Although born in Canada, Daniel Gillies was brought up largely in New Zealand by his Kiwi parents. Following high profile stage roles and a Chapman Tripp award for starring in The God Boy, he got his TV break playing a lawyer on the first two seasons of Street Legal. But it was in American television that Gilles really made his mark: in 2010 he joined hit show The Vampire Diaries as vampire Elijah Mikaelson, which led to a starring role on long-running spin-off The Originals. Concurrently he was playing a doctor in medical drama Saving Hope. In 2012 Gillies wrote and directed big screen drama Broken Dreams.
Elijah is just as confused as everybody else. His one enormous attribute is that he has a massive threshold for patience because he’s been around for 1000 years. Daniel Gillies on his vampiric role in The Originals, Coup De Main website, October 2014