Characters: The Vampire Diaries Family Members

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    Salvatore Family 

Giuseppe Salvatore

Portrayed by: James Remar

"These creatures are of the darkest parts of hell...they must be destroyed!"

Zach Salvatore

Portrayed by: Chris William Martin

"Blood only runs so deep when you're related to vampires."

Sara Nelson (born Sara Salvatore)

Portrayed by: Tristin Mays

"This is why I don't go to the Animal Shelter"
Daughter of Zach Salvatore, Sara is the only living member of the Salvatore bloodline.


Lillian 'Lily' Salvatore

Portrayed by: Annie Wersching

"You have no idea what devastation feels like. But you will. Because I am going to find a way to get my people back. No matter what it takes."

Stefan and Damon's mother. Lily died of consumption in 1858. In Season Six, it is revealed Lily actually became a vampire. She eventually became a Ripper vampire like Stefan was. Lily was imprisoned in a Prison World by the the Gemini Coven of witches on October 31, 1903.


  • Ax-Crazy
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing
  • The Determinator
  • Iron Lady
  • Knight Templar
  • Mama Bear: Was this to Stefan and Damon before her death in the nineteenth century.
  • Missing Mom: Stefan and Damon initially thought their mom died from tuberculosis in 1858. Turns out she was alive as a vampire trapped in a Prison World of 1903 constructed by the Gemini witches.
  • Mysterious Past
  • Parental Abandonment: When Lily first became a vampire she actually came home to her sons. To her horror, when she came upon a sleeping Stefan she was tempted to feed on him. So she decided to leave her family to protect them from a dangerous vampire.
  • That Man Is Dead: As Lily grew closer to the Heretics throughout their imprisonment in 1903, she became more fond of them, that overtime she began to consider them her family. She admits to Damon the mother he knew her once wasn't able to reconcile with the person she was becoming.
  • Undying Loyalty

    Gilbert Family 

John Gilbert

Portrayed: by David Anders

"You know, Jeremy, I was taught to hate them, the vampires. Itís what I know. Itís what your father knew."

Grayson Gilbert

Portrayed: by Jason Macdonald

Elena and Jeremy's dad and John Gilbert's older brother. Grayson was the town doctor of Mystic Falls. He and his wife Miranda were both members of the Town Council and thus knew about vampires.

He and Miranda were both killed in a car accident going off Wickery Bridge before the start of the series. It's revealed Grayson was actually Elena's biological uncle.

Miranda Sommers Gilbert

Portrayed: by Erin Beute

Elena and Jeremy's mother. She was also Jenna's older sister.
  • Birds of a Feather: With both Kelly Donovan and Liz Forbes.
  • Posthumous Character: Before the beginning of the series, he and his husband Grayson drowned after their car fell off of Wickery Bridge and into the lake.

Johnathan Gilbert

Portrayed: by Joe Knezevich

Elena and Jeremy's ancestor who was part of the vampire round up in Mystic Falls in 1864.
  • Knight Templar: He was a member of one of the Founding Families that hunted vampires along with Giuseppe Salvatore and Barnette Lockwood.
  • Mad Scientist: He invented the Gilbert device, the Gilbert rings, and the Gilbert compass. Though they were actually just spelled by Emily.
  • Posthumous Character:
  • Sanity Slippage

    Bennett Family 

Sheila 'Grams' Bennett

Portrayed by: Jasmine Guy

"I am not Bonnie. You don`t wanna mess with me."

Abby Bennett

Portrayed by: Persia White

"Your grams is way better at this stuff than I am."

Rudy Hopkins

Portrayed by Rick Worthy

Bonnie's father who becomes the mayor after Carol Lockwood is killed.

    Forbes Family 

Sheriff Elizabeth 'Liz' Forbes

Portrayed by: Marguerite MacIntyre

"I`m not going to let people get caught in the crossfire of a pissing contest between a hybrid and a vampire."

Bill Forbes

Portrayed by: Jack Coleman

"You're a vampire, sweetheart. I don't think you'll ever be okay again."

    Donovan Family 

Kelly Donovan

Portrayed by: Melinda Clarke.

    Lockwood Family 

Mayor Richard Lockwood

Portrayed by: Robert Pralgo.


Carol Lockwood

"You know, if you`re going to bring a girl home I wish she`d have the tact not to sneak out like a prostitute."
Portrayed by: Susan Walters.

Mason Lockwood

Portrayed by: Taylor Kinney

"Oh, what am I? I apologize. Iím an animal."

    Martin Family 

Jonas Martin

Portrayed by: Randy J. Goodwin

Luka Martin

Portrayed by: Bryton James

"We`re all bonded together by a code of loyalty to help each other."

Greta Martin

Portrayed by: Lisa Tucker

     Fell Family 

Logan Fell

Portrayed by: Chris Johnson

"I`ve things to do, people to kill."

Dr. Meredith Fell

Portrayed by: Torrey DeVitto

Tripp Cooke (born Thomas Vincent Fell III)

Portrayed by: Colin Ferguson

"Vampires. They are real. And one murdered my wife."

Tripp Cooke, born Thomas Vincent Fell III, is the head of Mystic Falls new militia community in Season Six whose trainees include Matt Donovan. Tripp is determined to protect his town at all costs. He is also a vampire hunter.

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