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Ian Somerhalder

Ian Somerhalder
Somerhalder at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con International
Born Ian Joseph Somerhalder
(1978-12-08) December 8, 1978
Covington, Louisiana, U.S.
Occupation Actor, model
Years active 1997–present
Spouse(s) Nikki Reed (m. 2015)

Ian Joseph Somerhalder[1] (born December 8, 1978)[2] is an American actor, model and director.[3] He is known for playing Boone Carlyle in the TV drama Lost and Damon Salvatore in The CW's supernatural drama The Vampire Diaries.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Foundations and causes 3
  • Personal life 4
  • Filmography 5
    • Film 5.1
    • Television 5.2
    • As director 5.3
  • Awards and nominations 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Early life

Somerhalder was born and raised in Covington, Louisiana, the son of Edna, a massage therapist, and Robert Somerhalder, an independent building contractor.[4] He is the second of three children, with an older brother, Robert, and younger sister, Robyn.[5] He attended St. Paul's, a private Catholic school in Covington. He embarked on a modeling career from age 10 to 13,[6] and by the age of 17 he decided to go into acting.


In the summer of 2000, Somerhalder starred in the short-lived WB series Young Americans, a spin-off of Dawson's Creek. He played Hamilton Fleming, the son of the dean of a prestigious boarding school. In 2002, Somerhalder played bisexual character Paul Denton in Roger Avary's adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' novel, The Rules of Attraction, alongside James Van Der Beek, Shannyn Sossamon, and Jessica Biel.[7]

Paul Wesley, Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder

In 2004, Somerhalder scored his breakthrough role when he played Boone Carlyle in the hit TV show Lost. Despite his character's death in the twentieth episode of the first season, Somerhalder returned to the role of Boone for seven more episodes between 2005 and 2010, including the series finale. Somerhalder was one of the first actors to be cast in a role for the series[8] and the first major character to die.[9]

In 2009, Somerhalder appeared in the movie The Tournament where he played the role of an assassin participating in a lethal competition with other assassins. He appears in the coffee table book About Face by celebrity photographer John Russo.[10][11]

In June 2009, Somerhalder was cast in the role of Vampire Damon Salvatore as a series regular in The CW television drama series The Vampire Diaries. The series premiere attracted The CW's highest premiere ratings of any season premiere since the network began in 2006. The series has continued to be the highest rated series on its channel with both Somerhalder's performance and the show receiving a positive response from critics. Somerhalder has received several Teen Choice Award's and a People's Choice Award for his participation on the series.[12]

In October 2012 it was reported that Somerhalder had been cast in the film Time Framed, which had begun filming in Los Angeles.[13]

Foundations and causes

Somerhalder at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.

Somerhalder was involved in the cleanup after the fandom for his birthday project.[15][16][17][18]

Together with his The Vampire Diaries co-stars Candice Accola and Michael Trevino, Somerhalder supports the It Gets Better Project, which makes it a goal to prevent suicide among LGBT youth[19] associated with The Trevor Project.[20]

Somerhalder announced, via Twitter and in various interviews that he was setting up "Ian Somerhalder Foundation" (launched on December 8, 2010, Somerhalder's 32nd birthday), which he hopes will educate people on the importance of protecting the environment and animals: "Instead of gifts this year, my birthday wish is that we come together and raise funds to support projects that protect our habitat and nurture our furry friends.[21][22] He opposes GMO foods and factory farming, and supports visionary ecologist Allan Savory in his crusade to let cows graze in sync with nature to enrich soil, enhance biodiversity, and reverse climate change. In 2011 Somerhalder visited Savory in Africa and announced he was making a documentary about him with the goal of winning him a Nobel Prize.[23][24]

Somerhalder is also a celebrity campaigner for

External links

  1. ^ Barrientos, Tanya (December 16, 2005). "Kanye West prepared for a disappointment". Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "Ian Somerhalder Biography".  
  3. ^ "‘The Vampire Diaries': Ian Somerhalder to Direct Season 6 Episode - TVLine". TVLine. Retrieved 6 February 2015. 
  4. ^ Knutzen, Eirik (2007-05-25). "TV Close-Up: Ian Somerhalder". Bend Weekly. Retrieved 2010-11-20. 
  5. ^ "Ten Things About... Ian Somerhalder". Digital Spy. Retrieved 6 February 2015. 
  6. ^ Interview with Jay Leno, The Tonight Show, 2010-12-02.
  7. ^ Maggie Pehanick. "Ian Somerhalder in The Rules of Attraction". POPSUGAR Entertainment. 
  8. ^ Whitelocks, Sadie (October 16, 2012). "Vampire Diaries' Ian Somerhalder opens up about THOSE Fifty Shades casting rumours as he works smouldering gaze for Mr Porter". Daily mail. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Is Lost Boy Boone Really Dead?". TV Guide. April 13, 2005. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  10. ^ Press Worldwide
  11. ^ Metro Source LA magazine
  12. ^ Schneider, Michael (2009-03-25). "'"Somerhalder joins 'Vampire Diaries. Variety. Retrieved 2010-05-18. 
  13. ^ Rahbar, Sabba (October 22, 2012). """Ian Somerhalder Kicks Some Major Ass On The Set Of His New Film "Time Framed. CELEBUZZ!. Retrieved October 26, 2012. 
  14. ^ Vampire Diaries' Star Ian Somerhalder Comes Home To New Orleans To Help Wildlife Affected By Oil Spill"'". 2010-05-06. Retrieved 2011-03-12. 
  15. ^ Grace Sydney (2010-10-01). "Ian Somerhalder Attending St. Tammany Humane Society Fundraiser". Retrieved 2011-03-12. 
  16. ^ Shenna P. (2010-11-16). "Ian Somerhalder Fans Take NOLA By Storm". Life Not So Fab. Retrieved 2011-03-12. 
  17. ^ Unleashed Recap Plus More on Ian Somerhalder’s Foundation (2010-11-17). Vampire Diaries Online.
  18. ^ "Ian Somerhalder Hosting ‘Unleashed: Bash on the Bayou’ – Ian Somerhalder". Zimbio. 2010-11-15. Retrieved 2011-03-12. 
  19. ^ Parker-Pope, Tara (2010-09-22). "Showing Gay Teens a Happy Future".  
  20. ^ "The Trevor Project – It Gets Better!". YouTube. Retrieved 2011-03-12. 
  21. ^ "Ian Somerhalder Foundation". Retrieved 2011-03-12. 
  22. ^ Vee (2010-11-16). "Exclusive: Ian Somerhalder Set to Launch His Foundation, Explains How You Can Help",
  23. ^ Somerhalder, Ian. "Ian's Update...". Ian Somerhalder Foundation. Retrieved 2015-02-09. 
  24. ^ Malkin, Marc; Malec, Brett (2011-08-09). "Vampire Diaries' Ian Somerhalder Wants a Nobel Prize". Retrieved 2015-02-09. 
  25. ^ """Ian Somerhalder catches up with RYOT News about "Years of Living Dangerously. YouTube. 17 April 2014. Retrieved 6 February 2015. 
  26. ^ Selby, Jenn (September 13, 2011). "Ian Somerhalder confirms relationship with Nina Dobrev".  
  27. ^ Johnson, Zach (2011-09-12). "Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev: Why We Love Each Other". Us Weekly. Retrieved 2013-01-01. 
  28. ^ Saad, Nardine (May 9, 2013). "Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder split up".  
  29. ^ Schumann, Rebecca (2013-06-28). "Nina Dobrev, Ian Somerhalder Break Up Confirmed; Actor Colton Haynes Says ‘Vampire Diaries’ Stars Are Single [VIDEO]". Retrieved 2013-06-28. 
  30. ^ Jordan, Julie (January 23, 2015). "'"Nikki Reed Says She and Ian Somerhalder 'Have Such an Amazing Future Ahead of Us.  
  31. ^ Nelson, Jeff (February 20, 2015). "'"Nikki Reed on her huge engagement ring: 'I look at it every day and say wow.  
  32. ^ Ehrich Dowd, Kathy (April 27, 2015). "Ian Somerhalder and Nikki Reed Are Married!".  
  33. ^ "Young Hollywood Award Winners". All Voices. May 14, 2010. Retrieved May 7, 2012. 
  34. ^ "Teen magic".  
  35. ^  
  36. ^ Veronica Mars' Hits A Neptune High, Wins Top Honors At The mtvU Fandom Awards"'". MTV News. 


Year Award Category Work Result
2002 Young Hollywood Awards Exciting New Face – Male N/A Won
2005 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Breakout Performance – Male Lost Nominated
2006 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Lost (with cast) Won
2010 Young Hollywood Awards[33] Cast to Watch (with Paul Wesley and Nina Dobrev) The Vampire Diaries Won
2010 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Villain The Vampire Diaries Won
2010 Teen Choice Awards Choice Male Hottie The Vampire Diaries Nominated
2011 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor Fantasy/Sci-Fi The Vampire Diaries Won
2011 Teen Choice Awards Choice Vampire The Vampire Diaries Nominated
2011 Teen Choice Awards Choice Male Hottie The Vampire Diaries Nominated
2011 People's Choice Awards Favorite TV Drama Actor The Vampire Diaries Nominated
2012 People's Choice Awards Favorite TV Drama Actor The Vampire Diaries Nominated
2012 Genesis Awards Humane Society Won
2012 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor Fantasy/Sci-Fi The Vampire Diaries Won
2012 Teen Choice Awards Choice Male Hottie The Vampire Diaries Won[34]
2012 Do Something Awards Best TV Star The Vampire Diaries Nominated
2012 Do Something Awards Twitter Nominated
2012 Environmental Media Awards EMA Futures Award Won
2012 Fright Night Awards Favorite Male TV/Movie Vampire The Vampire Diaries Won
2012 International Green Awards Most Responsible Celebrity Won
2013 People's Choice Awards Favorite Dramatic TV Actor The Vampire Diaries Nominated
2013 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor: Fantasy/Sci-Fi The Vampire Diaries Won
2014 People's Choice Awards Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor The Vampire Diaries Won[35]
2014 People's Choice Awards Favorite On-Screen Chemistry (with Nina Dobrev) The Vampire Diaries Won
2014 mtvU Fandom Awards Ship of the Year (with Nina Dobrev) The Vampire Diaries Won[36]
2014 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor Fantasy/Sci-Fi The Vampire Diaries Won
2014 Teen Choice Awards Choice Male Hottie The Vampire Diaries Won
2014 Teen Choice Awards Choice Twit Nominated
2014 Teen Choice Awards Choice Social Media King Nominated
2014 Young Hollywood Awards Best Threesome (with Paul Wesley and Nina Dobrev) The Vampire Diaries Won
2015 People's Choice Awards Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor The Vampire Diaries Nominated
2015 People's Choice Awards Favorite TV Duo (with Nina Dobrev) The Vampire Diaries Won
2015 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor Fantasy/Sci-Fi The Vampire Diaries Nominated
2015 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV: Chemistry (with Kat Graham) The Vampire Diaries Nominated
2015 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV: Liplock (with Nina Dobrev) The Vampire Diaries Won

Awards and nominations

Year Title Notes
2015 The Vampire Diaries Episode: "The Downward Spiral"

As director

Year Title Role Notes
1997 The Big Easy I.Q. Episode: "The Black Bag"
1999 Now and Again Brian Episode: "A Girl's Life"
2000 Young Americans Hamilton Fleming Main cast; all 8 episodes
2001 Anatomy of a Hate Crime Russell Henderson TV film
2002 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Tony Del Nagro Episode: "Revenge Is Best Served Cold"
2002 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Charlie Baker Episode: "Dominance"
2003 CSI: Miami Ricky Murdoch Episode: "The Best Defense"
2004 Fearless Jordan Gracie Unsold TV pilot
2004 Smallville Adam Knight 6 episodes
2007 Marco Polo Marco Polo TV film
2007 Tell Me You Love Me Nick 6 episodes
2008 Lost City Raiders Jack Kubiak TV film
2009 Fireball Lee Cooper TV film
Lost Boone Carlyle Main Cast (Season 1)
Special Guest Star (Season 2–3, 6): 28 episodes
2009–present The Vampire Diaries Damon Salvatore Main cast
2014 Years of Living Dangerously Himself Documentary series; Episode: "Ice & Brimstone"


Year Title Role Notes
1998 Celebrity Unconfirmed Uncredited
2001 Life as a House Josh
2002 Changing Hearts Jason Kelly
2002 The Rules of Attraction Paul Denton
2004 In Enemy Hands U.S.S. Swordfish Danny Miller
2004 The Old Man and the Studio Matt Short film
2006 National Lampoon's TV: The Movie Unconfirmed Uncredited
2006 Pulse Dexter
2006 The Sensation of Sight Drifter
2008 The Lost Samaritan William Archer
2009 Wake Tyler
2009 The Tournament Miles Slade
2010 How to Make Love to a Woman Daniel Meltzer
2013 Caught On Tape Officer Lewis
2013 Time Framed Agent Black Short film
2014 The Anomaly Harkin Langham



In mid-2014, Somerhalder began dating actress Nikki Reed.[30] They confirmed their engagement in February 2015,[31] and married on April 26, 2015, in Malibu, California.[32]

In September 2011, Somerhalder confirmed that he and his The Vampire Diaries co-star Nina Dobrev were dating.[26][27] In May 2013, it was reported that they had ended their relationship.[28][29]

Somerhalder at the 2015 Wizard World Convention, February 2015.

Personal life


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