Ian Somerhalder


Full Name: Ian Joseph Somerhalder

Born: 8 December 1978 (Age 37)

Height: 5′ 9½” (1.77 m)

Eye Color: Blue

Hair Color: Brown/Black

Early Life: Ian Somerhalder was born and raised in Covington, Louisiana, the son of Edna, a massage therapist, and Robert Somerhalder, an independent building contractor. He has a brother, Robert, a former professional cyclist, and a sister, Robin, a broadcast journalist. He was raised a Catholic and attended St. Paul’s, a private Catholic school in Covington. His parents divorced when he was 13.

Career: With his mother’s encouragement, at age 10 he began a modeling career that took him to New York each summer. By junior high, he opted to put modeling on the back burner and focus more on sports and school. A few years later, when the opportunity to model in Europe arose, Somerhalder grabbed it, embarking on an enriching path of work, travel and study that took him to cities including Paris, Milan and London. At 17, he began studying acting in New York, and by 19 had committed himself to the craft, working with preeminent acting coach William Esper. His fate was sealed while working as an extra in a club scene in the feature film Black & White. A talent manager visiting a client on the set spotted Somerhalder in a crowd scene of 400 and immediately signed him for representation. He is best known for playing Damon Salvatore in the TV drama The Vampire Diaries and Boone Carlyle in the TV drama Lost.



Bravo Otto

  • Best Male TV Star (2016) – 3rd Place
  • TV Star (2013) – 2nd Place
  • Best Male TV Star (2012) – 3rd Place

Environmental Media Awards, USA

  • EMA Futures Award (2012) – Won

People’s Choice Awards, USA

  • Favorite TV Duo (2015) – Won (shared with Nina Dobrev)
  • Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor (2015) – Nominated
  • Favorite On-Screen Chemistry (2014) – Won (shared with Nina Dobrev)
  • Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor (2014) – Won
  • Favorite Dramatic TV Actor (2013) – Nominated
  • Favorite TV Drama Actor (2012) – Nominated
  • Favorite TV Drama Actor (2011) – Nominated

Screen Actors Guild Awards

  • Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2006) – Won (shared with Lost cast)

Teen Choice Awards

  • Choice TV: Chemistry (2016) – Nominated (shared with Kat Graham)
  • Choice TV: Liplock (2015) – Won (shared with Nina Dobrev)
  • Choice TV Actor: Fantasy/Sci-Fi (2015) – Nominated
  • Choice TV: Chemistry (2015) – Nominated (shared with Kat Graham)
  • Choice TV Actor: Fantasy/Sci-Fi (2014) – Won
  • Choice TV Actor: Fantasy/Sci-Fi (2013) – Won
  • Choice TV Actor: Fantasy/Sci-Fi (2012) – Won
  • Choice Male Hottie (2012) – Won
  • Choice TV Actor: Sci-Fi/Fantasy (2011) – Won
  • Choice Vampire (2011) – Nominated
  • Choice TV: Villain (2010) – Won
  • Choice TV Breakout Performance – Male (2005) – Nominated (for Lost)

Young Hollywood Awards

  • Best Threesome (2014) – Won (shared with Nina Dobrev and Paul Wesley)
  • Exciting New Face – Male (2002) – Won


(On his reasons for becoming an actor) “To explore different parts of yourself and different emotional lives….not to hide from who you are but to actually explore who you are”.

“I have a million acquaintances but just two or three true friends. I can’t hide anything from them.”

“I left my sophomore year and finished through correspondence. But it was such a different age; kids have metal detectors, sociologically relevant issues to deal with, like mass media, the Internet, [etc.] But I went to the best school ever, right near this lake outside of New Orleans. I did see that kids were just brutal.”

“Do I relate to Damon, a diabolical, sociopathic, murderous guy? Totally! No … Only in the sense that I think that Damon is an exceptionally lonely individual and I think that we all experience loneliness at times. And he likes to have fun and he loves girls and that’s really about the only thing that I have in common with Damon. If I had anything else in common with him, I mean I’d probably go to jail.”

“I kind of think too much, I try do too many things at once.”

“You can’t get anywhere without the people who have come into your life.”