Daniel Gillies Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Oluwatosin Michael
Feb 20, 2024 By Oluwatosin Michael
Originally Published on May 06, 2022
Know all about this Canadian-born New Zealand actor, well-known for Elijah, Daniel Gillies.
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About Daniel Gillies

Daniel Gillies was born Daniel Joshua Gillies, well-known for his role as 'Elijah Mikaelson' in 'The Vampire Diaries' and ‘The Originals.’
Daniel Gillies has been an actor, producer, writer, screenwriter, and director. Please find out more about his career, net worth, birthday, height, charity works, interests, and other interesting facts in this article.

Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is Daniel Gillies's net worth?

Daniel Gillies has an estimated net worth of $3 million, primarily for his role as 'Elijah Mikaelson' in the television series 'The Vampire Diaries' and 'The Originals.'

How much does Daniel Gillies earn per year?

Danie Gillies's annual income is approximately $495,000.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is Daniel Gillies?

Daniel Gillies is 5.11 ft (180 cm) tall.

How old is Daniel Gillies?

Daniel Gillies was born on March 14, 1976; he is 46 years old as of 2022.

Childhood And Education

Daniel Gillies was born Daniel Joshua Gillies on March 14, 1976, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. His parents were from New Zealand, and later, when Daniel was five years old, his family moved to New Zealand, later to Invercargill, and then to Hamilton. Daniel Gillies attended the Unitec School of Performing Arts in New Zealand.
Daniel Gillies's father is a pediatrician, his mother is a nurse, and Daniel Gillies's great-great-grandfather was pioneer Sir Harold Gillies, a renowned ENT/ Plastic surgeon. Though he came from a family of strong medical background, Daniel has shown his interest in acting since a young age. He also mentioned that acting was the only thing he was ever good at.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who is Daniel Gillies dating?

Daniel Gillies is dating Julia Misaki, an American actress, model, and social media personality from Osaka, Japan. Since 2000, Daniel Joshua Gillies has lived and worked in California, USA.
Previously Daniel Joshua Gillies had a long-term relationship with American actress and model Rachael Leigh Cook. Daniel Gillies married Rachael Leigh Cook on August 8, 2004, and the couple parted ways in 2021. They share custody of their two children, Charlotte Easton Gillies and Theodore Vigo Sullivan Gillies.

Career And Professional Highlights

Before landing the lead role in the TV drama 'Street Legal,' Daniel Gillies began his career by starring in theater plays produced by 'Auckland Theater Company.' Daniel Gillies decided to move to Sydney, Australia, as he didn't acquire any opportunities in New Zealand.
During his time in Sydney, he worked as a waiter and dishwasher for six weeks in 2001. After 2001, Daniel Gillies decided to move to Los Angeles, USA, to look for opportunities. He was cast in the movies 'Bride And Prejudice' and 'Spider-Man 2'. Find more about his career as an actor.

Best Known For...

Daniel Joshua Gillies is a Canada-born New Zealand actor, director, screenwriter, and film producer well-known as Elijah Mikaelson on the television series 'The Vampire Diaries' and 'The Originals.' After a successful spin-off as Elijah Mikaelson in 'The Vampire Diaries,' he became a lead part in 'The Originals'. 
Daniel Gillies is also known for portraying the role of Dr. Joel Goran in the 'Saving Hope' Canadian series. It was a medical show instilled with a mystical and paranormal twist. 'Saving Hope' was aired in the US on NBC, as the series was not renewed; Daniel Gillies had to continue in both the shows, 'The Originals' and ‘Saving Hope.’
Daniel Gillies is currently working on the Netflix original series 'Virgin River' from 2019. He plays the recurring role of 'Mark.' As a veteran theater actor, Daniel played characters like Julius Caesar, Long Day's Journey into Night, The Judas Kiss, and Three Sisters.
In 2006, Daniel Gillies played a lead role in 'The Sensation of Sight,' the international festival film. He starred alongside David Strathairn, an Academy Award nominee. Besides, Daniel has also made guest appearances on television shows 'Masters of Horror', 'True Blood,' and ‘NCIS.’
Daniel Gillies's debut American film 'A Soldier's Sweetheart' had earned several recognitions and gained a more prominent role in his television career. He portrayed the role of medic 'Daniel J. Gillies' in 1998.

Charity Work

Daniel Gillies made various humanitarian trips and supported different causes. One such is a humanitarian visit to Uganda. He helped raise funds to support the Oxfam campaign, ending the crisis and educating people about the critical issue.

What awards has Daniel Gillies won?

Daniel Gillies has won a Chapman-Tripp Theater award for best actor for his performance in 'The Godboy' as 'Jimmy Sullivan.' He has 31 IMDb credits as an actor. His credited performances include 'Mark Monroe' in 'Virgin River (TV Series) (2019-2021)', 'John Jameson' in 'Spider-Man 2 (2004)', 'Elijah Mikaelson' in 'The Originals (TV Series) (2013-2018)', 'Dr. Joel Goran' in 'Saving Hope (TV Series) (2012-2015)', 'Elijah Mikaelson' in 'The Vampire Diaries (TV Series) (2010-2014)', and Jon in 'True Blood (TV Series) (2010)'.

Daniel Gillies' Hobbies And Interests

Besides acting, Daniel Gillies has also been a writer, director, cinematographer, and producer. He worked as a director and writer for his first independent film, 'Broken Kingdom,' released in 2012 with his ex-wife Rachael Leigh Cook. 

Other Interesting Daniel Gillies Facts And Trivia

  • Daniel Gillies was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He has citizenship both in Canada and New Zealand. Gillies's nationality is Canadian with New Zealand ethnicity.
  • Daniel Gillies's first independent film 'Broken Kingdom' was shot in Bogota, Colombia, and Los Angeles.
  • Daniel Gillies worked in an Indian film 'Bride and Prejudice' directed by Gurinder Chadda. He played the role of 'Johnny Wickham' alongside actress and former Miss World Aishwarya Rai.
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Daniel Gillies Birthday & Fun Facts Facts

Birth Name

Daniel Gillies

Date of Birth




Place of Birth

Winnipeg, Manitoba



180 cm

Eye Color

Dark Brown

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Southwell School

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Julia Misaki

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Written by Oluwatosin Michael

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With a Bachelor's in Microbiology from the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Oluwatosin has honed his skills as an SEO content writer, editor, and growth manager. He has written articles, conducted extensive research, and optimized content for search engines. His expertise extends to leading link-building efforts and revising onboarding strategies. 

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