Daniel Gillies (born March 14, 1976) is a Canadian-born New Zealand actor. He plays Elijah Mikaelson on The Vampire Diaries and The Originals. His first appearance in The Vampire Diaries was in Rose.


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Daniel was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. His father is a pediatrician. He was raised in New Zealand and went to Southwell School and the Hamilton Boys' High School. He made his acting debut in Street Legal. His next bigger role was in Spider-Man 2, where he played John Jameson, a fiancee of Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst). Gillies starred in his acting debut in the New Zealand drama Street Legal, where he played Tim O'Connor (2000–2002). He was featured in the movie Spider-Man 2 (as John Jameson) alongside Kirsten Dunst and Tobey Maguire. He guest-starred on NCIS as a British MI-6 agent, and on The Vampire Diaries as one of the Originals, Elijah.He also worked with Ian Somerhalder in the film Sensasion Of Sight. [1] As of June 2012, he appears in the NBC medical drama, Saving Hope. Gillies plays Joel Goran, the hotshot young surgeon. Gillies' other television credits include HBO's True Blood and A&E's The Glades. Other guest appearances include Masters of Horrors, Jeremiah and Mentors. A veteran of the theater, Gilles participated in over twenty plays professionally; including Julius Caesar, Three Sisters, Long Day's Journey into Night and The Judas Kiss. In 2006, he played a lead in the International Festival film The Sensation of Sight, alongside Academy Award nominee David Strathairn. The following year, Gillies started his own production company – Holy Monster. In 2010, Gilles wrote and directed his first independent film Broken Kingdom. The film was shot in Bogotá, Colombia and Los Angeles. It can be downloaded via its official website for only 5 dollars. he also worked in Gurinder Chadda's Hollywood film called Bride and Prejudice as the role, Johnny Wickham, along with the actress and former Miss World, Aishwarya Rai.

Personal life

He has been married to actress Rachael Leigh Cook since 2004. He made a movie called "Broken Kingdom" in which he and his wife play the main roles. Rachael and Daniel have one daughter, Charlotte Jamila Easton Gillies, born September 2013. On 22 January 2015, it was announced that they are expecting their second child. Their son, Theodore Vigo Sullivan Gillies, was born on April 4, 2015. The couple announced their separation on June 13, 2019.


TV Shows

Year TV/Movie Role
1999     Young Hercules Antos
2000 Cleopatra 2525 Cute Guy
2000 - 2002 Street Legal Tim O'Connor
2002 Menots King Arthur
2002 Jeremiah Simon
2005 Into the West Ethan Biggs
2007 Masters of Horror Jack Miller
2010 The Glades Dave Rollins
2010 True Blood Jon
2010 NCIS Royal Marine Major Peter Malloy
2010 - 2014 The Vampire Diaries Elijah Mikaelson (Recurring Role)
2012-2015 Saving Hope Dr. Joel Goran (Lead Role)
2013–2018 The Originals Elijah Mikaelson (Lead Role)


Year TV/Movie Role
1998 A Soldier's Sweetheart Medic
2001 No One Can Hear You Dirk Mettcalfe
2002 Various Positions Marcel
2002 Snow Queen Delfont Chalfont
2004 Spider-Man 2 John Jameson
2004 Trespassing Mark
2004 Pride & Prejudice Johnny Wickham
2006 The Sensation of Sight Dylan
2007 Captivity Gary Dexter
2007 Matters of Life and Death Jimmy
2008 Uncross the Stars Troy
2012 Broken Kingdom Jason '80'
2019 Occupation: Rainfall


The Originals

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