Daniel Gillies is a Canadian-born, New Zealand actor. He's best known for his role as Elijah Mikaelson on the "The Vampire Diaries" and its spin-off "The Originals", as well as Dr. Joel Goran on "Saving Hope", a medical themed show with a mystical, paranormal twist. He also wrote and directed the 2012 film "Broken Kingdom" with his wife, Rachel Leigh Cook.
Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Daniel's parents decided to return to their native New Zealand when he was five. Though born into a family with a strong medical background (his father is a pediatrician, his mother a nurse, and his great-great-great-grandfather was the renowned ENT/plastic surgery pioneer, Sir Harold Gillies), he became interested in acting. Frustrated with the lack of opportunities in New Zealand, he moved to Sydney, Australia in 2001, before going to Canada for two months, where he worked as a waiter and dishwasher until deciding to move to Los Angeles. There he was soon cast in the movies "Pride & Prejudice" and "Spider-Man 2".
Since 2002, Daniel has worked in Canadian and American film and television, at times simultaneously. Before landing lead roles on TV, he had guest roles on shows such as "Masters of Horror", "NCIS", and "True Blood". In 2010, he was cast on the hit CW drama, "The Vampire Diaries", as Elijah Mikaelson. In 2013, CW created "The Originals", a successful spin-off of "The Vampire Diaries" chronicling the lives of the first, or original, vampires. Daniel's once recurring part as Elijah became a lead in "The Originals". A potential nightmare existed for the CW, since Daniel was already under contract to play the playboy-ish Dr. Joel Goran in the supernatural medical series, "Saving Hope", but until recently, Daniel continued to star on both shows. In total, Daniel has starred in over 100 episodes of the combined "The Vampire Diaries" and "The Originals".
Elijah Mikaelson, The Vampire Diaries
Elijah Mikaelson, The Originals
Dr. Joel Goran, Saving Hope
John Jameson, Spiderman 2
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