Daniel Gillies Biography
Daniel Gillies born March 14, 1976 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada is a New Zealand actor. 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 with his father being 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”. 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.
Daniel Gillies Career
Gillies’ acting career began with him 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.
Gillies has since 2002, 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 “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.
Daniel Gillies Age
Gillies was born on March 14th 1976 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada . He is 42 years old.
Daniel Gillies Wife
Gillies married American actress Rachael Leigh Cook on 8 August 2004, after less than a year of dating. Together, they have a daughter born in 2013 and a son born in 2015.
Daniel Gillies Height
Gillies is 1.8 metres tall.
Daniel Gillies Net Worth
Daniel Gillies is a New Zealand actor who has a net worth of $3 million dollars.
Daniel Gillies Movies and TV Shos
- The Originals (TV Show)
- SEAL Team (TV Show)
- Saving Hope (TV Show)
- The Vampire Diaries (TV Show)
- D’originals (TV Show)
- Captivity (Movie)
- Into the West (TV Show)
- Mentors (TV Show)
- Spider-Man 2 (Movie)
- Bride & Prejudice (Movie)
- The Snow Queen (Movie)
- Young Hercules (TV Show)
- The Originals (TV Show)
- Home & Family (TV Show)
- The Social (TV Show)
- The Marilyn Denis Show (TV Show)
- A Soldier’s Sweetheart
- No One Can Hear You
- Various Positions
- The Lost Wife of Robert Durst
- Broken Kingdom
- The Sensation of Sight
- Uncross the Stars
- Cleopatra 2525
- True Blood
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Daniel Gillies News
Daniel Gillies aka Elijah looks back on a “wonderful story-line” that didn’t make the cut on ‘The Originals’
Updated On: 19 June 2018
The series finale of ‘The Originals’ is just around the corner and try as we might there is not much time between now and episode 13 of season 5, when the very last episode ‘When the Saints Go Marching In’ will air. There have been storylines and characters that gave us deeper insight into the lives of the first Vampire family – The Mikaelsons.
We have loved them and we have loved to hate them, but there is one particular storyline that would have given a bit more clarity into Elijah’s past, Meaww has learned. It was unfortunately cut and Daniel Gillies, the talented actor who brings Elijah to life on ‘The Originals,’ reminisces it still, seeing as it truly was a missed opportunity to make the audience fall further in love with the “most human” Mikaelson brother.
Daniel tells Meaww, “There was a wonderful storyline that got removed in season 3 episode 12 – I want to say – where we visit Eijah’s past. We actually shot it and then it was determined that it was it wasn’t appropriate, because they thought it would disturb the beloved storyline between myself and Hayley. [portrayed by Phoebe Tonkin].”
The story line, he says, had a “wonderful arc” which narrated the story of Elijah and Aaya [portrayed by Tracy Ifeachor]. “It showed how they met one another and this incredible history they had together, this romance they found through the acquisition of knowledge and this library where they met and there were beautiful details where you discovered an incredible amount about Elijah and what some of his pilgrimage to being who he is today was.”
Tragically, this “truly fascinating little arc” was thrown out and they decided to not go with it, despite the fact that it was “one of the best written, best shot” episodes of the show, according to Daniel.
The actor, who believes that the fans return to most shows for the love of the characters rather than the story, believes that this decision was more “clinical and mathematical”, that should not have been made in the first place. “I will always make the argument that character is the reason that people tune in week to week. They don’t really care so much about story,” says Daniel.
He further adds, “They just want to feel a driving intension and desire from the characters they love to spend time with. That is what it is and unfortunately some times in television story archs rule, in an almost clinical, mathematical way, over spending time with characters, but it at best was disappointing to me and I think it was a mistake.”
However, those deleted scenes are part of the DVD sets and are available online as well. “I think they ended up on some of the DVD sets, and I have seen a couple of them online. It has a marvelous performance by an Australian actor called Oliver Ackland [who plays Tristan on the show]. He was magnificent. It was such an interesting and beautiful storyline that just didn’t make it to the finish line.”
You can watch Daniel reprise the role of Elijah – who has just got back his memories – for four more episodes of ‘The Originals’ on Wednesdays at 9/8 c pm. Post that, the story of the Mikaelson family will continue with ‘Legacies’, a new ‘Vampire Diaries’ and ‘Originals’ spin-off, that will feature Hope Mikaelson as the protagonist.
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