Daniel Gillies (born 14 March 1976) is a Canadian-born New Zealand actor. He is best known for his role as Elijah Mikaelson on the television series The Vampire Diaries and its spin-off The Originals, as well as Dr. Joel Goran on the Canadian series Saving Hope, a medical themed show with a mystical, paranormal twist. He wrote and directed the 2012 film Broken Kingdom.
|Nationality||Canada, New Zealand|
|Occupation||Actor, screenwriter, director, producer|
Gillies was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada to New Zealand parents. When he 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 was the renowned ENT/plastic surgery pioneer Sir Harold Gillies), he became interested in acting because he said it was "the only thing I was ever any good at".
Frustrated with the lack of opportunities in New Zealand, he moved to Sydney, Australia for six weeks in 2001, before going to Canada for two months, where he worked as a waiter and dishwasher until deciding to move to Los Angeles, USA.
Gillies began his career starring in several Auckland Theatre Company productions, before landing a two season lead role in the television drama Street Legal. After deciding that his acting options in his native New Zealand were limited, Gillies explored his options in Sydney and Canada. Gillies then moved to Los Angeles and was soon cast in the movies Bride and Prejudice and Spider-Man 2.
Since 2002, Gillies has worked in Canadian and American film and television – at times simultaneously. Before landing lead roles in television series, Gillies landed guests spots on television shows such as Masters of Horror, NCIS, and True Blood. In 2010, he was cast on the hit The CW drama The Vampire Diaries as Elijah Mikaelson. In 2013, CW created a successful spin-off of The Vampire Diaries chronicling the lives of the first (aka "the Original") vampires. Gillies' once recurring part as Elijah from The Vampire Diaries became a lead part in The Originals. A potential nightmare existed for CW since Gillies was already under contract to play the playboy-ish Dr. Joel Goran in the supernatural series, Saving Hope. Saving Hope initially aired in the US on NBC, but the series was not renewed although it continued to run in Canada. He continued both shows. In 2012, Gillies wrote, directed and starred with his wife Rachael Leigh Cook in Broken Kingdom.
Gillies married American actress Rachael Leigh Cook on 8 August 2004. Together, they have a daughter, Charlotte born in September 2013, and a son, Theodore born in April 2015. In an interview in 2017, he revealed he took medical steps to prevent a third child being brought into the family citing concerns about his age and energy levels, "...no, that's the answer. I want to be able to give these two my love and my attention and my care. I would like to stop now." On 13 June 2019, both Cook and Gillies announced on Instagram that they mutually decided to separate and they also said that they wanted it to be as discreet as possible for the sake of their kids.
|1998||A Soldier's Sweetheart||Medic|
|2001||No One Can Hear You||Dirk Mettcalfe|
|2004||Spider-Man 2||John Jameson|
|Trespassing||Mark||AKA Evil Remains|
|Bride and Prejudice||Johnny Wickham|
|2006||The Sensation of Sight||Dylan|
|Matters of Life and Death||Jimmy||Short film|
|2008||Uncross the Stars||Troy|
|2012||Broken Kingdom||Jason '80'||Also director and producer|
|2017||The Lost Wife of Robert Durst||Robert Durst|
|1999||Young Hercules||Antos||Episode: "My Fair Lilith"|
|2000||Cleopatra 2525||Hot Guy||Episode: "Mind Games"|
|Street Legal||Tim O'Connor||Main role (seasons 1–2)|
|2002||Mentors||King Arthur||Episode: "Once and Future King"|
|Jeremiah||Simon||Episode: "The Long Road: Part 1"|
|Snow Queen||Delfont Chalfont||Television movie|
|2005||Into the West||Ethan Biggs||Miniseries|
|2007||Masters of Horror||Jack Miller||Episode: "Dream Cruise"|
|2010||The Glades||Dave Rollins||Episode: "Doppelganger"|
|True Blood||Jon||Episode: "I Smell a Rat"|
|NCIS||Royal Marine Major Peter Malloy||Episode: "Royals & Loyals"|
|2010–2014||The Vampire Diaries||Elijah Mikaelson||Recurring role (seasons 2-5)|
|2012–2015||Saving Hope||Dr. Joel Goran||Main role (seasons 1–3)|
|2013–2018||The Originals||Elijah Mikaelson||Main role;|
Director for Episode: "Phantomesque",
"There in the Disappearing Light"
|2017||SEAL Team||Nate Massey||Episode: "Pilot"|
- Gallagher, Michael Aaron (11 September 2012). "Daniel Gillies Releases Broken Kingdom/Kingdom Come Films". StayFamous.net. Retrieved 21 November 2012.
- Barry, Rebecca (19 June 2005). "Spiderweb of fame". NZ Herald. Retrieved 21 November 2012.
- "Baby on the Way for Rachael Leigh Cook and Daniel Gillies". People. 8 May 2013. Retrieved 28 September 2013.
- "Rachael Leigh Cook: I'm Happy We Waited to Have a Baby". People. 25 June 2013. Retrieved 28 September 2013.
- Webber, Stephanie (29 September 2013). "Rachael Leigh Cook, Husband Daniel Gillies Welcome Baby Girl". Us Weekly. Retrieved 29 September 2013.
- Chen, Joyce (4 October 2013). "Rachael Leigh Cook Reveals Baby Name: Charlotte Easton Gillies!". Us Weekly. Retrieved 4 October 2013.
- "EXCLUSIVE: Daniel Gillies Gushes Over 'Beautiful' Wife Rachael Leigh Cook, Reveals If Baby No. 3 Could Happen!". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved 26 April 2018.