Michiel Huisman (born 18 July 1981) is a Dutch television and film actor. He was the lead singer and guitarist of the Dutch band Fontane. He starred in the HBO series Treme as Sonny, a drug-addicted musician. He has a recurring role on Nashville as bad-boy music producer Liam McGuinnis.
Life and career
He was a part of the Dutch band Fontane. The band consisted of Huisman, Roland van der Hoofd, Gilles Tuinder and Bas van Geldere. They made music for the Dutch films Costa! and Full Moon Party (in both of which Huisman played a starring role). The band later split up and Huisman decided to pursue music on his own.
He played Rudolf Nureyev in the BBC drama Margot opposite Anne-Marie Duff as Dame Margot Fonteyn which aired in 2009. In the same year he portrayed Ernest II, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha in The Young Victoria, a dramatization of early reign of Queen Victoria.
Huisman played the role of Sonny, a busker who plays keyboards and guitar, in the HBO series Treme (2010-2014). He was taught New Orleans piano by local Davis Rogan for the series. Rogan was the inspiration for Davis McAlary, the character played by Steve Zahn.
In 2013, it was confirmed that Huisman will have a recurring role on the second season of Orphan Black. He will be portraying the character Cal Morrison, a rugged outdoorsman who crosses paths with the clones. The season started broadcast in April 2014.
Huisman first met his wife, fellow Dutch actress Tara Elders, on the set of Phileine Says Sorry in 2003. On 9 June 2007, Elders gave birth to a daughter, Hazel Huisman. The couple were married in a private ceremony around February 2008. Huisman and Elders both starred in two short films directed by Dirk Tuinder, Funny Dewdrop (2007) and Winterland (2009).
July 19, 1981 in Amstelveen, , NL
It’s very rare that a major character on a show gets replaced with another actor and audiences go along with it, but that’s what happened with Michiel Huisman, who replaced Ed Skrien in the role of Daario Naharis during the fourth season of “Game of Thrones” (HBO 2011- ).
Huisman had the distinction of being on three big shows at the same time, namely “Thrones,” country music drama “Nashville” (ABC 2012- ), where he played producer Liam McGuiniss, and the sci-fi series “Orphan Black” (BBC 2013- ), where he played Cal Morrison, a human who interacting with clones.
Huisman was born on July 19, 1981 in Amstelveen, Noord-Holland, which is near Amsterdam. Before “Game of Thrones,” Huisman had a featured role in the Dutch film “Black Book” (2006), and he played Rudolf Nureyev in the BBC TV movie “Margot” (2009) about prima ballerina Margot Fonteyn. Before he became ubiquitous on television, Huisman also performed in a band called Fontaine that wrote music for soundtracks. (Huisman released a solo album in 2005.)
Huisman combined his acting and musical talents on the show “Treme” (HBO, 2010-14), where he played Sonny, an addicted musician. Then came Huisman’s big break into one of the hottest shows on cable, “Game of Thrones,” where he took over the role of Daario Naharis. Huisman was given a lot of leeway to approach the character and re-interpret Daario his own way. The creators of “Game of Thrones” felt that viewers would adapt to the transition between actors well, and Huisman was indeed accepted by fans of the show. (The fan following and ratings for “Thrones” continued to grow stronger every season.)
Huisman also worked regularly in movies such as Brad Pitt’s “World War Z” (2013), and the best seller adaptation “Wild” (2014), starring Reese Witherspoon.
The Young Victoria
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