Ian SomerhalderIan Somerhalder plays Damon Salvatore, the elder of two vampire brothers who share a long and bitter history, in The CW's hit drama "The Vampire Diaries." He was awarded a 2011 Teen Choice Award for "Choice TV Actor Fantasy/Sci-Fi" and a 2010 Teen Choice Award for "Choice TV Villain" for his portrayal of Damon.
Somerhalder is well known for his role as Boone on J.J. Abrams' critically acclaimed drama "Lost." He won the 2005 SAG Award as part of "Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series" and "Lost" won the 2005 Emmy Award for "Best Television Series - Drama." The show was also nominated for the 2004 Golden Globe Award and the 2004 People's Choice Award. Somerhalder returned to "Lost" for several episodes during its final season.
Somerhalder starred in the Sci Fi Channel's "Lost City Raiders," opposite James Brolin. "Lost City Raiders" premiered to record ratings. He also starred in the miniseries "Marco Polo," playing the title character opposite Brian Dennehy and B.D Wong. Written by Ron Hutchinson, the film traces the Venetian adventurer's journey to Mongolia, where he was an envoy to the court of Kubla Khan.
Other film credits include starring in Ellen Kanor's "The Wake," opposite Bijou Phillips; Aaron Wiederspahn's "Sensation of Sight," opposite David Strathairn and Jane Adams; Jim Sonzero's "Pulse," opposite Kristen Bell and Christina Milian; Roger Avary's "The Rules of Attraction," opposite James Van Der Beek, Kate Bosworth, Kip Pardue and Jessica Biel; Irwin Winkler's "Life as a House," opposite Hayden Christensen, Kevin Kline and Kristen Scott Thomas; Martin Guigui's "Changing Hearts," opposite Lauren Holly and Faye Dunaway; and Tony Giglio's "In Enemy Hands," opposite William H. Macy, Jeremy Sisto and Scott Caan.
On stage, Somerhalder starred off-Broadway in Trip Cullman's "Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead," an "unauthorized parody" of Charles Schulz' comic strip "Peanuts" that follows the travails of a grown up Charlie Brown and the original gang as their beloved beagle dies. Somerhalder co-starred with Eddie Kaye Thomas, Eliza Dushku, America Ferrera, Ari Graynor and Logan Marshall-Green.
Somerhalder's other television credits include HBO's "Tell Me You Love Me," the TV movie "Anatomy of a Hate Crime," a leading role in The WB series "Young Americans," and guest starring roles in "CSI," "CSI: Miami," "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit" and "Smallville."
Damon SalvatoreDamon Salvatore, Stefan's dangerous and handsome older brother, is torn between his violent instincts and his growing desire to do good. His attraction to Elena and obsessive love for Katherine fuels his every action and sometimes puts the lives of others at risk.
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Elena longs for simpler times; Stefan and Damon leave Mystic Falls; Caroline and Tyler are forced to make a life-changing decision; Bonnie makes a secret deal.
Klaus acts on his intentions to leave town with Elena, but finds resistance from a surprising new enemy. Damon and Stefan have a surprisingly candid conversation about the future.