Displaying astonishing versatility with a wide range of projects, Ian Somerhalder is quickly making his mark on Hollywood.
Somerhalder currently stars in the CW's "The Vampire Diaries" opposite Paul Wesley and Nina Dobrev. Based on the books by L.J. Smith the show centers around Elena Gilber, a high school girl torn between two vampire brothers. Somerhalder plays Damon Salvatore, the elder and far more dangerous of the two brothers who share a long and bitter history. The show premiered on Thursday, September 10th at 8:00PM to the CW's highest ratings and won the 2010 People's Choice Award for "Favorite New TV Drama." Somerhalder won the 2010 Teen Choice Award for "Choice TV Villain" and the show won the award for "Choice TV Show: Fantasy/Sci-Fi."
Somerhalder is well known for his role as 'Boone' on J.J. Abrams' critically acclaimed drama "Lost." Ian won the 2005 SAG Award as part of "Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series" and "Lost" won the 2005 Emmy Award for "Best Television Series - Drama." The show was also nominated for the 2004 Golden Globe Award and the 2004 People's Choice Award. He returned to the show this year for its final season.
Somerhalder recently starred in the Sci Fi Channel's TV movie "Lost City Raiders" opposite James Brolin. "Lost City Raiders" premiered to record ratings and was the Sci Fi Channel's 5th watched movie event of 2008. He also starred in the Hallmark Channel's miniseries "Marco Polo" where he played the title character of Marco Polo opposite Brian Dennehy and B.D Wong. Written by Ron Hutchinson, the film traces the Venetian adventurer's journey to Mongolia where he was an envoy to the court of Kublai Khan.
Somerhalder's other film credits include starring in Ellen Kanor's "The Wake" opposite Bijou Phillips; Aaron Wiederspahn's "Sensation of Sight" opposite David Strathairn and Jane Adams; Jim Sonzero's "Pulse" opposite Kristen Bell and Christina Milian; Roger Avary's “The Rules of Attraction" opposite James Van Der Beek, Kate Bosworth, Kip Pardue and Jessica Biel; Irwin Winkler's "Life as a House" opposite Hayden Christensen, Kevin Kline and Kristen Scott Thomas; Martin Guigui's “Changing Hearts” opposite Lauren Holly and Faye Dunaway; and Tony Giglio's “In Enemy Hands” opposite William H. Macy, Jeremy Sisto, and Scott Caan.
On stage, Ian starred Off Broadway in Trip Cullman's ensemble, "Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead," an "unauthorized parody" that follows the travails of "Charlie Brown," America's most hapless cartoon character, all grown up. The spoof of the Charles Schulz comic strip "Peanuts" follows the original gang a decade later as their beloved beagle companion dies. Ian co-starred with Eddie Kaye Thomas, Eliza Dushku, America Ferrera, Ari Graynor, Logan Marshall-Green, Keith Nobbs and Kelli Garner.
Somerhalder's other television credits includes HBO's “Tell Me You Love Me”, the made for TV movie "Anatomy of a Hate Crime," “CSI” , “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit,” and “Smallville” and WB's "Young Americans.
He currently resides in Atlanta.