with practice, persistence – and, perhaps surprisingly, prayer – the 24-year-old from Ballinteer, County Dublin got his first break on long-running History Channel show Vikings in 2016, which led to his lead role in upcoming big-budget Sky series Curfew. After five months on Vikings, Elijah asked Frank to recommend him an agent and was signed by International Artists Management in London. ‘Quite shortly after signing, they got me my first leading role in a big Sky show called Curfew. It sounds like that’s going to be absolutely massive. You’ve got Sean Bean, Billy Zane, Miranda Richardson and a bunch of really good up-and-comers.’ Curfew, which debuts later this month, is about a group of amateur drivers from all over the world who compete in an illegal night-time street race. Elijah plays Zane, who is the ‘the boyfriend of the daughter in the main family. I’m a young, whizz-kid driver but we’re in over our heads. There are a lot of dodgy people in this race with all sorts of explosive weaponry.’
Before he became a painter, Elijah’s father was in post-punk band the Virgin Prunes, whose lead singer was Gavin Friday. Such is his close, lifelong friendship with Bono, the U2 star named his first-born son Elijah Bob Patricius Guggi Q. Of Bono he says: ‘I wouldn’t see Bono much but he is absolutely an inspiring figure. Even to hear the man speak. He’s been through so much and he’s done so much. So the odd time when I would get to see him at some party or dinner or something he’s always supportive.’
Elijah, who shortly begins shooting another film in China and Hungary, also believes in himself. ‘I’ve always wanted to be the best in the world at something. I never knew what that was or what it could be.
‘That might sound crazy – we’ll see. But why not me?’
adapted from Evoke interview by Patrice Harrington (February 2019).