Humans’ fascination with vampires has endured from ancient times, when these feared creatures of the night were imagined as hollow-eyed, rotting corpses fresh from the grave, to today, when the undead no longer strike dread in our hearts but rather stimulate thoughts of a far more carnal nature…
 
And thanks to the discriminating vampire code of beguiling only the most attractive of humans into their fold, hunky vamps like True Blood’s Eric Northman and Bill Compton are (lucky us!) now the totally datable norm among the ranks of the undead.
 
In fact, there are so many ultra-hot vamps vying for our attention these days that we have a devil of a time trying to decide between them. (Angel or Spike? Stefan or Damon?) Good thing we have all of eternity to make up our minds, right, ladies?
 
Since vampires are blessed not just with immortality but eternal youth, it's often hard to tell who is the longest in the tooth (so to speak) among our favorite bloodsuckers, with some of the most baby-faced actually being among the most ancient of the race. Keep reading to see who claims the title of longest-(un)living vamp.

Baby Vamps

Jessica Hamby (True Blood) — A mere ingénue of the undead, the sultry Merlotte's waitress was turned by Bill Compton in 2008 as atonement for a vampire he killed. Jessica still has plenty to learn, but we’ll give the girl due props: she's got that glamour-the-humans thing down cold.

Mick St. John (Moonlight) — A mere 85 years old, Mick was converted to the vampire way of life on his wedding night in 1952 by his vampire bride Coraline. Now that’s a helluva wedding wake-up!

John Mitchell (Being Human) — As a soldier on a WWI battlefield, he sacrificed himself to bloodthirsty Herrick in order to save his men. He later faced off against Herrick to prevent the wholesale conversion of the human race.

Pamela Swynford De Beaufort (True Blood) — Eric Northman's fiercely loyal progeny was turned sometime around 1900, making her a mere sanguinary sapling at just over 100 years old.


19th Century

Spike (Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel) — The future "William the Bloody" was turned in 1880 by Drusilla in an alley after being rejected by the woman he loved. That bites!

Damon and Stefan Salvatore (The Vampire Diaries) — These dead-sexy brothers were vampirized in 1864 by the contaminated blood of the woman they both loved, thereby instigating an eternal love triangle we’re enjoying every week nearly 150 years later.

Bill Compton (True Blood) — This Southern gentleman was preyed upon by Lorena, a vampire pretending to be a grieving widow during the Civil War. He attempted to return home to his wife, but his unholy nature so horrified her that he left, first wiping out her memories of his horrible fate.

Drusilla (Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel) — She had the misfortune to become the focus of Angel's attentions: He made her a vampire, first adding insult to injury by murdering her entire family. She would later become one of his worst foes. You think he would have seen that one coming.


18th Century

Barnabas Collins (Dark Shadows) — This 1960s icon was TV's first hero vampire. Born in 1760, he became a vampire in 1795 after being bitten by a bat. Barnabas will get a major hotness upgrade in the upcoming Tim Burton-helmed big screen adaptation of the cult classic, which will star (quelle surprise) Burton muse Johnny Depp.

Angelus (Angel) — As young, drunken Irish lout Liam, he was reborn as Angelus (and later, just Angel) when Darla fell upon him in a dark alley in 1753. He would later earn the title "The Scourge of Europe" before being cursed with a soul.

Coraline Duvall (Moonlight) — A courtesan in early 18th century France, Coraline was approximately 340 years old when she took a fancy to human Mick St. John, married him, and (without his consent) made him her vampire consort on their wedding night.


17th Century

Darla (Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel) — In 1609, she was a young prostitute dying of syphilis when she was turned on her deathbed by the Master. In the 20th century, she enjoyed pretending to be a high school vamp in order to lure her male victims.


16th Century

Josef Kostan (Moonlight) — This baby-faced vamp is actually 410 years old. Not much is known about his past, except that he was once chased by an angry, torch-bearing mob and had an affair with Greta Garbo (not necessarily in that order). Insanely wealthy, he served as mentor to young vamp Mick St. John.


15th Century

Katherine Petrova (The Vampire Diaries) — Later known as Katherine Pierce, she became a vampire in 1492, the same year Columbus sailed the ocean blue (no historical connection, as far as we know), and eventually ignited a bitter blood brother feud between the Salvatore sibs.


2nd Century

Eric Northman (True Blood) — This striking Viking, whose family had been slaughtered by a vampire, was dying on the battlefield approximately 1,000 years ago when his maker Godric offered him immortal life.

Sophie-Anne Leclerq (True Blood) — Although she's known for her spoiled, immature nature and unseemly love of human trends, this vampire queen is nearly the same age as Eric — and just as powerful.


1st Century

Godric (True Blood) — He hadn't aged a day or sprouted a whisker since he was turned at age 15 by his cruel Roman master, but after 2,000 years, Godric decided he'd lived long enough and committed suicide by sunrise, despite the pleas of his progeny Eric.


Like, Really, Really Ancient…

The Master (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) — Definitely the least fang-tastic vamp of the bunch in terms of personal hygiene and comeliness, he's been undead for so long he lost his human features sometime during the 17th century, but was spoken of as many as 500 years before that, according to Buffy lore. But there are older vampires than he is: seems he was the leader of a cult that worshipped the "Old Ones." Now those guys must be really ancient.


Ancient Roman Times
 
Klaus and Elijah (The Vampire Dairies) — It's a complicated mythology, but as we understand it, these are two of "The Originals," i.e. the first vampires in existence who hail from Dracula's neck of the woods, Eastern Europe.


And can we hear a coffin-tap for the oldest-non-living vamp on TV…

Russell Edgington (True Blood) — This vampire king has wielded his enviable sartorial savvy over his 3,000 years of supernatural skulking, making him the oldest and clearly most jaded, if well-heeled, of all the vamps. Last seen still mourning lover Talbot; currently buried in concrete, awaiting his dramatic comeback.

We're all for long-lived vamps, as long as they retain their steamy good looks. While we'd be devastated if Eric, Bill, or Damon met with the serious end of a stake, we didn't shed any tears when the less-than-GQ-ready Master was turned to dust!