Ian Somerhalder is an American actor, director, and model who is best known for his role as Damon Salvatore in the critically acclaimed teen supernatural series The Vampire Diaries. The prominent actor has enjoyed worldwide fandom thanks to the series. He is currently married to another Hollywood sweetheart Nicole ‘Nikki’ Reed. Get to learn more about the actor below.
Ian Somerhalder Bio (Age)
Ian Somerhalder was born on the 8th day of December 1978 in Covington, Louisiana. He is of French, English, and Scots-Irish descent. Ian is the second child of massage therapist Edna and independent building contractor, Robert. He has an elder brother named Robert, and a younger sister, Robyn. He went to Mandeville High School, a public school located in Mandeville, Louisiana for his high school education.
Thanks to his ever so charming face, Ian began modeling at the age of 10. To this effect, he went to New York every summer for his modeling. He grew up in a home where swimming, boating, fishing, and horse training were activities he could participate in. By the time he was 17, Ian Somerhalder decided to go into acting.
Ian Somerhalder got his first main role in 2000 when he was cast in Warner Bros drama series Young Americans. He received the main role of Hamilton Fleming, the son of the Dean. The series was created as a spin-off and proposed replacement for the teen drama series Dawson’s Creek.
Prior to his casting in Young Americans, Ian had only received minor roles. He followed this up with getting cast alongside Jessica Biel, James van der Beek, and Shannyn Sossamon in the black comedy movie adaptation The Rules of Attraction, based on the novel of the same name written by Bret Easton Ellis in 1987. However, his breakthrough role didn’t come until 2004 when Ian Somerhalder joined the cast of the critically acclaimed ABC series Lost. He played the part of Boone Carlyle and was a main character in the entirety of season 1. Even though Boone doesn’t show up much often after the first season, Ian’s performance cemented a place in the minds of viewers as an actor to watch out for.
While doing work on Lost, Ian Somerhalder got himself busy with other projects as well. He was U.S.S. Swordfish Danny Miller in the 2004 movie In Enemy Hands. He was also in the short film The Old Man and the Studio released in the same year. Ian Somerhalder was Adam Knight for 6 episodes in the popular Warner Bros TV series Smallville. He was an assassin in the 2009 British independent action thriller The Tournament. The same year, he landed his most notable role yet. Ian Somerhalder got cast in the role of Damon Salvatore in The CW supernatural series The Vampire Diaries. The first episode of the show aired on the 10th of September, 2009 and the final episode aired on the 10th of March, 2017. Ian eventually directed three episodes of the lauded series and became a producer for the show as well.
His performance was top notch that he won several Teen Choice Awards and was nominated for many others. In April 2018, Ian Somerhalder was reported to have been cast in an upcoming Netflix series V-Wars as Dr. Luther Swann.
Outside of his acting, Ian Somerhalder is a charitable person with a love for animals and the environment. He runs the Ian Somerhalder Foundation, which he launched on his 32nd birthday. He has also partnered with St. Tammany Human Society, The Trevor Project, It Gets Better Project and other NGOs.
Wife and Daughter
Ian Somerhalder was dating fellow Vampire Diaries co-star Nina Dobrev when he met Nikki Reed. At the time, she was still married to singer-songwriter Paul McDonald. Nikki and Nina have been friends for a while and decided to go on a double date. Afterward, in 2014, Nikki got divorced from Paul, and Ian and Nina broke off their relationship. Ian and Nikki began dating shortly after their respective splits, and in three weeks’ time, they moved in together. By February of the following year, the couple announced their engagement and got married on the 26th of April, 2015 at a secret wedding only attended by family and close friends. Rather than receive wedding gifts, the couple asked that funds be donated for animal rescue charity.
On the 25th of July, 2017 Ian Somerhalder and Nikki Reed welcomed their first child and daughter into the world; baby Bodhi Soleil Reed Somerhalder.
Height and Body Measurements
Ian Somerhalder stands at a moderately tall height of 5 feet 9 inches with a body weight of 71 kg, or 156.5 pounds. He also possesses blue eyes and dark brown hair.