The 33-year-old originally started out in acting, and we can see why! By the time he was 17 he then decided to embark on an acting career having become bored of modelling.
He had small roles in TV show Young Americans in 2000 and in 2002 starred in the film adaptation The Rules of Attraction but it wasn’t until 2004 and Ian really made his mark.
Incredibly popular TV series Lost scored Ian his breakout role when he was cast as Boone Carlyle. Despite his character dying in the 12th episode of the first series, they brought him back (thank God) for several episodes between 2005 and 2010 including the season finale.
After departing from lost, Ian did a number of TV and film projects but none of them were of great significance.
It was in 2009 when Ian was cast as the delicious and smouldering Damon Salvatore in The Vampire Diaries that his career really kick-started.
The show was an instant hit with its hot cast and vampire theme and attracted the highest premiere ratings ever for CW network. It has continued to get the highest rating on the network over its three series.
Ian has won 5 awards for his role in The Vampire Diaries including Teen Choice Awards for Choice Male Hottie and Choice TV Villian.
He out-hots his co-stars easily, and most of the male population for that matter, and that is why this beautiful man has made our Eye Candy of the Week!
Unfortunately his is dating his Vampire Diaries co-star Nina Dobrev, but don’t let that stop you ogling his lovely face, and body.
Cara Mason @FemaleFirst_UK