Elijah Kelley (born August 1, 1986) is an American actor, singer, and dancer. He appeared in films such as 28 Days (2000), Take the Lead (2006), Hairspray (2007), Lee Daniels’ The Butler (2013), NBC’s live-musical event The Wiz Live! (2015) and as Ricky Bell in The New Edition Story (2017).
Kelley was born and raised in LaGrange, Georgia. He attended Long Cane Middle School and Troup County High School, where he participated in the school’s show choir for years. As a child, he starred in Coca-Cola commercials and played a role in the film Mamma Flora’s Family. He also performed in a church choir and gospel band with his family. His parents, determined to keep their son down to earth, went with him when he moved to Los Angeles after graduating from high school.