Model, actor, and producer Ian Joseph Somerhalder was born in Covington, Louisiana on December 8, 1978. His parents are Edna, a massage therapist, and Robert Somerhalder, a building contractor. He has a sister named Robin who is a broadcast journalist and a brother, Bob, who used to be a professional cyclist.
His modeling career began as early as when he was 10 years old, upon the encouragement of his mother. He also grabbed a modeling stint in Eurpoe. Some famous brands Ian Somehalder modeled for are Dolce & Gabanna, Calvin Klein, Gucci, Versace, and Guess, wherein he became the face of Guess? for two consecutive fall seasons.
At present, Ian Somerhalder is taking on the lead role of Damon Salvatore in the television show The Vampire Diaries. Another TV drama that he is famous for is Lost where he plays Boone Carlyle. He also starred in several TV shows such as Young Americans, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI Miami, Fearless, and Smallville, to name a few.
Since he became active in the industry, Ian Somerhalder bagged several awards already. In 2002, Ian Somerhalder was recognized by the Young Hollywood Awards as the Exciting New Face for male category. His performance in Lost earned him a nomination in the Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Breakout Performance in 2005. A year after, Lost also received Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series from the Screen Actors Guild Awards. This actor surely knows how to work hard to his way up. Nevertheless, he still has time for some leisure activities. He takes delight in yoga, writing, and studying acting to further hone his craft. He is also into water snow skiing and horseback riding.
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