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Nina Dobrev

Nina Dobrev

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Nina Dobrev

at PaleyFest2010's "The Vampire Diaries" night at the Saban Theatre in 2010
Born Nina Constantinova Dobreva
January 9, 1989 (1989-01-09) (age 21)
Sofia, Bulgaria
Occupation Actress
Years active 2006–present

Nina Dobrev (born Nina Constantinova Dobreva, in Bulgarian Нина Константинова Добрева; January 9, 1989)[1] is a Canadian actress. She played the role of Mia Jones, the single teenage mother on Degrassi: The Next Generation, from the show's sixth to ninth season. She currently stars as Elena Gilbert and Katherine Pierce on The CW television teen drama The Vampire Diaries.



[edit] Early life

Dobrev was born in Sofia, Bulgaria to Bulgarian parents and moved to Canada at the age of two, where she was raised in Toronto, Ontario. She speaks Bulgarian, French, and English. Her mother is an artist while her father is a computer scientist. She has one older brother, Aleksandar, who is studying to become an engineer.[2] She attended J. B. Tyrrell Sr. Public School and Wexford Collegiate School for the Arts in Scarborough, Ontario. From a very young age, she showed great enthusiasm and talent for the arts—dance, gymnastics, theater, music, visual arts, and acting. Dobrev attended the Dean Armstrong Acting school where she was discovered by many different talent agencies in Toronto.[citation needed]

[edit] Career

Modeling jobs led to commercials, which then turned into film auditions. Shortly thereafter, she booked roles in feature films, including Fugitive Pieces, Away from Her, Never Cry Werewolf, and the television series Degrassi: The Next Generation. She also was in an MTV movie called The American Mall on CTV. She is currently starring in The CW's drama The Vampire Diaries, playing the dual role of Elena Gilbert, a human who is caught between two vampire brothers, and Elena's doppelgänger Katherine Pierce, a vampire that the same brothers each loved while they were still human during the American Civil War.[3]

She also had a bit role in the erotic thriller Chloe, theatrically released by Sony Pictures Classics on March 26, 2010.[4] The film grossed $3 million in the United States theatrically and became one of the higher-grossing specialty films in the United States in 2010[4] (according to Variety, "$3 million is the new $10 million" for specialty films' box office in 2010).[5]

In August 2010, Dobrev appeared in the opening sketch of the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards.

[edit] Personal life

Dobrev attended Wexford Collegiate School for the Arts in Toronto until her graduating year. She entered secondary studies at Ryerson University in Toronto, majoring in sociology, before dropping out in 2008 to pursue her acting career. [6]

[edit] Filmography

Dobrev at the 2008 Toronto Film Festival
List of film and television credits
Year↓ Film↓ Role↓ Notes↓
2006 Repo! The Genetic Opera Teenage Zytrate Addict
2006 Away from Her Monica
2006 Playing House Shania
2006–2009 Degrassi: The Next Generation Mia Jones 2006–2009 (44 episodes)
2007 The Poet Rachel
2007 Fugitive Pieces Bella
2007 My Daughter's Secret Justine
2007 Too Young to Marry Jessica
2008 Mookies Law Rosebella Short film
2008 The American Mall Ally Shepherd
2008 Never Cry Werewolf Loren Hansett
2008 The Border Maia Episodes: "Articles of Faith" and "Blowback"
2009 Chloe Anna
2009 Degrassi Goes Hollywood Mia Jones
2009 Eleventh Hour Grace Dahl Episode: "Eternal"
2009 Merry Madagascar Cupid the Reindeer Voice only
2009–present The Vampire Diaries Elena Gilbert/Katherine Pierce Lead role
2011 Deathgames

[edit] Awards and nominations

Year↓ Award↓ Category↓ Work↓ Result↓
2010 Teen Choice Awards Breakout Star Female The Vampire Diaries Won
2010 Teen Choice Awards Actress Fantasy/Sci-Fi The Vampire Diaries Won

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