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Short Info

Date Of BirthMarch 14, 1976
SpouseRachael Leigh Cook
FactHis 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.

Daniel Gillies is a Canadian-born actor and director, best known for his role as Elijah Mikaelson on The CW’s hit supernatural drama, The Originals.

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on March 14, 1976, Gillies was raised in New Zealand from the age of two. His parents, who were both teachers, instilled in him a love of learning at an early age.

Gillies began his acting career in his teens, appearing in a number of local theater productions. He made his television debut in 1995, guest-starring on the New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street.

In 2000, Gillies made the move to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of becoming a Hollywood actor. He landed his first major role in the 2002 film Spider-Man 2, playing John Jameson, the son of Daily Bugle editor J. Jonah Jameson (played by J.K. Simmons).

Gillies’ breakout role came in 2013, when he was cast as Elijah Mikaelson on The Originals. He has since appeared in over 100 episodes of the show, which is currently in its fifth and final season.

In addition to his work on The Originals, Gillies has also directed two episodes of the show. He made his directorial debut with the episode “The Battle of New Orleans”, which aired in 2016.

Gillies is married to actress Rachael Leigh Cook. The couple has two children together: a daughter born in 2013 and a son born in 2015.

General Info

Full NameDaniel Gillies
Date Of BirthMarch 14, 1976
Height1.8 m
EducationSouthwell School


SpouseRachael Leigh Cook
ChildrenTheodore Vigo Sullivan Gillies, Charlotte Easton Gillies


MoviesUncross the Stars, Matters of Life and Death, Captivity, Dream Cruise, The Sensation of Sight, Bride and Prejudice, Evil Remains, Spider-Man 2
TV ShowsStreet Legal, Into the West, The Originals, Saving Hope

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1New Zealanders have conventions and pleasantries, but we are direct. We are encouraged to be transparent with our behavior and not to employ passive aggression.
2I will say that the food in both Japan and Italy was immaculate. I don't remember having bad food in either country.
3Tell people you're a Canadian or a Kiwi when you travel and they'll adore you.
4Cable 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.
5I 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.
6Kevin 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.


1His 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.
2His wife, Rachael Leigh Cook, gave birth to their first child, daughter Charlotte Easton Gillis, on September 28, 2013.
3Is an accomplished stage actor - previous stage experiences includes Toa Fraser's "Vs" at the SiLO Theatre's Tales of Phantasy festival in 1997




The Originals2013-2017TV SeriesElijah Mikaelson
Saving Hope2012-2015TV SeriesDr. Joel Goran
The Vampire Diaries2010-2014TV SeriesElijah Mikaelson
Broken Kingdom2012Jason '80'
NCIS2010TV SeriesRoyal Marine Major Peter Malloy
True Blood2010TV SeriesJon
The Glades2010TV SeriesDave Rollins
Uncross the Stars2008Troy
Wait for Me2007Video voice
Matters of Life and Death2007ShortJimmy
Captivity2007Gary Dexter
Masters of Horror2007TV SeriesJack Miller
The Sensation of Sight2006Dylan
Into the West2005TV Mini-SeriesEthan Biggs
Bride & Prejudice2004Johnny Wickham
Evil Remains2004Mark
Spider-Man 22004John Jameson
Snow Queen2002TV MovieDelfont Chalfont
Various Positions2002Marcel
Mentors2002TV SeriesKing Arthur
Jeremiah2002TV SeriesSimon
Street Legal2000-2001TV SeriesTim O'Connor
No One Can Hear You2001Dirk Mettcalfe
Cleopatra 25252000TV SeriesCute Guy
Young Hercules1999TV SeriesAntos
A Soldier's Sweetheart1998Medic (as Daniel J. Gillies)


Broken Kingdom2012
Wait for Me2007Video


Broken Kingdom2012
Wait for Me2007Video story


Wait for Me2007Video


One: The Movie2005Documentary


Wait for Me2007Video executive producer


Harmontown2016TV SeriesHimself
This Week in Hollywood2015TV SeriesHimself
E! News2014TV SeriesHimself
RingCon 20122013DocumentaryHimself
Kingdom Come2011DocumentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Pride and Prejudice Revisited2005TV Movie documentaryJohnny Wickham (uncredited)
Jeremiah2002TV SeriesSimon

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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