del Nagro1 episode: "Revenge Is Best Served Cold"
2002Law & Order: Special Victims UnitCharlie Baker1 episode: "Dominance"
2003CSI: MiamiRicky Murdoch1 episode: "The Best Defense"
2004FearlessJordan GracieUnsold TV pilot
2004SmallvilleAdam Knight6 episodes
2007Marco PoloMarco PoloTV Film
2007Tell Me You Love MeNick6 episodes
2008Lost City RaidersJack KubiakTV Film
2009FireballLee CooperTV Film
2004–2010LostBoone CarlyleMain Cast; 28 episodes
2009–presentThe Vampire DiariesDamon SalvatoreMain cast
2014Years of Living DangerouslyAs himselfDocumentary series
1 episode: "Ice & Brimstone"

Awards and nominations

2002Young Hollywood AwardsExciting New Face – MaleN/AWon
2005Teen Choice AwardsChoice TV Breakout Performance – MaleLostNominated
2006Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesLost (with cast)Won
2010Young Hollywood Awards[24]Cast To Watch (with Paul Wesley and Nina Dobrev)The Vampire DiariesWon
2010Teen Choice AwardsChoice TV VillainThe Vampire DiariesWon
2010Teen Choice AwardsChoice Male HottieThe Vampire DiariesNominated
2011Teen Choice AwardsChoice TV Actor Fantasy/Sci-FiThe Vampire DiariesWon
2011Teen Choice AwardsChoice VampireThe Vampire DiariesNominated
2011Teen Choice AwardsChoice Male HottieThe Vampire DiariesNominated
2011People's Choice AwardsFavorite TV Drama ActorThe Vampire DiariesNominated
2011J-14 Teen Icon AwardsIconic TV ActorThe Vampire DiariesNominated
2012People's Choice AwardsFavorite TV Drama ActorThe Vampire DiariesNominated
2012Genesis AwardsHumane SocietyWon
2012Teen Choice AwardsChoice TV Actor – Fantasy/Sci-FiThe Vampire DiariesWon
2012Teen Choice AwardsChoice Male HottieThe Vampire DiariesWon[25]
2012Do Something AwardsBest TV StarThe Vampire DiariesNominated
2012Do Something AwardsTwitterNominated
2012Environmental Media AwardsEMA Futures AwardWon
2012Fright Night AwardsFavorite Male TV/Movie VampireThe Vampire DiariesWon
2012International Green AwardsMost Responsible CelebrityWon
2012J-14 Teen Icon AwardsIconic TV actorThe Vampire DiariesNominated
2013People's Choice AwardsFavorite Dramatic TV ActorThe Vampire DiariesNominated
2013Teen Choice AwardsChoice TV Actor: Fantasy/Sci-FiThe Vampire DiariesWon
2014People's Choice AwardsFavorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV ActorThe Vampire DiariesWon[26]
2014People's Choice AwardsFavorite On Screen Chemistry (with Nina Dobrev)The Vampire DiariesWon
2014mtvU Fandom AwardsShip Of The Year (with Nina Dobrev)The Vampire DiariesWon [27]
2014Teen Choice AwardsChoice TV Actor Fantasy/Sci-FiThe Vampire DiariesWon
2014Teen Choice AwardsChoice Male HottieThe Vampire DiariesNominated
2014Teen Choice AwardsChoice TwitNominated
2014Teen Choice AwardsChoice Social Media KingNominated
2014Young Hollywood AwardsBest Threesome (with Paul Wesley and Nina Dobrev)The Vampire DiariesWon


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