The American star landed his big break with a part in the music video for Paula Abdul’s Forever Your Girl when he was just eight years old, and roles in TV movie Child in the Night and Back to the Future quickly followed.

Unlike other former child stars that end up rebelling due to the pressure put on them, like Lindsay Lohan and MACaulay Culkin, Elijah managed to avoid the trappings of fame at such a young age.

“I was lucky in the sense that I started work very young but had a solid family base provided by my mother. She instilled a strong sense of perspective and humility in me from a very early age,” he explained to The Telegraph. “Also, that kind of excess has never interested me. I find it boring. But I don’t envy people who are suddenly thrust into fame, because there are no tools to understand how to deal with that.”

His role as hobbit Frodo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings franchise saw his star status soar, with the three films scooping 17 Academy Awards among other accolades. Quizzed on why he thinks the tales, written by author J. R. R. Tolkien, about a group of magical beings living in Middle-earth on a quest to destroy an evil ring, became such a hit with fans, 35-year-old Elijah puts it down to the “simple battle of good versus evil”.

“Everybody can kind of relate to (it),” he smiled. “It’s this kind of hero’s journey, which is present in literature as far as back as Norse mythology. And since Lord of Rings and the Harry Potter films, there’s certainly been a resurgence in it.”

TV show Game of Thrones has been described as “The Sopranos (Mafia-based TV drama) in Middle-earth”, and Elijah can see how people have drawn the comparison. An avid watcher himself, he appreciates how both franchises focus on the human drama just as much as it does the fantasy side of things.

“What’s so strong about Game of Thrones is that it’s a character and political drama, with a sort of fantasy backdrop,” he explained.