Nina Dobrev (born Nikolina Konstantinova Dobreva; January 9, 1989) is a Bulgarian Canadian actress and model.[1][2] She played the role of Mia Jones, the single teenage mother, on Degrassi: The Next Generation, from the show's sixth to ninth season (2006–2009). She stars as Elena GilbertKatherine Pierce and Amara on The CW's television drama The Vampire Diaries.


 [hide*1 Early life

Early life[edit]Edit

Nina Dobrev was born in SofiaBulgaria, as Nikolina Konstantinova Dobreva (Bulgarian: Николина Константинова Добрева), and moved to Canada at the age of two, where she was raised in TorontoOntario.[3] She speaks fluent English and Bulgarian.[4] She has an older brother, Aleksandar Dobrev. Her father, Konstantin Dobrev, is a computer specialist and her mother, Mihaela Dobreva (née Radeva), is an artist.[3]

Dobrev attended J. B. Tyrrell Sr. Public School, where she started ballet and jazz classes, and competed in rhythmic gymnastics.[3] Then, she attended Wexford Collegiate School for the Arts in Scarborough, Ontario, and Ryerson University in Toronto, majoring in sociology. She left in 2008 to pursue her acting career.[5]


Dobrev has appeared in a number of feature films, including Fugitive PiecesAway from HerNever Cry Werewolf, and the teen television series Degrassi: The Next Generation. She also starred in a number of Lifetime original movies. In 2007 she appeared in the music video of You Got That Light performed by Wade Allain-Marcusand David Baum. She also was in the MTV movie The American Mall. She is currently starring in The CW's drama The Vampire Diaries, playing the dual role of Katherine Pierce, a vampire loved by two human brothers, Damon and Stefan Salvatore, during the American Civil War, and Katherine's doppelgänger Elena Gilbert, a recently turned vampire who is caught between the same two brothers who are already turned into vampires .[6]

She also had a role in the erotic thriller Chloe, theatrically released by Sony Pictures Classics on March 26, 2010.[7] The film had enjoyed commercial success and became director Atom Egoyan's biggest moneymaker ever.[8]

In April 2011, Dobrev was cast as Candace in the film adaptation of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, alongside Logan LermanEmma WatsonPaul Rudd and Ezra Miller.[9] Shooting began in May of that year in PittsburghPennsylvania, and she completed her scenes on June 27, 2011.[10] The film was released on September 21, 2012.

Personal life[edit]Edit

Dobrev began working alongside American actor Ian Somerhalder in 2009, when they were cast as love interests on The Vampire Diaries. They formed a real-life relationship from September 2011 until May 2013.[11][12]


[1][2]Dobrev at 39th People's Choice Awards in 2012

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Away from Her Monica
2006 Playing House Young Frannie
2007 How She Move Tall Girl in the Bathroom
2007 The Poet Rachel
2007 Too Young to Marry Jessica TV film
2007 Fugitive Pieces Bella
2007 My Daughter's Secret Justine TV film
2008 Repo! The Genetic Opera Teenage Zydrate Addict
2008 Never Cry Werewolf Loren Hansett TV film
2008 The American Mall Ally Shepherd TV film
2008 Mookie's Law Rosebella Short film
2009 You Got That Light Girl Short film
2009 Degrassi Goes Hollywood Mia Jones TV film
2009 Chloe Anna
2011 The Roommate Maria
2011 Arena Lori
2012 The Perks of Being a Wallflower Candace Kelmeckis
2014 Let's Be Cops Unknown Post-Production
Year Title Role Notes
2006–2009 Degrassi: The Next Generation Mia Jones 52 episodes
2008 The Border Maia 2 episodes
2009 Eleventh Hour Grace Dahl Episode: "Eternal"
2009 Merry Madagascar Cupid the Reindeer (voice) TV special
2009–present The Vampire Diaries Elena Gilbert/Katherine Pierce/Amara Lead Role
2011 Family Guy Various voices Episode: "Trading Places"
2011 The Super Hero Squad Show Ellen (voice) Episode: "This Man-Thing, This Monster!"

Awards and nominations[edit]Edit

[3][4]Dobrev at the 2011MuchMusic Video Awards

Year Award Category Work Result
2010 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Breakout Star – Female The Vampire Diaries Won[13]
2010 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress – Fantasy/Sci-Fi The Vampire Diaries Won[13]
2010 J-14 Teen Icon Awards Iconic TV Actress The Vampire Diaries Nominated[14]
2010 Young Hollywood Awards Making Their Mark The Vampire Diaries Won[15]
2010 Young Hollywood Awards Cast to Watch (shared with Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder) The Vampire Diaries Won[15]
2011 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress – Fantasy/Sci-Fi The Vampire Diaries Won[16]
2011 Teen Choice Awards Choice Hottie – Female The Vampire Diaries Nominated[17]
2011 Teen Choice Awards Choice Vampire The Vampire Diaries Nominated[18]
2012 People's Choice Awards Favorite TV Drama Actress The Vampire Diaries Won[19]
2012 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress – Fantasy/Sci-Fi The Vampire Diaries Won[20]
2012 San Diego Film Critics Society Awards Best Ensemble Performance The Perks of Being a Wallflower Won[21]
2012 J-14 Teen Icon Awards Iconic TV Actress The Vampire Diaries Nominated[22]
2013 People's Choice Awards Favorite Dramatic TV Actress The Vampire Diaries Nominated[23]
2013 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress – Fantasy/Sci-fi The Vampire Diaries Won[24]
2014 People's Choice Awards Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress The Vampire Diaries Nominated[25]
2014 People's Choice Awards Favorite On-Screen Chemistry (with Ian Somerhalder) The Vampire Diaries Won[25]
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