Ian Somerhalder

BATD ON Aug 19, 2010 AT 1:12 pm

Ian Somerhalder

Ian Somerhalder

Just voted number three on Glamour’s Top 20 Sexiest Men of 2010, Ian Somerhalder has been heating up the screen as bad boy vamp Damon Salvatore on the CW’s hit series, The Vampire Diaries, since its premiere in 2009.  The 31-year-old actor has amassed a huge fan base from his role on the show, and with the popularity of vampires lately, it’s no surprise that the sexy actor made Glamour’s list. 

Growing up in the small southern town of Covington, Louisiana, Somerhalder began a modeling career at the age of 10, and spent a lot of his early teen years traveling to New York, Paris, Milan, and London modeling for big names like Calvin Klein, Versace, Dolce and Gabbana, and Gucci. 

Ian Somerhalder as Boone Carlyle in Lost

Ian Somerhalder as Boone Carlyle in Lost

He began to study acting in New York when he was 17, and two years later started working with preeminent acting coach William Esper.  While working as an extra for the film Black & White, Somerhalder was spotted by a talent manager and landed his television debut on an episode of 1999’s critically acclaimed drama, Now and Again.  He later appeared in several episodes of Smallville as a suitor to Clark Kent’s love interest, Lana Lang. 

Somerhalder landed his big break in 2004 in J.J. Abrams’ television phenomenon, Lost. Somerhalder was the first actor cast as a survivor of Oceanic Flight 815, though his career on the show was short-lived, after his character, Boone Carlyle, was killed off in the first season.  Fortunately, Somerhalder was able to return to the show in several guest star appearances, including the widely-watched finale

Vampire Diaries

Vampire Diaries

After he set sail from Lost in 2004, Somerhalder managed to get back into the spotlight in the 2006 horror flick Pulse, and with the success of The Vampire Diaries, he has now become a major heartthrob for teens – and yes, many adults – everywhere.  For those interested, his past public romances include Nikki Hilton, his Lost co-star Maggie Grace, and Twilight’s Ashley Greene.  His current relationship status remains a mystery to fans but they can see more of the hunky Somerhalder this September, with the season two premiere of The Vampire Diaries. 

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