Hollywood actor Daniel Gillies first appeared in the 1998 television movie A Soldier’s Sweetheart. He next appeared in an episode of Young Hercules. In the next few years, he had one-time parts in such TV shows as Cleopatra 2525, Mentors, and Jeremiah. His first starring role on television was as Tim O’Connor in the New Zealand drama series Street Legal. He also had roles in the films No One Can Hear You and Various Positions.
In 2004, he portrayed John Jameson in Spider-Man 2. That same year, he had performances in the movies Evil Remains and Bride and Prejudice. He also starred in the television movie Snow Queen and the miniseries Into the West. He later landed roles in the films The Sensation of Sight and Captivity, as well as in the independent film Uncross the Stars. In the 2010s, he first guest-starred in The Glades, True Blood, and NCIS before landing the part of Elijah Mikaelson in The Vampire Diaries.
He played the role on the show recurrently from 2010 to 2014. At the same time, he starred as Dr. Joel Goran in the Canadian show Saving Hope from 2012 to 2015. Gillies then reprised his role as Elijah Mikaelson in The Vampire Diaries spin-off The Originals. He simultaneously guest-starred in an episode of Nate Massey. More recently, he played Mark in the Netflix romantic drama series Virgin River. His latest film performance was in 2017’s The Lost Wife of Robert Durst.
To stay fit and strong, Daniel Gillies works out and tries to be consistent with his workout routine. He regularly visits the gym to train to maintain his ripped body. His fitness regimen is a combination of doing high-intensity lifting workouts and interval training cardio. He also adds more exercises to improve his core. In addition, the actor is naturally active in his lifestyle, engaging in sports and outdoor activities.