David Anders Holt (born March 11, 1981) is an American television and stage actor who played John Gilbert on The Vampire Diaries TV series. He is best known for his roles on TV series, Alias as Julian Sark and Heroes, as Adam Monroe. Although Anders is American, both of these noted roles required him to use a British Home counties accent.


David Anders

Anders was born on March 11, 1981 in Grants Pass, Oregon. He is the son of Dr. Tony and Jeri Holt. He has three siblings; his biological brother Arik, his adopted brother Jason and adopted sister Maili. Anders began acting in school plays at a young age but spent most of high school playing sports such as basketball and tennis. When he was a senior in high school, at 17, he played Philip the Apostle in a regional theater production of Jesus Christ Superstar. When he was 18 Anders won the part of George in his high school's production of Our Town; following that, he went on to portray Freddy Eynsford-Hill in a production of My Fair Lady. David played Philip the Apostle in a regional theater production of Jesus Christ Superstar when he was 17. He was accepted at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Pasadena, California, but decided to head to Los Angeles instead. After moving to Los Angeles, he took the stage name of David Anders due to another actor using the name David Holt. In 2001 Anders took a role playing a high school senior in the Olsen twins' series So Little Time. Later in 2001 Anders landed the role of Julian Sark in Alias; originally a guest star, Anders was made a regular and lasted until 2006. Before his acting debut in Alias, Anders worked at The Gap and taught tennis. Between 2001 and 2006 while working on Alias Anders made guest appearances on television shows such as Charmed, CSI and Grey's Anatomy, worked on an independent film, and was involved in several plays. In 2002 Anders played in the independent film, The Surge. In December 2001 he appeared in The Source magazine in an ad for the rapper Canibus, in which Anders doubles as Eminem. In 2005 Anders joined the cast of Beautiful, an Off-Broadway rock musical, as the lead. Beautiful was shown during the New York International Fringe Festival. In the same year he participated in the film Circadian Rhythm. In 2006 Anders worked on the horror film Left in Darkness alongside actress Monica Keena. In 2007 Anders played the role of ELI in the film of the same name, ELI. He went on to be cast in a regular role in the second season of NBC's hit Heroes as Adam Monroe/Takezo Kensei, a new character with the ability to regenerate. Anders was once again asked to use his British accent from Alias, despite being an American actor. He is also working in two other movies; Into the Blue 2: The Reef and The Revenant. He recently joined the eighth season of 24. Anders has guest starred in the TV series The Vampire Diaries in 2010 as John Gilbert. As of late 2011, Anders has a recurring role on ABC's Once Upon A Time. On stage Anders has played the lead role in the world premiere of Rockne: The Musical. He also appeared in The Diary of Anne Frank, in 2001, which received an award for Best Ensemble performance at the Back Stage West Garland Awards.

Charity Work

In 2006, David became a part of Alias (and in 2007 Heroes) co-star Greg Grunberg's band, Band From TV. He sings main vocals alongside Bonnie Somerville. Other than Grunberg, Hugh Laurie (House) on keyboards and James Denton (Desperate Housewives) on guitar will be a part of the project. The band's main goal is to raise money for major charities. According to Grunberg they "charge an incredible amount of money to play corporate events, but if it's all going to charity, then it's worth every dime".


Year Title Type Role
2010-2017 The Vampire Diaries TV Series John Gilbert
2016 Comedy Bang! Bang! TV Series Loki
2011-2016 Once Upon a Time TV Series Dr. Whale / Dr. Victor Frankenstein
2015-2016 iZombie TV Series Blaine DeBeers
2015 Stalker TV Series Darren Tyler
2013 Criminal Minds TV Series Anton Harris
2013 Necessary Roughness TV Series Troy Cutler
2013 Arrow TV Series Cyrus Vanch
2012 Neighbors Short Timothy Longshanks
2012 House TV Series Bill Koppelman
2011 Archetype Short RL7 (voice)
2011 The Maiden and the Princess Short Hammond
2010 Undercovers TV Series Matthew Hunt
2010 Warehouse 13 TV Series Jonah Raitt
2010 24 TV Series Josef Bazhaev
2007-2010 Heroes TV Series Adam Monroe / Takezo Kensei
2009 Children of the Corn TV Movie Burton Stanton
2009 The Revenant Bart Gregory
2009 Into the Blue 2: The Reef Video Carlton
2009 Lie to Me TV Series Staff Sgt. Russell Scott
2007 Grey's Anatomy TV Series Jim
2007 ELI Short ELI
2006 Left in Darkness Video Donovan
2006 Deadwood TV Series Infantryman
2002-2006 Alias TV Series Julian Sark
2005 CSI: Miami TV Series Brian Miller
2005 Circadian Rhythm Garrison
2005 Charmed TV Series Count Roget
2004 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation TV Series Travis Watson
2004 Alias Video Game Mr. Sark (voice)
2003 Player$ TV Series Mr. Sark
2002 The Source Booji (as David Holt)
2001 So Little Time TV Series Senior High School Student


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