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Gil Darnell is an Australian film and television actor who portrayed Christian de Guise in Reign.


Born in Australia and raised in Hong Kong, Gil is proficient in Cantonese and Portuguese. Originally an accomplished field hockey player, he abandoned his Olympic dream of representing Australia after attending a London showing of The Phantom of the Opera, where after he embarked on a career in performance.

His ambitious new journey began with an acceptance to London's prestigious Mountview Theatre School, and has continued to climb ever since.


Gil's career started in the UK (credits include "Hollyoaks", "Holby City", "Doctors", "Brookside" and "The Bill"). After relocating to Los Angeles, he promptly turned out a strong performance on "Entourage", as well as many memorable commercial spots including the #1 Super Bowl Commercial of 2011 for Audi. Gil credits his Ketel One advertising campaign with transforming his career and saving him in the nick of time from returning to a 'normal' job! His career then took off with feature films including "All Things to All Men" in London with Gabriel Byrne, "Amnesia", "Don't Look Up", and the 2014 release of "Redirected", an outrageous black comedy described as "The Hangover" meets "Snatch". Gil can next be seen recurring as Christian de Guise in the CW's hugely successful period drama "Reign".

Along with a passion for horse racing, Gil is currently immersed in the Chinese martial art Wu Shu, training for an trilogy that he is writing and producing, based on the true story of his twin brothers. This project shoot in Hong Kong.



Year Title Role
2004 Almost Strangers Grant
Wipe Out Mark
2007 Burden Hill Mr. Loomis
2008 Color of the Cross 2: The Resurrection Cleopas
2009 Don't Look Up Romanian Camera Assistant
Dedd Brothers Richard Ambrose
Conflict Zone Jerry
2010 Magic Land N/A
2012 Blood Moon William Titus
The Chronicles of Sir Colonel Walter S Houghington III: Entry One N/A
Genre This Jasper Beaumont
2013 All Things to All Men Adrian Peters
2014 Redirected Johnny
Valiant Ronnie Amberson
Limbo James Swan
Beyond the Lights N/A
Soldiers of the Damned Major Kurt Fleischer
Sovereign victor
N/A Amnesia Dr. Eccles


Year Title Role
1998 The Bill Steve Hart
2000 Brookside Leon Francis
2002 Hollyoaks Miles Mackie
2003 Holby City Greg Townsend
2004 The Bill Dave Watson
2005 Doctors Mike Taylor
2008 Entourage Photographer
2011 Un-Natural Selection William
2014 Disorganized Zone Henry
Reign Christian de Guise



  • Studied Flying Trapeze and is training to be a catcher.
  • Is a grand-nephew of actress Linda Darnell.
  • Sponsors 3 kids through World Vision in Zimbabwe and Kenya.
  • Working on mastering 7 languages (8 counting English).
  • Wanted to be a jockey since he was 8 years old, but was too afraid of horses to pursue.
  • Favorite movies are Cinema Paradiso and Duel.
  • Once posed as a French sailor during Australia's defense of The America's Cup in Perth, just to meet a girl.
  • Has a degree in Physical Education and intended to be a P.E. teacher while training for the Olympics.
  • He was the first 'Tequila boy' in London, making a living promoting nightclubs and serving tequila shots while working hard to break into acting.
  • An accomplished singer, has his own band performing in Hollywood venues, described as a 'rock version of Michael Buble'.