Ian Somerhalder

Actor, Model
After an early departure from his first hit series, "Lost" (ABC, 2004-2010), actor Ian Somerhalder became a fan favorite as the standout star of the immensely popular supernatural drama, "The Vampire Diaries" (The CW ... Read more »
Born: 12/08/1978 in Covington, Louisiana, USA

Filmography

Actor (35)

Vampire Diaries 2009 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

How to Make Love to a Woman 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Nickelodeon's 27th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Anomaly 2014 (Movie)

Harkin Langham (Actor)

Wake 2014 (Movie)

Tyler (Actor)

Years of Living Dangerously 2014 (Tv Show)

Himself

Teen Choice 2013 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 18th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 2013 Young Hollywood Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 39th Annual People's Choice Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 38th Annual People's Choice Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

Lost 2004 - 2007, 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Scream 2009 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The Tournament 2009 (Movie)

Miles Slater (Actor)

The Sensation of Sight 2008 (Movie)

Drifter (Actor)

Marco Polo 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Tell Me You Love Me 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Pulse 2006 (Movie)

Dexter McCarthy (Actor)

In Enemy Hands 2005 (Movie)

Danny Miller (Actor)

Smallville 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

CSI: Miami 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Changing Hearts 2002 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Rules of Attraction 2002 (Movie)

Paul Denton (Actor)

Life As A House 2001 (Movie)

Josh (Actor)

Now and Again 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Young Americans 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Anatomy of A Hate Crime (TV Show)

Actor

Fireball (TV Show)

Actor

Lost City Raiders (TV Show)

Actor

Marco Polo (TV Show)

Actor

The World Dog Awards (TV Show)

Presenter

Biography

After an early departure from his first hit series, "Lost" (ABC, 2004-2010), actor Ian Somerhalder became a fan favorite as the standout star of the immensely popular supernatural drama, "The Vampire Diaries" (The CW, 2009- ). Starting out as a successful model, Somerhalder transitioned to acting with the short-lived teen drama, "Young Americans" (The WB, 1999-2000) before landing roles in features like "Life as a House" (2001) and "The Rules of Attraction" (2002). His first major role, that of over-protective brother Boone Carlyle who may be in love with his step-sister on the phenomenon, "Lost" was cut short when Somerhalder's character was killed in a freak accident during the first season. Even the actor was stunned by the unexpected turn of events. Although he made periodic return visits to the "Lost" island, Somerhalder soldiered on with such middling efforts as the horror feature "Pulse" (2006) and the highly sexualized series "Tell Me You Love Me" (HBO, 2007-08). His true breakout role came along when Somerhalder was cast as troubled loner vampire Damon Salvatore on the supernatural drama series "The Vampire Diaries" (The CW, 2009- ). As one third of a love triangle that included his undead brother Stefan and human Elena, Somerhalder quickly became the bad boy favorite of the show. Adding to the veracity of their smoldering onscreen pairing was the news that he and Dobrev had become a real-life couple. Handsome, talented and politically active, Somerhalder was determined to be known as more than just another pretty face.

Relationships

Nina Dobrev Actor

Companion
Met while co-starring on "The Vampire Diaries" (The CW) Began dating 2010

Maggie Grace Actor

Companion
Played spoiled step-siblings on hit ABC series "Lost" Dated 2006 No longer together

Ashley Greene Actor

Companion
Reportedly dated early 2009 No longer together

Nicky Hilton Actor

Companion
Briefly dated 2003 No longer together

Robert Somerhalder

Father
Divorced from wife when Ian was 13

Edna Somerhalder

Mother
Divorced from husband when Ian was 13

Bob Somerhalder

Brother

Robin Somerhalder

Sister

EDUCATION

William Esper Studio

New York , New York

Milestones

2009

Cast in the CW series "The Vampire Diaries"

2007

Played the title character in "The Travels of Marco Polo," the miniseries chronicling Polo's 13th century travels to Mongolia

2007

Had a recurring role on the HBO series, "Tell Me You Love Me"

2006

Starred in "Pulse," a remake of cult Japanese helmer Kiyoshi Kurosawa's "Kairo"

2004

Had a recurring role as Adam Knight on the WB's "Smallville"

2004

Cast as Boone in the first season of the drama "Lost" (ABC); became the show's first casualty in season one; returned to play Boone Carlyle in flashbacks and dream sequences in the second and third seasons

2002

Cast in the leading role of Paul, a young gay student, in the film adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' novel "The Rules of Attraction"

2000

Starred as Hamilton, the thoughtfully rebellious son of the dean of his prep school, in the WB's teen drama "Young Americans"

1999

Guest starred on an episode of the CBS sci-fi drama "Now and Again"

1998

Was spotted by a manager while working as an extra in the film "Black & White" (released in 2000)

1996

Began acting training at age 17

1989

Signed a three-year contract with the Ford agency in New York at age 10

Worked extensively as a model in NYC and Europe

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