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Gil Darnell
Gil Darnell
Biographical Information
Real Name: Gil Darnell
Height: 6'1
Originally From: Australia
Flag - Australia
Family: Twin Brothers
Twitter: @gildarnell
Personal Information
First appearance: Toy Soldiers
Portrays: Duke of Guise

Gil Darnell is an Australian actor. He portrayed the Duke of Guise on 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.

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 upcoming trilogy that he is writing and producing, based on the true story of his twin brothers. This project will be shot in Hong Kong. IMDb Mini Biography


  • Working on mastering 7 languages (8 including English).
  • Grew up in Hong Kong, speaking English, and Cantonese.
  • Has twin brothers.
  • Wanted to be a jockey since he was 8 years old, but was too afraid of horses to pursue.
  • Has a degree in Physical Education and intended to be a P.E. teacher while training for the Olympics.
  • An accomplished singer, has his own band performing in Hollywood venues, described as a 'rock version of Michael Buble'.

Reign Episode GuideEdit

Season One
Snakes in the Garden
Hearts and Minds
A Chill in the Air
Left Behind
For King and Country
Royal Blood
Dirty Laundry
The Darkness
Liege Lord
No Exit - (Mentioned)
Toy Soldiers
Higher Ground - (Mentioned)
Long Live The King
Slaughter Of Innocence

Season Two
The Plague
Drawn and Quartered
The Lamb and the Slaughter
Blood for Blood
Three Queens
The Prince of the Blood
Terror of the Faithful
Acts of War
Sins of the Past
The End of Mourning
Forbidden - (Mentioned)
Tasting Revenge
Tempting Fate
Reversal of Fortune
The Siege


  • Excluding any 'short' credits
Year Title Role Notes
2000 Brookside Leon Francis 1 episode
2002 Hollyoaks Miles Mackie 15 episodes
2003 Holby City Greg Townsend 1 episode
2004 The Bill Steve Hart 2 episodes
2004 Wipe Out Mark TV Movie
2005 Doctors Mike Taylor 1 episode
2008 Color of the Cross 2: The Resurrection Cleopasr Movie
2008 Entourage Photographer 1 episode
2009 Don't Look Up Romanian Camera Assistant Movie
2009 Dedd Brothers Richard Ambrose Movie
2011 Un-Natural Selection William 5 episodes
2014 Disorganized Zone Henry 1 episode
2014 Redirected Johnny Movie
2014 Soldiers of the Damned Major Kurt Fleischer Movie
2014 Reign Duke of Guise 5 Episodes
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