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Overview (2)

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (2)

Daniel Gillies was born on 14 March 1976 in Winnipeg, Canada and moved to New Zealand at a young age. Though born into a family of strong medical background (his father is a pediatrician, his mother a nurse, and his great-great-great-grandfather is the renowned ENT/plastic surgery pioneer Sir Harold Gillies), he became interested in acting and studied at the Unitec School of Performing Arts. Frustrated with the lack of opportunities in New Zealand, he moved to Sydney, Australia for six weeks in 2001, before returning to his native Canada for two months, where he worked as a waiter and dishwasher until deciding to move to Los Angeles, USA.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: DG

Daniel made his acting debut in the New Zealand drama Street Legal (2000), where he played Tim O'Connor (2000-2002). His next bigger role was in Spider-Man 2 (2004), where he played John Jameson, a fiancee of Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst). In 2010 he guest-starred on NCIS (2003) as a British MI-6 agent, and had a recurring role on The Vampire Diaries (2009) as Elijah Mikaelson (2010-2014). Since 2013 he has starred in the Vampire Diaries' spin-off series - The Originals (2013). From 2012 to 2015, he played the young surgeon Joel Goran in the NBC medical drama, Saving Hope (2012). Gillies' other guest starring television credits include HBO's True Blood (2008), A&E's The Glades (2010), Masters of Horror (2005), Jeremiah (2002) and Mentors (1998). A veteran of the theater, Daniel 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 (2006), alongside Academy Award nominee David Strathairn. The following year, Gillies started his own production company - Holy Monster. In 2010, Daniel wrote and directed his first independent film Broken Kingdom (2012). The film was shot in Bogotá, Colombia and Los Angeles. He also worked in Gurinder Chadda's Hollywood film called Bride and Prejudice as Johnny Wickham, along the actress and former Miss World, Aishwarya Rai.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Akram Braham

Spouse (1)

Rachael Leigh Cook (14 August 2004 - 10 July 2020) ( filed for divorce) ( 2 children)

Trivia (3)

Is an accomplished stage actor - previous stage experiences includes Toa Fraser's "Vs" at the SiLO Theatre's Tales of Phantasy festival in 1997
His estranged wife, Rachael Leigh Cook, gave birth to their first child, daughter Charlotte Easton Gillis, on September 28, 2013.
His estranged wife, Rachael Leigh Cook, gave birth to their second child, son Theodore Vigo Sullivan Gillies, on April 4, 2015 at 5 am in Los Angeles.

Personal Quotes (6)

Kevin Smith is so great in 'Kingdom Come,' isn't he? He's kind of this very earthy poet. He just has this immediate gregariousness, like, you kind of just want to be his pal.
I moved to New Zealand from Winnipeg when I was almost five. I hated it. It was to a city in the south of New Zealand called Invercargill and there was constant rain. There was a depressing sensation in the air.
Cable had a latitude to move which created less censorship and bestowed upon the artists, the writers and the creators, more liberty to create their shows.
Tell people you're a Canadian or a Kiwi when you travel and they'll adore you.
I will say that the food in both Japan and Italy was immaculate. I don't remember having bad food in either country.
New Zealanders have conventions and pleasantries, but we are direct. We are encouraged to be transparent with our behavior and not to employ passive aggression.

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