If you are a big fan of Vampire Diaries, brace yourself as one of the actors is on his way to the Pearl of Africa.
We are talking about Daniel Gillies who is coming to Uganda in the next few days as part of the world refuge day that was celebrated a few days back.
The film star who also acts in ‘Saving Hope’, a Canadian soap and another series, the Originals broke the news on his Instagram page saying he’s going to be in Uganda.
“In a few weeks I’m going to join forces with Oxfam (One of the greatest organizations in the war against poverty — Oxfam.org) and we’re going to speak with refugees together,” he said.
Adding that they are going to take some cameras into Bidibidi, Uganda, interview the refugees there and then share these interviews with the rest of the world.
He also urged the public who will be watching these interviews to also share them as well through whatever means.
Born on March 14, 1976, Gillies is a Canadian-born New Zealand actor. He is best known for his role as Elijah Mikaelson on the television series The Vampire Diaries and its spin-off The Originals, as well as Dr. Joel Goran on the Canadian series Saving Hope, a medical themed show with a mystical, paranormal twist. He wrote and directed the 2012 film Broken Kingdom.
Frustrated with the lack of opportunities in New Zealand, he moved to Sydney, Australia for six weeks in 2001, before going to Canada for two months, where he worked as a waiter and dishwasher until deciding to move to Los Angeles, USA.
Gillies began his career starring in several Auckland Theatre Company productions, before landing a two season lead role in the television drama Street Legal. After deciding that his acting options in his native New Zealand were limited, Gillies explored his options in Sydney and Canada. Gillies then moved to Los Angeles and was soon cast in the movies Bride & Prejudice and Spider-Man 2.
Since 2002, Gillies has worked in Canadian and American film and television – at times simultaneously. Before landing lead roles in television series, Gillies landed guests spots on television shows such as Masters of Horror, NCIS, and True Blood. In 2010, he was cast on the hit The CW drama The Vampire Diaries as Elijah Mikaelson. In 2013, CW created a successful spin-off of The Vampire Diaries chronicling the lives of the first (aka “the Original”) vampires. Gillies’ once recurring part as Elijah from The Vampire Diaries became a lead part in The Originals. A potential nightmare existed for CW since Gillies was already under contract to play the playboy-ish Dr. Joel Goran in the supernatural series, Saving Hope. Saving Hope initially aired in the US on NBC, but the series was not renewed although it continued to run in Canada. He continued both shows. In 2012, Gillies wrote, directed and starred with his wife Rachel Leigh Cook in Broken Kingdom.
Gillies married American actress Rachael Leigh Cook on 8 August 2004, after less than a year of dating.
Together, they have a daughter born in 2013 and a son born in 2015.