Ian Joseph Somerhalder is an American actor, model and director best known for playing Boone Carlyle in the TV drama Lost and Damon Salvatore in The CW’s supernatural drama The Vampire Diaries.
In the summer of 2000, Somerhalder starred in the WB series Young Americans, a spin-off of Dawson’s Creek. In 2004, Somerhalder scored his breakthrough role when he played Boone Carlyle in the hit TV show Lost. Despite his character’s death in the twentieth episode of the first season, Somerhalder returned to the role of Boone for seven more episodes between 2005 and 2010, including the series finale.
In June 2009, Somerhalder was cast in the role of vampire Damon Salvatore as a series regular in The CW television drama series The Vampire Diaries. The series premiere attracted The CW’s highest premiere ratings of any season premiere since the network began in 2006. The series has continued to be the highest rated series on its channel with both Somerhalder’s performance and the show receiving a positive response from critics. Somerhalder has received several Teen Choice Award’s and a People’s Choice Award for his participation on the series.