at PaleyFest2010's "The Vampire Diaries" night at the Saban Theatre in 2010
|Born||Nina Constantinova Dobreva |
January 9, 1989 (1989-01-09)
Nina Dobrev (born Nina Constantinova Dobreva, in Bulgarian Нина Константинова Добрева; January 9, 1989) 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.
 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. 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.
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.
She also had a bit role in the erotic thriller Chloe, theatrically released by Sony Pictures Classics on March 26, 2010. 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 (according to Variety, "$3 million is the new $10 million" for specialty films' box office in 2010).
In August 2010, Dobrev appeared in the opening sketch of the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards.
 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. 
|2006||Repo! The Genetic Opera||Teenage Zytrate Addict|
|2006||Away from Her||Monica|
|2006–2009||Degrassi: The Next Generation||Mia Jones||2006–2009 (44 episodes)|
|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||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|
 Awards and nominations
|2010||Teen Choice Awards||Breakout Star Female||The Vampire Diaries||Won|
|2010||Teen Choice Awards||Actress Fantasy/Sci-Fi||The Vampire Diaries||Won|