Ian Somerhalder is an American actor, male fashion model and producer, best known for his role as Boone Carlyle in the television drama series Lost.
He currently stars as Damon Salvatore, the elder and far more dangerous of two vampire brothers who share a long and bitter history, in the supernatural television series The Vampire Diaries, since 2009.
Somerhalder appeared on the big screen in Scott Mann's The Tournament, opposite Robert Carlyle, Ving Rhames and Kelly Hu. The film is about a battle that takes place every 10 years between 40 of the world's deadliest assassins.
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 recently starred in Lost City Raiders, opposite James Brolin. 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.
Somerhalder's other television credits include the lead role on Young Americans, the TV movie Anatomy of a Hate Crime, and guest starring roles in CSI, CSI: Miami, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit and Smallville.