Ian Somerhalder (born December 8, 1978) is an american actor, model and director. His main television role was on The Vampire Diaries, portraying Damon Salvatore. A fictional vampire who started out as an antagonist, and soon became the protagonist.
Ian Somerhalder's Past
Ian was born and raised in Covington, Louisiana. He has a French, English, Irish and Scottish background. During his free time as a child he enjoyed being outdoors and participating in his school's drama club as well as performing at the local theatre. By the time he was 11 he had started modelling. When he was about 16 he was offered a modeling job in Europe. This took him to Paris, Milan and London. When he was 19, Ian started working with an acting coach. In 1999 he was an extra in the film Black & White. Soon after this, a talent manager signed Ian on for representation. Since then, Ian has been cast in numerous shows and movies. In 2009, Ian was cast in The Vampire Diaries television series.
Ian has been cast and has acted in many different shows and movies. Below is a list some of Ian's main acting experiences.
- The Vampire Diaries (TV Series * 2009 - 2017)
- Lost (TV Series * 2004-2010
- Wake (Movie * 2009)
- Lost City Raiders (Movie * 2008)
"I work with the Humane Society a lot and have three rescue cats." - Ian Somerhalder
Ian Somerhalder has supported the following charities:
- Alzheimer's Association
- Animals Asia
- Best Friends Animal Society
- Elton John AIDS Foundation
- Helen Woodward Animal Center
- IS Foundation
- Teen Cancer America
- The Humane Society
- The Trevor Project
- United Nations Development Programme
In 2010 Ian started a charity called "The Ian Somerhalder Foundation". He created it to help teach people and start projects to help out the environment and it's creatures. Below is a photo and a video of Ian and The Ian Somerhalder Foundation at work.
" I can't let time move on without fighting tooth and nail and hopefully being a part of a revolution that is positive." - Ian Somerhalder
The Latest on Ian Somerhalder
Below are the awards Ian Somerhalder has received. Below you will also find they are separated into categories, each category is the general time frame the award was received.
Ian won the Young Hollywood Award for Exciting New Face - Male
Screen Actors Guild Award For Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. He and the ensemble of Lost received this award in 2006.
The cast of The Vampire Diaries won the Young Hollywood Award For Cast To Watch in 2010.
He also won the Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Villain in 2010.
In 2012 Ian Somerhalder won a number of awards including:
Bravo Otto - TV Star - Male. Ian won this award again in 2015.
Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actor: Fantasty/Sci-Fi Ian also won this award in 2013 and 2014.
Teen Choice Award For Choice Male Hottie
" Every love story needs a catalyst of some sort." - Ian
2013 - 2014
Bravo Otto - TV Star
People's Choice Award For Favourite On-Screen Chemistry
Young Hollywood Award For Best Threesome (Love Triangle)
People's Choice for Favourite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor
People's Choice Award For Favourite Duo
Teen Choice Award For TV Choice TV: Liplock