Happy Happy Birthday to The Originals Daniel Gillies!

Written by Cecelia Lawshe   // March 14, 2015

Daniel Gillies, Elijah Mikaelson, The Originals

Happy 39th Happy Birthday to The Originals Daniel Gillies!

Happy 39th Happy Birthday to The Originals Daniel Gillies, who plays Elijah Mikaelson, who refers to his relationship with his brother Klaus as an addiction! Daniel has been playing the prim and proper, dapper 1000-year old vampire since 2010, and we still haven’t gotten enough of him.

In this season we learned more of what makes Elijah who he is, and why he presents himself as moral and honorable, when in fact he feels he is neither. His mother Esther told him to clean himself up after he killed Tatia and she created a room behind a “Red Door” for his cleanings to hide. He’s been cleaning himself up every since.

In addition to Elijah, he’s also busy on “Saving Hope,” a Canadian show where he plays bad ass orthopedic surgeon Dr. Joel Goran. That is until the season 3 finale when his character was killed off.

The season 3 finale of “Saving Hope” titled “All the Pretty Horses” was a shocker. Dr. Joel was sent on a devastating field mission with Dr. Zack to handle a freak military accident.

Executive producer Ilana Frank said it was an incredibly difficult decision to kill Joel off. Daniel‘s co-star, Benjamin Ayres who plays Dr. Zack Miller, said he couldn’t believe it was happening. He thought they had gotten a dummy script and was waiting for the real one. But, as with The Originals, it’s all depends on what’s good for the story, and on “Saving Hope” it was killing off Joel.

Ilana Frank on the decision to kill Daniel’s Dr. Joel

We felt it was time to move in a different direction as we head into a new season. We are unbelievably grateful to Daniel for his incredible portrayal of Joel, and to our fans who have loved this character as much as we have.

Now that Daniel only has to do The Originals, he’ll also have more time to spend with his family. He’s been married to actress Rachael Leigh Cook since 2004 and in 2013 they had a beautiful daughter named Charlotte Easton Gillies. They’ll soon be expanding their family to four since recently it was revealed that Rachael is pregnant with their second child.

Between his real life family and his TV family, Daniel is a very busy man! So wish Daniel a Happy 39th Happy Birthday and keep enjoying Elijah on The Originals!

Daniel in “Saving Hope” 3×18 “All the Pretty Horses”

Season 2 of The Originals airs Mondays at 8/7c, on The CW!

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