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Ian Somerhalder Biography

Birth Name:
Ian Joseph Somerhalder
Birth Place:
Covington, Louisiana, United States
Actor, model, producer

Fast Facts

  • Trained horses as a kid
  • Began modeling at age 10 and had a successful international career that included work with Versace, Gucci and Calvin Klein
  • Made his television debut in CBS's Now and Again in 1999
  • Produced and starred in the 2004 short Recess
  • Appeared in the 2005 off-Broadway comedy Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead
  • Active in animal-rights issues, and also helped efforts to clean up the 2010 oil spill in his native state of Louisiana
  • Launched The Ian Somerhalder Foundation in 2010, which focuses on environmental concerns


  • 2015People's Choice Awards-Favorite TV Duo: winner
  • 2014People's Choice Awards-Favorite On-Screen Chemistry: winner
  • 2014People's Choice Awards-Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor: winner
  • 2005Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: winner