Daniel Gillies as Elijah Mikaelson
Elijah Mikaelson is an Original Vampire, who was born to Mikael and Eshter in the 10th century. He has six siblings, a deceased unnamed brother, three younger brothers (Finn, Kol and Henrik), and a younger sister named Rebekaj. He also has a younger half-brother named Niklaus. After Mikael’s death, Elijah is the eldest Original alive and the second oldest immortal being in the world after Silas.
Elijah is a member of the Mikaelson Family.
During Elijah’s early life, he and Klaus both fell in love with a woman named Tatia. Although she had a child by another man, both brothers fought over her before realizing family was more important. They lived among werewolfs for about twenty years, and during the full moon, the humans would simply hide in the underground caves while the others turned.
He enjoyed sparring with Klaus, much to the disapproval of his father, who didn’t like the fact he was sparring with his step-son Niklaus whom Mikael viewed as reckless. One morning after a full moon, Niklaus comes out of the woods holding his dead little brother Henrik. Elijah comes running from the woods to Niklaus and Rebekah and sees that Henrik is dead.
Before Esther completed the vampire ritual, Mikael gave his children wine laced with blood from Tatia. Then he then stabbed Elijah and his siblings through the heart with a sword and made them drink human blood. After becoming a vampire, Elijah, along with his family, made sure that the White Oak Tree burned down completely as it was the only thing capable of killing them. The ash from the tree was saved and could be used in conjunction with a silver dagger to neutralize all of the Originals except for Niklaus since he also had the werewolf gene when turned, allowing him to heal from silver.
Shortly after becoming a vampire, his mother was killed by Miakel. After burying their mother, Elijah, Klaus, and Rebekah promised that they would never turn their backs on each other and that they would stick together as one, always and forever.
Elijah was first introduced in season two and was the first member of The Original Family we had a chance to meet. He is described as unpredictable, bolshie and stubborn, but also very warm, kind, smart, caring, selfless, beautiful, empathetic and compassionate. When he was turned into a vampire, his beliefs were magnified and they developed in him a man who strongly believed in honor and loyalty. Whenever he would give his word to someone, he would keep it. This earned him the trust of Elena and a few others. He would also gain a respect for human life unseen in many vampires. He also showed a respect for human conventions: in Katerina, when he collected a series of coins from a nearby guitarist so as to send a message to Damon and Rose, he didn’t compel him, instead giving him a $100 in exchange. He was also reluctant to kill anyone when unnecessary such as when he tried to save Elena’s life.
However, his turning into a vampire also brought out darker sides to his personality. Namely, he was now willing to kill whenever it suited his needs and showed little remorse about it. Elijah also had little to no tolerance for those who broke their words to him, shown when he killed Trevor for betraying him and imprisoned Katherine for her own betrayal. Despite the fact that he always kept his word, he was proficient at finding loopholes in the deals he made and was very careful with those that he proposed, making it clear that whenever he did something, he hadn’t promised not to do it. Ultimately, he would always do whatever he needed to do to accomplish his needs.
One of Elijah’s only weaknesses is a growing habit of being extremely gullible, which is shown when Niklaus insisted that he hadn’t thrown their family at sea and that he will resurrect them, to which Elijah believes him and is betrayed and daggered. Nevertheless, Elijah’s main quality is however his intelligence which he uses to deadly effect whenever it is needed. He doesn’t act rashly but always plans carefully ahead and knows what to do and when to do it. This makes him very unpredictable and dangerous, so much so that few are capable of actually trusting him.
However, everything that Elijah did, he did to preserve and protect the one thing he values most: his family. When he was human, Elijah was very close to his siblings, his brother Niklaus and his sister Rebekah in particular. Nevertheless, like all his siblings, he feared and respected his father, Mikael. When his father had apparently killed his mother and his brother Finn and Kol had fled their village, he swore to be “always and forever” with Niklaus and Rebekah. To this end, he helped Niklaus break the curse that prevented him from releasing his werewolf side. Also, despite the fact that he tried to kill Niklaus, he was shown to still care for his younger brother. He was devastated when he learned of Klaus’s death at Alaric’s hands and, in his only true moment of weakness, he embraced his sister Rebekah for comfort while tears are visible in his eyes. He was also reluctant to leave Niklaus behind when Alaric was hunting them, claiming that, no matter what he had done, he was still his brother. It was also suggested in the same episode that, instead of hating Klaus, Elijah was actually disappointed by him.
Elijah is an exceptionally attractive, beautiful and handsome man, 5’11” in height, and has a thin but muscular body. He has short brown hair, with hazel brown eyes. His facial features are angular – high cheekbones, a strong jawline, and a straight nose. Despite being centuries old, he appears to be in his late twenties or early thirties, somewhere between 28 – 32. He also appears to be older than his half brother Niklaus, and is possibly older than his brother Finn, making him the oldest sibling of the family. Elijah is similar to his younger brother Kol, in facial features, but resembles all of his siblings in a more general way. Elijah in the present day is consistently well-dressed. His boy next door esque wardrobe typically consists of a dress jacket, dress shoes, dress pants, shirt and sometimes a tie. This continues his trend of dressing well throughout the centuries. As a human, he wore more simplistic clothing, along with the other males in his family. But after a 100 years it seems he upgraded his attire to clothing indicative of a nobleman. Elijah has also worn different hairstyles in keeping with the times. As a human he wore it long, but by the 12th century he wore it shorter and also wore some facial hair. His hair does not appear to have changed much in style by the 15th century, only a bit shorter. As a 21st-century man, Elijah maintains a much shorter style for a cleaner look, suggesting along with his attire a man of refined tastes.
In Season 4 of TVD, episode American Githic, when Elena and Rebekah tracked down Katherine Pierece after she had gained possession of the cure, they learned she was meeting with a contact of hers. Elena posed as Katherine, discovering her contact was Elijah, who she was her broker in the deal to exchange the cure for her freedom from Klaus. Elijah and Katherine had rekindled the relationship they had formed centuries prior and through this affection, Elijah was helping her. He quickly saw through Elena’s disguise and confronted her, realizing she had turned off her humanity as well as seeing her as a vampire for the first time. She told him that Katherine had killed Jeremy, much to Elijah’s surprise, and he showed great sympathy, upset by Katherine’s lies.
Katherine arrived and tried to explain herself but Elijah’s distrust of her made it hard for him to go along with her plans but she finally gave him the cure, proving herself to him and telling him that she truly did love him. With the cure now in his possession, Elijah spoke with Rebekah, uncertain as to why she would want to be human since that would take her away from her family. He then spoke to Klaus over the phone, telling his brother that he now has the Cure and intends to bring it back to Mystic Falls, much to Klaus’ elation. When Klaus voices out that Elijah may have a long list of demands before handing it over, Elijah tells him “not that long” .
Daniel Gillies – Biography
Daniel was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. His father is a pediatrician. He was raised in New Zealand and went to Southwell School and the Hamilton Boys’ High School. His acting debut was in Street Legal. His next bigger role was in Spider Man 2, where he played John Jameson, a fiancee of Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst). Gillies starred in his acting debut in the New Zealand drama Street Legal, where he played Tim O’Connor (2000–2002). He was featured in the movie Spider-Man 2 (as John Jameson) alongside Kirsten Dunst and Tobey Maguire. He guest-starred on NCIS as a British MI-6 agent, and on The Vampire Diaries as one of the Originals, Elijah.He also worked with Ian Somerhalder in the film Sensasion Of Sight.  As of June 2012, he appears in the NBC medical drama, Saving Hope. Gillies plays Joel Goran, the hotshot young surgeon. Gillies’ other television credits include HBO’s True Blood and A&E’s The Glades. Other guest appearances include Masters of Horrors, Jeremiah and Mentors. A veteran of the theater, Gilles participated in over twenty plays professionally; including Julius Caesar, Three Sisters, Long Day’s Journey into Night and The Judas Kiss. In 2006, he played a lead in the International Festival film The Sensation of Sight, alongside Academy Award nominee David Strathairn. The following year, Gillies started his own production company – Holy Monster. In 2010, Gilles wrote and directed his first independent film Broken Kingdom. The film was shot in Bogotá, Colombia and Los Angeles. It can be downloaded via its official website for only 5 dollars. he also worked in Gurinder Chadda’s Hollywood film called Bride and Prejudice as the role, Johnny Wickham, along with the actress and former Miss World, Aishwarya Rai. He has been married to actress Rachael Leigh Cook since 2004. He is making a movie called “Broken Kingdom” in which he and his wife are playing the main roles