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Nina Dobrev

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Nina Dobrev
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Dobrev in 2012
Born Nikolina Konstantinova Dobreva
(1989-01-09) January 9, 1989 (age 28)
Sofia, Bulgaria
Occupation Actress
Years active 2006–present
Notable work The Vampire Diaries
Home town Toronto, Ontario

Nina Dobrev (born Nikolina Konstantinova Dobreva;[1] January 9, 1989[2]) is a Bulgarian-Canadian actress.[3][4] She portrayed Mia Jones on the drama series Degrassi: The Next Generation (2006–2009), and then played the role of Elena Gilbert, Katherine Pierce Amara and Tatia on The CW‘s supernatural drama series The Vampire Diaries (2009–2015, 2017).

Dobrev has also starred in several feature films, including the 2012 film The Perks of Being a Wallflower, the 2014 comedy Let’s Be Cops, the 2015 horror comedy The Final Girls, and the 2017 action movie xXx: Return of Xander Cage.

Early life[edit]

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.[5] 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.[5]

Dobrev attended Vradenburg Junior Public School and J. B. Tyrrell Sr. Public School, where she started ballet and jazz classes, and competed in rhythmic gymnastics.[5] Then, she attended the arts program at Wexford Collegiate School for the Arts in Scarborough and Ryerson University, majoring in sociology. She left in 2008 to pursue her acting career. She took acting classes at Armstrong Acting Studios in Toronto.[6]

Career[edit]

Dobrev in 2008

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 had a role in the MTV film The American Mall.

Dobrev subsequently starred in The CW‘s supernatural drama series The Vampire Diaries, a television adaptation of the book series of the same name, playing the role of Elena Gilbert.[7] This series achieved worldwide success and her portrayal of Elena Gilbert and Katherine Pierce received critical acclaim.[citation needed] In April 2015, Dobrev announced via Instagram that she would be leaving The Vampire Diaries after portraying Elena for six seasons.[8] In January 2017, it was announced that Dobrev would return as Elena in The Vampire Diaries series finale.[9]She then had a minor role in the erotic thriller Chloe, theatrically released by Sony Pictures Classics on March 26, 2010.[10] The film had enjoyed commercial success and became director Atom Egoyan‘s biggest moneymaker ever.[11]

Dobrev at San Diego Comic-Con in 2011

In April 2011, Dobrev was cast as Candace Kelmeckis in the film adaptation of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, alongside Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, and Paul Rudd.[12] In August 2014, she starred alongside Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. in the 20th Century Fox comedy Let’s Be Cops.[13]

Dobrev played the role of Vicki Summers in the 2015 horror comedy film The Final Girls.[14] The film received critical acclaim upon its release. In September 2015, Dobrev was cast in the film Arrivals, opposite Asa Butterfield and Maisie Williams, portraying the role of flight attendant Izzy.[15] The same year, she was cast in the romantic comedy Crash Pad, alongside Domhnall Gleeson and Christina Applegate, which began filming in Vancouver in fall 2015.[16]

In April 2016, it was announced that she had officially joined the cast of the action film sequel XXX: Return of Xander Cage, opposite Vin Diesel and Samuel L. Jackson.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Dobrev in 2014

Dobrev attended Wexford Collegiate School for the Arts in Scarborough, Toronto until her graduating year. She entered post-secondary studies at Ryerson University in Toronto, majoring in Sociology, before dropping out in 2008 to pursue her acting career.[18] Dobrev is multilingual and speaks English, French and Bulgarian.[19] While filming The Vampire Diaries, Dobrev lived in Atlanta.[citation needed] She moved to Los Angeles in 2015.[citation needed]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Repo! The Genetic Opera Teenage Zydrate Addict
2007 Away from Her Monica
2007 How She Move Tall Girl in Bathroom
2007 The Poet Rachel
2007 Fugitive Pieces Bella
2008 Mookie’s Law Rosabella Bulut Short film
2009 You Got That Light Girl Short film
2009 Chloe Anna
2011 The Roommate Maria
2011 Arena Lori Lord
2012 The Perks of Being a Wallflower Candace Kelmeckis
2014 Let’s Be Cops Josie
2015 The Final Girls Vicki Summers
2017 xXx: Return of Xander Cage Becky Clearidge
2017 Flatliners Marlo In post-production
TBA Departures Izzy [20]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Playing House Young Frannie McKenzie Movie
2006–2009 Degrassi: The Next Generation Mia Jones Recurring role: season 6; main role: seasons 7–8; guest star: season 9 (52 episodes)
2007 My Daughter’s Secret Justine Dysert Movie
2007 Too Young to Marry Jessica Carpenter Movie
2008 The Border Stephenie 2 episodes
2008 Never Cry Werewolf Loren Hansett Movie
2008 The American Mall Ally Shepherd Movie
2009 Eleventh Hour Grace Dahl Episode: “Eternal”
2009 Degrassi Goes Hollywood Mia Jones Movie
2009–2015,
2016, 2017
The Vampire Diaries Elena Gilbert / Katherine Pierce / Amara Main role: seasons 1–6; uncredited voice role: season 7;[21] guest star: season 8[9] (134 episodes)
2009 Merry Madagascar Cupid the Reindeer (voice) Christmas special
2011 Family Guy Lois’ High School Bully (voice) Episode: “Trading Places
2011 The Super Hero Squad Show Ellen (voice) Episode: “This Man-Thing, This Monster!”
2014 Robot Chicken Cortana / Abby / Jenny Curran (voice) Episode: “Panthropologie”
2014- 2018 The Originals Tatia / Katherine Zeta 6 episodes
2016 Lip Sync Battle Herself Episode: “Tim Tebow vs. Nina Dobrev”
2017 Workaholics Courtnee Episode: “Termidate”

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2010 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Breakout Star – Female The Vampire Diaries Won [22]
Choice TV Actress – Fantasy/Sci-Fi Won [22]
Young Hollywood Awards Making Their Mark Won [23]
Cast to Watch (with Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder) Won [23]
2011 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress – Fantasy/Sci-Fi Won [24]
Choice Hottie – Female Nominated [25]
Choice Vampire Nominated [26]
2012 People’s Choice Awards Favorite TV Drama Actress Won [27]
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress – Fantasy/Sci-Fi Won [28]
San Diego Film Critics Society Best Ensemble Performance The Perks of Being a Wallflower Won [29]
2013 People’s Choice Awards Favorite Dramatic TV Actress The Vampire Diaries Nominated [30]
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress – Fantasy/Sci-Fi Won [31]
2014 People’s Choice Awards Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress Nominated [32]
Favorite On-Screen Chemistry (with Ian Somerhalder) Won [32]
mtvU Fandom Awards Ship Of The Year (with Ian Somerhalder) Won [33]
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Fantasy/Sci-Fi Won
Young Hollywood Awards Fan Favorite Actor – Female Nominated [34]
Best Threesome (with Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder) Won [34]
2015 People’s Choice Awards Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress Nominated [35]
Favorite TV Duo (with Ian Somerhalder) Won [35]
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Fantasy/Sci-Fi Won [36]
Choice TV: Liplock (with Ian Somerhalder) Won [36]
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