Nina Dobrev Biography
Nina Dobrev is a Bulgarian-Canadian actress and model. 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 currently stars as Elena Gilbert, and previously played two separate roles, Katherine Pierce and Amara on The CW's supernatural drama The Vampire Diaries.
Nina Dobrev was born in Sofia, Bulgaria, as Nikolina Konstantinova Dobreva (Bulgarian: Николина Константинова Добрева), and moved to Canada at the age of two, where she was raised in Toronto, Ontario. She speaks fluent English and Bulgarian. She has an older brother, Aleksandar Dobrev. Her father, Konstantin Dobrev, is a computer specialist and her mother, Michaela Dobreva (née Radeva), is an artist.
Dobrev attended J. B. Tyrrell Sr. Public School, where she started ballet and jazz classes, and competed in rhythmic gymnastics. Then, she attended the arts program at 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. She took acting classes at Armstrong Acting Studios in Toronto.
Dobrev has appeared in a number of feature films, including Fugitive Pieces, Away from Her, Never 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-Marcus and David Baum.
She also was in the MTV movie The American Mall. She is currently starring in The CW's supernatural 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.
She also had a role in the erotic thriller Chloe, theatrically released by Sony Pictures Classics on March 26, 2010. The film had enjoyed commercial success and became director Atom Egoyan's biggest moneymaker ever.
In April 2011, Dobrev was cast as Candace in the film adaptation of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, alongside Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Paul Rudd and Ezra Miller. Shooting began in May of that year in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and she completed her scenes on June 27, 2011. The film was released on September 21, 2012.
In August 2014, she starred alongside Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. in the 20th Century Fox comedy Let's Be Cops.
Dobrev began working alongside American actor Ian Somerhalder in 2009, when they were cast as love interests on The Vampire Diaries. They were in a real-life relationship from September 2011 until May 2013.