Daniel Gillies plays Elijah Mikaelson, the eldest of the Original siblings, on The CW’s hit drama The Originals.
Canadian-born and New Zealand-raised, Gillies is also well known for his role on CTV’s hit medical drama Saving Hope, in which he stars opposite Erica Durance.
Gillies’ past television credits include HBO’s True Blood and A&E’s The Glades. He has also made guest appearances on NCIS, Masters of Horror, Jeremiah and Mentors. Gillies also appeared on TNT’s much-celebrated miniseries Into the West.
On the big screen, Gillies has starred in films including Bride and Prejudice, Spiderman 2 and Roland Joffe’s Captivity. Before coming to the United States, Gillies starred in the hit New Zealand television drama Street Legal, for which he was awarded Best Actor in 1999.
A veteran of theater, Gillies has participated in over 20 plays 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 darling The Sensation of Sight, alongside Academy Award-nominee David Strathairn. The following year, Gillies started his own production company, Holy Monster.
Not only does Gillies enjoy being in front of the camera, he also enjoys writing and directing. In 2010, he wrote and directed his first independent film, Broken Kingdom, which won the Best Director Award and the Youth Jury Award for Best Feature Film at the 2011 Rhode Island International Film Festival. Broken Kingdom also took home the Avalon Feature Film Award at last year’s Catalina Film Festival. The film had its television premiere on Showtime.
Gillies currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife, actress Rachael Leigh Cook, and their daughter Charlotte.