Ian Somerhalder – Biography, Facts & Life Story

Ian Somerhalder American Actor, Model
Ian Somerhalder

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Height, Weight & Physical Stats

Height 5 feet 9 inches (1.76 m)
Weight 71 kg (156 lbs)
Waist 28 inches
Hair Color Dark Brown
Eye Color Blue
Nickname Smolderholder
Gender Male
Age 44 years old (in 2023)
Date of Birth 8th December, 1978
Full Name Ian Joseph Somerhalder
Profession Actor, Model
Nationality American
Birthplace Covington, Louisiana, United States
Religion Roman Catholic
Zodiac Sign Sagittarius

Ian Joseph Somerhalder, also known as Ian Somerhalder was born on December 8, 1978. He was raised in the small southern town of Covington, Louisiana. He is an American actor, model, activist, and director. He is the son of Edna, a massage therapist, and Robert Somerhalder, an independent building contractor.

He is best known for his role in the famous supernatural drama The Vampire Diaries series alongside Nina Dobrev and Paul Wesley. Ian Somerhalder also appeared in the TV drama Lost with co-stars Josh Holloway, Jorge Garcia, and Yunjin Kim.

Career Journey

Ian Somerhalder rose to fame and pursued a modeling career from the early age of 10 to 13. After that, by the age of 17, he decided to step into the realm of acting. Even though he is the second of three children with an older brother, Robert, and younger sister, Robyn. Ian attended a private school in Covington, Louisiana, Saint Paul’s School.

Ian won the hearts of millions of people through his ever-brightening acting skills. He starred in the short-lived WB sitcom Young Americans alongside Rodney Scott, Kate Bosworth, and Mark Famiglietti, in the summer of 2000. In 2002, with talented co-stars such as James Van Der Beek, Shannyn Sossamon, and Jessica Biel, Somerhalder played bisexual character Paul Denton in Roger Avary’s adaption of Bret Easton Ellis’ novel The Rules of Attraction.

In 2004, he played the role of Boone Carlyle in the hit TV show Lost. Ian Somerhalder gained instant popularity after that and he stated that being part of Lost was the greatest experience of his life. In 2009, Ian gave a massive comeback with the movie The Tournament alongside Ving Rhames, Robert Carlyle, and Kelly Hu.

Ian Somerhalder was also cast in the movie Time Framed with co-star Seymour Cassel, and Robert Sisko, in October 2012. For the Netflix science fiction-horror series V Wars, he played the role of Dr. Luther Swann.


As far as Ian Somerhalder’s achievements such as Awards and Nominations are concerned, there’s a whole big list of them. Since Ian is one of the most talented and famous Hollywood personalities. Hence, take a look at the glimpse of this successful The Vampire Diaries actor below.

  • In 2002, Ian won Young Hollywood Awards for the category “Exciting New Face – Male.”
  • In 2006, he won Screen Actors Guild Award for the category “Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series”, for his work in Lost (with the cast).
  • Ian Somerhalder won consecutively two awards in 2010, the Young Hollywood Awards category “Cast to Watch (with Paul Wesley and Nina Dobrev)” and Teen Choice Awards category “Choice TV Villain”, for his role in The Vampire Diaries.
  • In 2011, he won another Teen Choice Awards category “Choice TV Actor Fantasy/Sci-Fi” for The Vampire Diaries.
  • In 2012 and 2014, Ian Somerhalder won Teen Choice Awards for the category “Choice TV Actor Fantasy/Sci-Fi” and “Choice Male Hottie” respectively, for his contribution to The Vampire Diaries.
  • In 2012, He also won Fright Night Awards category “Favorite Male TV/Movie Vampire.”
  • In 2014, Somerhalder won Young Hollywood Awards, “Best Threesome (with Paul Wesley and Nina Dobrev)” in The Vampire Diaries.
  • Ian Somerhalder won the People’s Choice Awards, category “Favorite TV Duo (with Nina Dobrev)” in 2015 for The Vampire Diaries.
  • In 2015, he won Teen Choice Awards, “Choice TV: Liplock (with Nina Dobrev)” again for The Vampire Diaries.


Ian Somerhalder Education

School: St. Paul’s School, Covington, Louisiana

Ian Somerhalder Career

Profession: Actor, Model

Known For: Actor, Model


  • TV Debut: Young Americans (2000)
  • Film Debut: Life as a House (2001)

Salary: $40,000 per episode

Net Worth: $4 Million

Family & Relatives

Father: Robert Somerhalder (a building contractor)

Mother: Edna Somerhalder (a massage therapist)

Brother: Robert Somerhalder

Sister: Robyn Somerhalder

Marital Status: Married

Wife: Nikki Reed (m. 2015)

No. of Children: 1

Daughter: Bodhi Soleil Reed Somerhalder

Past Relationships:

Kate Bosworth (actress & singer)

Nicky Hilton (model & fashion designer)

Maggie Grace (actress)

Megan Auld (Ian’s friend)

Ashley Greene (actress)

Nina Dobrev (actress)

Ian Somerhalder Favorites

Hobbies: Wild Life and Environment Activist

Favorite Movie: The Graduate

Favorite Food: Fish

Favorite Color: Blue, Red, Yellow

Facts You Never Knew About Ian Somerhalder

  • Ian Somerhalder went to Mandeville High School, that was a government-funded school
  • Amid age 10 to 13, he struggled for modeling and later he chose acting by the age of 17
  • On his 32nd birthday, he propelled the “Ian Somerhalder Foundation” which he expects to render awareness and will teach individuals on the significance of ensuring the earth and animals on 8th December, 2010.
  • In the late spring of 2000, Ian Somerhalder was featured in the fleeting WB series Young Americans as Hamilton Fleming.
  • He was given a gift of $11,100 by The Vampire Diaries fan for his birthday
  • Ian Somerhalder has gotten various Teen Choice Award’s and likewise a People’s Choice Award for his participative support on the Vampire Diaries
  • On April 22, 2010, Ian Somerhalder was associated with the cleanup after the Deepwater Horizon oil boring calamity

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