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David Anders
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General Information
Gender: Male
Birthday: March 11, 1981
Age: 40
Hometown: Grants Pass, Oregon, USA
Birthplace: Grants Pass, Oregon, USA
Social Networks: Twitter
Other Information
Height: 6'
Occupation(s): Actor
Education: Grants Pass High School
Talents: Acting
Family & Friends
Family: Dr. Tony (father)
Jeri Holt (mother)
Arik (brother)
Jason (adopted brother)
Maili (adopted sister)
Series Information
Character: Dr. Whale / Dr. Victor Frankenstein
First appearance: Snow Falls
Last appearance: The Other Shoe

David Anders Holt, known professionally as David Anders, is an American television and stage actor. He is best known for his roles as Julian Sark on Alias, as Adam Monroe on Heroes, as John Gilbert in the TV series The Vampire Diaries, Dr. Whale on ABC's Once Upon a Time, and as Blaine "DeBeers" McDonough on iZombie. Although Anders is American, a few of his roles required him to use a British Home counties accent.

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Early life

Anders was born in Grants Pass, Oregon, to parents Dr. Tony and Jeri Holt. Anders is the youngest of four children. He has three older siblings: a biological brother (Arik), an adopted brother (Jason), and an adopted sister (Maili).

Anders began acting in school plays at a young age but spent most of high school playing sports such as basketball and tennis. When he was a senior in high school, at 15, he played Philip the Apostle in a regional theater production of Jesus Christ Superstar. When he was 18 Anders won the part of George in his high school's production of Our Town; following that, he went on to portray Freddy Eynsford-Hill in a production of My Fair Lady.

He graduated from Grants Pass High School.


After moving to Los Angeles, he took the stage name of David Anders due to another actor using the name David Holt. In 2001, Anders took a role playing a high school senior in the Olsen twins' series So Little Time. Later in 2001, Anders landed the role of Julian Sark in Alias; originally a guest star, Anders was made a regular and lasted until 2006. Before his acting debut in Alias, Anders worked at The Gap and taught tennis. Between 2001 and 2006, while working on Alias, Anders made guest appearances on television shows such as Charmed, CSI and Grey's Anatomy. Anders also worked in independent film, and was involved in several plays. In 2002, Anders played in the independent film, The Surge. In December 2001, he appeared in The Source magazine in an ad for the rapper Canibus, in which Anders doubles as Eminem.[citation needed] In 2005, Anders joined the cast of Beautiful, an Off-Broadway rock musical, as the lead. Beautiful was shown during the New York International Fringe Festival. In the same year, he participated in the film Circadian Rhythm. In 2006, Anders worked on the horror film Left in Darkness alongside actress Monica Keena.

In 2007, Anders played the role of ELI in the film of the same name, ELI. He went on to be cast in a regular role in the second season of NBC’s hit Heroes as Adam Monroe/Takezo Kensei, a new character with the ability to regenerate. Anders, as he was playing a Brit, was once again called upon to use his British accent from Alias, despite being an American actor. He also worked on two other movies; Into the Blue 2: The Reef and The Revenant. He also guest-starred in the eighth season of 24. Anders has guest starred as John Gilbert in the TV series The Vampire Diaries in 2010 and 2011.

As of late 2011, Anders had a recurring role as Victor Frankenstein (as well as his Storybrook version Dr. Whale) on ABC's Once Upon A Time. Anders starred as Troy Cutler in USA’s Necessary Roughness and continued his role in Once Upon a Time in Season 3. Since 2015, he has portrayed Blaine DeBeers in the US series IZombie. He also returned to Once Upon a Time for a quick walk-on scene in 2015, and again in 2016. In 2017 he returned for a nonspeaking cameo in the series finale of The Vampire Diaries.

In June 2017, Anders revealed that 'for kicks' he was in the process of recording his first album.


On stage Anders has played the lead role in the world premiere of Rockne: The Musical. He also appeared in The Diary of Anne Frank, in 2001, which received an award for Best Ensemble performance at the Back Stage West Garland Awards.

Charity work

In 2006, Anders became a part of Alias and Heroes co-star Greg Grunberg's band, Band From TV. He sang main vocals alongside Bonnie Somerville. Hugh Laurie (House) on keyboards and James Denton (Desperate Housewives) on guitar were also part of the project. The band's main goal was to raise money for major charities; according to Grunberg, they "charge an incredible amount of money to play corporate events, but if it's all going to charity, then it's worth every dime".

In 2015 Anders appeared in a video promoting Stop-Attack, an app that aims to raise awareness and end domestic abuse. Anders was one of over 125 celebrities who supported the app, along with its equity owner Christina Milian.


Year Title Type Role
2001 So Little Time TV Series Senior High School Student
2002 The Source Booji (as David Holt)
2002 - 2006 Alias TV Series Julian Sark
2003 Player$ TV Series Mr. Sark
2004 Alias Video Game Mr. Sark (voice)
2004 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation TV Series Travis Watson
2005 Charmed TV Series Count Roget
2005 Circadian Rhythm Garrison
2005 CSI: Miami TV Series Brian Miller
2006 Deadwood TV Series Infantryman
2006 Left in Darkness Video Donovan
2007 ELI Short ELI
2007 Grey's Anatomy TV Series Jim
2007 - 2010 Heroes TV Series Adam Monroe / Takezo Kensei
2009 Lie to Me TV Series Staff Sgt. Russell Scott
2009 Into the Blue 2: The Reef Video Carlton
2009 The Revenant Bart Gregory
2009 Children of the Corn TV Movie Burton Stanton
2010 24 TV Series Josef Bazhaev
2010 Warehouse 13 TV Series Jonah Raitt
2010 Undercovers TV Series Matthew Hunt
2010 - 2017 The Vampire Diaries TV Series John Gilbert
2011 The Maiden and the Princess Short Hammond
2011 Archetype Short RL7 (voice)
2011 - 2016 Once Upon a Time TV Series Dr. Whale / Dr. Victor Frankenstein
2012 House TV Series Bill Koppelman
2012 Neighbors Short Timothy Longshanks
2013 Arrow TV Series Cyrus Vanch
2013 Necessary Roughness TV Series Troy Cutler
2013 Criminal Minds TV Series Anton Harris
2015 Stalker TV Series Darren Tyler
2015 - 2019 iZombie TV Series Blaine DeBeers
2016 Comedy Bang! Bang! TV Series Loki
2020 The Magicians TV Series Visigoth Overlord Terrence


  • Played Philip the Apostle in a regional theater production of Jesus Christ Superstar when he was 17.
  • Was accepted at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Pasadena, California, but decided to head to Los Angeles instead.
  • Just before he landed Alias he played the part of a young Knute Rockne in Rockne: The Musical. The play written by Laurence O'Keefe, of Bat Boy fame, fittingly had its world premiere in South Bend, Indiana.
  • Appeared in The Source magazine in December 2001, in an ad for the rapper Canibus, in which David doubles as the Real Slim Shady himself, Eminem.
  • Took the stage name of David Anders because there is already an actor named David Holt. He made the decision to go by his middle name, Anders.
  • To make ends meet while he pursued his dream, he worked in retail sales and taught tennis.
  • Named 79th sexiest man in 100 Sexiest Men In The World [Sneak magazine, UK, 2005]
  • Named 83rd sexiest man in 100 Sexiest Men In The World [Sneak magazine, UK, 2004]
  • Oldest brother is African-American; sister is Vietnamese.
  • Is not English, even though he frequently plays characters who have a English accent.
  • He is the main vocalist for the band, Band from TV, consisting of other TV actors like Bonnie Somerville.
  • He is the youngest of four children. He has a biological brother named Arik. His other two siblings, Jason and Maili, are adopted.
  • He co-starred with Jennifer Garner on Alias from 2002-2006.