Saving Hope

Daniel Gillies On The Shocking 'Saving Hope' Finale

The TV Junkies

Well, damn. That just happened.

After three seasons of rock star surgeries, sexy love scenes and a professional roller coaster at Hope Zion, Dr. Joel Goran (Daniel Gillies) is just … gone. Even Charlie (Michael Shanks) and Alex (Erica Durance) shippers couldn’t have seen that one coming.

In Wednesday night’s Season 3 finale of the CTV medical drama show Joel was killed off during one of the episode’s final scenes, in which he pulled a bomb from a patient and wound up accidentally killing himself instead. Meanwhile Alex had her baby, bringing the whole circle of life thing … well, full circle.

“We have loved having Daniel Gillies as part of our Saving Hope family for the past three seasons, and we will miss his presence on set immensely when we return for Season 4,” executive producer Ilana Frank said in a statement. “The decision to kill the character of Joel was one that we did not take lightly, and it was an incredibly difficult decision to make. Creatively, we have spent three seasons with a love triangle storyline between the characters of Alex, Charlie, and Joel, and we felt it was time to move in a different direction as we head into a new season. We are unbelievably grateful to Daniel for his incredible portrayal of Joel, and to our fans who have loved this character as much as we have.”

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15 Incredibly Amazing Facts About Daniel Gillies

by Heather Vee

Elijah Mikaelson is an enigma wrapped in a well-tailored suit, but there’s nothing enigmatic about the talents and work ethic of the man who brings our favorite moral vampire to life. Daniel Gillies is an actor, director, producer, writer, and as bad ass in real life as his vampiric counterpart.

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Saving Hope Star Daniel Gillies Does Double Duty


Five years ago, Daniel Gillies had a handful of TV stints and film roles on his resumé, but he hadn’t yet found that breakout hit. Fast forward to today and he’s balancing the vampire life on CW hit The Originals, playing one-third of a salacious love triangle on Canadian original Saving Hope and learning the ropes of fatherhood with wife Rachael Leigh Cook (She’s All That) and their 1-year-old daughter.

His skyrocketing popularity with the young female crowd has become so overwhelming that he’s weary about even taking photos since they “suddenly show up everywhere” online. The Canadian actor is aware these are high-class problems, ones that translate onscreen to his insanely swamped “man-whore” character Dr. Joel Goran on Saving Hope.

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Saving Hope’s Daniel Gillies a black sheep in medical family (Video)

With a pediatrician for a father and a nurse for a mother, it’s fitting that Daniel Gillies plays a doctor on TV. The Saving Hope star portrays Dr. Joel Goran on the Canadian medical drama, which returned for its third season on Monday.

“I feel like there’s something in my bones that lets me do this stuff,” he says. “My sister is also a nurse, my uncle is a doctor, my grandfather was a doctor, and my great-great-great grandfather, Sir Harold Gillies, was knighted because he was the first plastic surgeon. He performed the first skin graft for men in combat during the First World War.”

Medicine never appealed to me,’ he says. ‘Also, I think I’m too lazy.

Daniel Gillies: Art is the highest form of worship

Hollywood Journal.  
By Heather Courtney Quinn

I got a chance to catch up with Daniel recently at home when he came back for one of his usual twenty-four hour weekend visits with the family.  Over the years, I have gotten to know him and he definitely embodies the ‘soul of biz’ because he is a true artist at heart.

Daniel is currently finishing up shooting the 1st season of The Originals for the CW. He also plays a doctor on NBC’s Saving Hope, which he shoots the rest of the year. He is so passionate about what he does and I honestly believe that he would do it, even if he didn’t get paid a cent.

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